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Nation not founded on religious freedom
To The Daily: The article on the Jan. 7 opinion page of The Decatur Daily, “A Muslim in the House,” reflects the misguided notion by many that ours is a nation founded on religious freedom. Catholics, Jews and others, including Muslims, have arrived at the shores of the U.S. and have become citizens; but they came for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not for religious freedom.

True, a part of that liberty is to be able to worship and follow the tenets of one’s faith, but liberty ends when such faith calls for the usurping of individual rights or violates civil law. Sacrificing children to the Canaanite gods or having orgies in the temples of Aphrodite is religious freedom but, as far as I know, is not tolerated.

The writer, Charles C. Haynes, mentioned that Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., doesn’t want to be known as the “Muslim representative.” Why then did Ellison take his oath of office on the Quran? Americans need to understand the Islam Quran or Koran refutes the writings of the Christian Bible, so in essence, Ellison swore an oath on a book that states the Judeo-Christian God is a liar and all unbelievers of Islam need to be dead.

Is this religious liberty? You can decide for yourself, but I would agree with Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va.: Americans best “wake up.”

Lon Pearson


Dislikes Daily’s editorial policy, political cartoons
To The Daily: I am so at odds with your liberal policy, your editorial cartoons that constantly put down my president (yours too, whether you know it or not) and your constant mindless liberal editorial cartoons that I didn’t even want to see a Christmas card from you and your grandchildren in the paper.

The only reason I subscribe is you’re the only option for local news.

Bobbie Johnson


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