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September 23, 2006

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To the editor:

Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline has a powerful story to share ("Kline's 'church effort' continues," Journal-World, Sept. 18). He is blessed to have seen the power of the gospel at work in his life. He is to be commended for his sincerity and his fervor.

What he does not see is that telling his story for the purpose of taking "full advantage of his support among conservative Christians" is violating the very principles he claims to espouse and is sworn to protect.

A prime New Testament principle is that all things will ultimately be brought into subjection to Jesus Christ. Yet Mr. Kline is making Jesus Christ subject to his partisan political ambitions and strategies.

The U.S. Constitution explicitly prohibits any religious test for holding public office. Yet Mr. Kline is presenting himself as a candidate for public office based on his personal religious experience.

Mr. Kline is sworn to protect the constitutional rights of all Kansas citizens, yet he presents himself to highly selective church audiences. Devout Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu voters or those of no religious persuasion, while constituting a significant portion of our state's citizenry, are being treated by Mr. Kline as a mere afterthought at best or as totally ignorable at worst.

Lewis E. Hinshaw III,

Baldwin

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i_tching 7 years, 6 months ago

The Article 6 "no religious tests" clause of our revered Constitution was hard fought by secular and religious parties on both sides of the issue back in the days of the founding.

Many states required profession of Christianity and regular worship from both office-holders and the general population. These notions were disposed from government by the Founders, who were absolute in their establishment of a secular United States.

Of course any individual is free, as they should be, to proclaim and advocate for their faith. But to expect to give and take political advantage from this is not definitively American, nor even a very good idea.

If you think it is good to mix religion and politics, go have a little chat with the Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds in the bombed-out coffee-houses of Baghdad.

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