In response to your editorial of Nov. 17 concerning a proclamation of a Bible week, I am compelled to give you my opinion.
My wife and I are retired Christian missionaries, having spent more than 30 of the most productive years of our lives proclaiming the Christian Gospel in the Pacific Islands.
We nearly lost our lives a number of times. We were stoned, our windows broken out, explosives put in our boat, and nearly drowned in angry seas as our boat capsized. We do not consider our work in vain, but perhaps we were more needed here in the United States to proclaim the gospel to a nation that has strayed so far from the principles of our founding fathers.
Your argument citing the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," has absolutely no bearing upon this situation. There is no law being passed by either Gov. Hull or local mayors of cities or towns.
Presidents, governors and mayors do not make the laws. They may submit proposed legislation, but it is the legislature that votes for a law and then it is signed into law by the president or governor or mayor, respectively.
For the governor or mayor to suggest, or proclaim, or promote, or declare a week of the Bible is not making a law, and no one is required by any law to participate if they do not wish to.
You, the ACLU, and all others who embrace your opinion are not only way off base, you are not even in the ballpark.
Your reference to the religious states, Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia are perfect examples of the freedom of countries that were not founded on Christian principles as the United States was.
Robert E. Allen