Bible Week Would Not 'Establish' Religion

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In response to your Nov. 17 editorial about Bible Week, I would like to point out a few things.

One is that Amendment I to the Constitution of the United States states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Two is, what does "establishment" mean? Webster says "something established; a code of laws;..." Simply proclaiming a week in the year as "Bible Week" is certainly not establishing anything. It simply is suggesting to the Christian community that they need to read the Bible. This Christian community includes many religious bodies, individually and collectively. It doesn't "establish" anything. I feel your interpretation is somewhat out of line and needs to be rethought.

I certainly, as many others, feel that the United States needs to get back to the principles and values which are in the Bible. If we look at history, we see that there have been many peoples who turned their backs on God, and that was their downfall.

Do we want America to go down? Not us who love and cherish it! There are some factions in our country who do not love and cherish it! It is about time that we who do, take a stand and exert every effort to keep America a God-fearing country, and proclaiming a "Bible Week" isn't hurting anybody, but strengthening those who care to observe it.

This is not an infringement by the government on our religious beliefs or principles. The ACLU needs to spend its money and time on more important issues -- the needy, the hungry, those who need health care and issues that really matter.

Clarys Boyle
Payson

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