Religion Does Have A Place In Government

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Something is really sticking in my craw! In fact, I just cannot swallow it. That is the assumption that somehow religion has absolutely no place in governmental policy and guidance.

To the contrary, my book on the Constitution and bylaws explains on page six that, and I quote, "in both the Declaration of Independence AND in the Constitution there is to be found a profound reverence for religion and an assumption that its influence in all human affairs is essential to the well-being of the United States."

The fundamental freedoms of speech and religion are patently undeniable ... and yet every time the press comes down (exercising its freedom) it is always AGAINST religion and its expression! Has it ever occurred to the press that in part, the fight for freedom was exactly that?

Somehow the ACLU seems to always want to deny religion ANY expression when it involves government and faith. Yet when any government agency DARES to take on the press, there are screams of bloody murder. WHY? Because you want the same freedom for yourselves that you deny those who have a belief system.

In reading the Constitution it occurs to me the purpose of the founding fathers was not to protect government from religion but rather the reverse ... to protect religious expression from governmental interference. After all, who has the ability to make and enforce laws? Certainly not religion. It is the government we need protection from, and thank God there are protections.

In the preface of a book on the Constitution signed by such notables as Hoover, Taft, Coolidge, Roosevelt and Harrison, to name a few, is this statement: "Menaced by collectivist trends, we must seek revival of our strength in the spiritual foundations which are the bedrock of our republic. Democracy is the outgrowth of our religious conviction of the sacredness of every human life." On the religious side, the highest embodiment is the Bible; on the political, the Constitution!

Our governor as a STATE representative has rights not be abridged by the federal government. I personally believe she was well within her rights as governor of this great state to proclaim a Bible week. It is not a law and it is not "making anybody do anything!" It is focusing our state on the spiritual needs of a goodly portion of the citizens of this state.

We are so concerned about protecting minority rights that majority rights are abrogated. Whatever happened to "live and let live"? Get off your hobby horse and give us a voice too!

Rev. John A. Roy
Payson

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