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Letter was example of the real problem — ignorance

To The Daily: I don’t really know to whom Glenda Turner was directing her comments (Letters, Oct. 12), but to call anyone else “narrow minded,” given her obvious religious bent, is calling the kettle black.

To say this country’s Founding Fathers relied on Scripture and faith in God is a gross statement of her profound ignorance about the actual nature of our nation’s founders and their quest for total religious freedom.

To say the Constitution even suggests that a Catholic, as opposed to a Baptist, Buddhist, Muslim, or atheist, should not be elected as president says even more about her own narrow-minded, inane vision of this country than anything that might ever be construed on our Founding Fathers. If she were to open a book or two about the subject, she will find it very enlightening.

Has she even read anything of the writings of our Founding Fathers: Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, George Washington? Never mind.

Her comments tell me she has not or she would realize that they were not all “Christians.” Most of the more active in the cause of freedom for the future United States of America were at best deists and most likely atheists, based on their writings — at the least, agnostics.

What kind of religious oppression does she think the founders of this country were trying to escape from? Her kind, would be my answer, and I have no doubt the founders would mostly agree.

To say “God is with” or “God is against” anything is to say we have no choice in the matter. If things are spinning out of control as you suggest, it is not because of God or a lack thereof. It is because of ignorance. Her letter is very good, yet appalling proof of it.

Kerry Grissett

Ironically, some Christians blind to other world views

To The Daily: In response to Glenda Turner’s Oct. 12 letter, I find flaws.

First, I have closely read the Constitution and found these words in Article VI, Clause 3, “ religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any office or public Trust under the United States.” The Constitution of Alabama of 1901, Article 1. Section 4, carries similar words but closes “under this state.” The Founding Fathers prohibit a religious test, while some Americans living 220 years later want the application of one.

Our forebears may have exhibited faith in God, but they did not emphasize the name “Creator” or “Lord” in the Constitution as the affirmation of one true religion. Unless one counts the divine title in the preamble and the reference to “in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven,” in the document of Article VII of the Constitution, there is no other direct reference to God.

The term Christian land or nation for the United States that has become the long-held myth of many Americans, even of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, is without foundation. To be called a Christian nation, the United States must have accepted the words and works of Christ above all other personalities and ideologies. A Christian nation believes the unbelievable, bears the unbearable, forgives the unforgiven and loves the unlovable. Our nation has never fulfilled these descriptions.

Finally, our nation is great and prosperous because it was founded on two equal principles of civil and religious liberties. They are two separate and distinct entities operating in their spheres of design.

So powerful is prejudice and so distorting is religiosity, that Ms. Turner will not recognize others who differ from her Christian viewpoints. That’s a real shame to our democracy and freedom.

Isaiah J. Ashe

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