First Amendment being used as weapon

Dear secular progressives: “Separation of church and state” is not a Constitution-given weapon to keep people of faith from influencing government policy. Rather, it is in the U.S. Constitution to protect churches — prevent the government from being able to force churches to act against their deeply held principles and beliefs. And to protect churches from any such governmental control or coercion to do so.

Known as the “Establishment Clause,” the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of 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.”

President Thomas Jefferson described the amendment as “building a wall of separation between Church and State” in a New Year’s Day 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut, who had written President Jefferson out of concern that the Constitution was not specific in regards to religious liberty. Not once in his entire letter did President Jefferson describe “a wall of separation between Church & State” as being an assurance that neither Christian leaders nor the Bible could influence government policy. In an age of rising secularism and attacks on Christian politicians who believe God’s Word to be the ultimate standard for creating policy, those who dare attack such politicians are morally and logically wrong to use the term “Separation of Church and State” against them.

“You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” — Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (RIP)

Brandon Strassell

Elizabethtown

List of America’s problems is growing

Our relatively new president is being billed as a unifier with a Gallop poll 56% approval rating in June. It is now 50%. A current ABC News poll shows that 55% of respondents don’t like the direction the country is taking resulting in a 20 point increase since May.

Our southern border is like nonexistent, resulting with COVID-laden illegals flooding the country. We have gone from a country of excess energy to a country of energy shortage resulting in excessive fuel costs on all goods and services. What is the status on wearing masks? That depends on who you talk to. The administration seems to have pivoted from the unifier mode to the Sen. Bernie Sanders progressive mode where the government is in charge of almost everything and spending is not a problem. Apparently no care or thought is given to our children who will have to pay for all of these little items. Ransomware is an attack on automation. Automation is one of the answers to relieve poverty.

This list will just keep growing until someone answers the call in the White House.

Bill Beckerdite

Elizabethtown

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