Separation Of Church And State

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Editor:

In a recent letter in support of Mr. Pyle — the writer attempted to refute the argument that we are, in fact, a nation of laws, not a Christian nation. He argued that when my father taught me about enlightenment rationalism and its legacy within our Constitution, he was teaching me a “belief.” This is an interesting projection of a sort.

It is simply a fact that there is no mention of Jesus Christ or God (both characters of a belief system) within the U.S. Constitution. If Christianity was so all-important to our Founding Fathers why, must I ask, didn’t they include it?

The letter writer tells us that, “many liberals have altered America’s heritage, removed religion from its history, and replaced it with the Soviet doctrine of the separation of church and state.”

To attribute the original notion of a wall of separation between church and state to the Soviet Union is a flat fallacy. It was Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to the Danbury Baptists:

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”

The writer concludes with a sweeping generalization: “Most of these angry people (liberals) despise God and any morality.” I hope that I won’t dignify this statement by pointing out that there are plenty of examples, both liberal and conservative, believer and non-believer, of immorality.

Alan R. Hudson

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