My response to the this letter to the Editor:
This letter is in response to "Nation must return to its spiritual roots" which was published on 12/1/09.
I guess it is best to start my response from the beginning... with this quote from the author:
"Our spiritual foundations are being shaken to their very roots by the evil of Political Correctness..."
Then followed this quote:
"Our nation was founded on the solid principles of natural law through divine right."
Well.. in response... I have a lil diddy, also known as Article 11 from a from the Treaty of Tripoli signed by a Founding Father and former US President John Adams - that our author should be aware of:
"As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."
I would suggest our author read some additional research which also argues the Founding Fathers never intended this to be a "Christian" or even "spiritual" nation... However... maybe the author needs some additional quotes by equally important Americans.. such as another American President:
“Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separate.” Ulysses S Grant, 1875
or perhaps maybe a more recent legal opinion on the matter by say... a Supreme Court Justice:
“The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach” US Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, 1947
I will give the author credit for one thing the phrase "separation of church and state" never appears in either the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights. So he is atleast correct there. However, the Constitution does put strict limits that on the governments establishment of religion... so perhaps another quote to remind our dear author...
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”
No establishment of religion. In the US Constitution. Written by the same Founding Fathers.
So a few questions for the author. Why does the Nation have to return to spirituality? Whats stopping him from practicing his faith?
The Government certainly isnt. No one but himself is preventing him from doing so. He doesnt need an entire nation to believe in anything for him to practice his faith.
The authors problem is.. he underestimates the intelligence of our Founding Fathers. He forgets that our Founding Fathers were also the ultimate political historians. They knew what happened when politics and religion mix. The author should wise up and start to realize that as well before he ask for something that the Founding Fathers went out of their way to prevent for a very good reason.