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Separation issue

November 12, 2000

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To the editor:

Several of the letters written to the editor concerning Scott Morgan's comments about holidays have stated that the Constitution of the United States sets out a separation of church and state.

Let me set the record straight.

The only mention of religion in the Constitution of the United States is in the First Amendment. It states, in full, "Congress shall make no law respecting an established 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."

There is no statement about separation of church and state. In fact, it states that the Government should not "prohibit the free exercise" of religion.

The first Congressional meeting was opened with a two and one half hour prayer.

The people of this country have been misled by a Supreme Court who invented the separation of church and state, and I challenge anybody to tell me where the Constitution separates church and state.

Darryl Graves,

Lawrence.

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