Rewriting History?

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Editor:

The ACLU, secularists and liberals of our country are trying to remove God from our society and are attempting to rewrite the history of our country.

Nowhere in the First Amendment does it say that the government has a responsibility to maintain a "separation of church and state" -- that was Justice Hugo Black's contribution to the denigration of our society. The First Amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Our forefathers came here to (1) escape from a government mandated religion and (2) to have the freedom to worship as they please. There was never an intention to remove God and the teachings of the Ten Commandments from our society.

As you enter the U.S. Supreme Court, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on the lower portion of each door, and you can see the Ten Commandments displayed on the wall behind the Supreme Court Judges.

There are bible verses etched in stone all over the federal buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C.

James Madison, the "Father of our Constitution", stated: "We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.

Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.

Thomas Jefferson was worried that the courts would overstep their authority and attempt to make law instead of interpreting law.

Sociologist Richard Sennett states: "Religion cements civil society, as government does not. The result is an inseparable faith in God and country that makes the United States distinctive among western nations. To the extent that this has been an essential thread through 250 years of history, its origins lie in the Puritans' conviction that faith is the foundation on which a person's life is built and thus the foundation of society itself."

How, then, does the ACLU and their ilk believe that everything we have done in the last 250 years in this country is wrong and unconstitutional?

Don Castleman, Payson

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