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Church, state

February 27, 2002

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Consider the following politically incorrect statement, "By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed on the same equal footing." This statement was made by the Supreme Court in 1799 to clarify what was meant by the "no establishment" clause quoted above. The founding fathers did not want a national church. America was a Christian nation at its foundation, but not a specifically Baptist or Congregationalist or Catholic nation. Far from a "separation" of church and state, John Adams said there should be an "indissoluble bond" between them. George Washington said, "If this nation should ever cease to place God first in everything, this nation will cease to exist."

We owe a great debt to the faith of our fathers. For the strength of our nation today is due not to any economic system but to the strong Christian values that are its foundation. Yet, if the ACLU had its way, all the founding fathers would be in jail. We all need to go back and read what they wrote about the importance of religion in government and stop quoting fictitious laws. If we continue to outlaw God from the public life, then George Washington will be proved a prophet, and this nation will pass the way of the Roman Empire.

Shawn P. Tunink,

Lawrence

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