Letters to the editor, April 6

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Biblical basis

The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion or impeding the free exercise of religion. If we look at the plain language of this amendment, it says nothing about the separation of church and state.

Liberals and the likes of the ACLU have come to believe that this means that church and state are polar opposites, that the administration of our federal government is to be devoid of religious considerations, especially those of Christianity.

The term “separation of church and state” has been attributed to a statement made by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to a church in Connecticut. If we look at the body of writings by our founders and those in authority during the Colonial period and the first years of our country, it is more than obvious that they, with very few exceptions, believed the basis of a moral government was the administration of biblical concepts.

If any reader has doubts of this, then I would submit that you read The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States by Benjamin F. Morris.

I would, then, disagree with T. Jervis Underwood [DRC, March 19], that state and federal laws are trying to straighten out anything put in place when our country was founded, but to the contrary, are tearing down what was put in place. At the same time, they are trying to defy the Almighty who “sits in the heavens shall laugh” and “shall hold them in derision.”

William Collins,
Denton

 


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