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in response to reader comment: MUCH ADO ABOUT JESUS

Submitted by Concerned American (United States), Jan 10, 2008 at 01:09

PLEASE find some history book(s), and not the ones containing PC revisions of history, to learn about what the founders believed. The "separation of church and state" quote has been used to promote a lie for so long that it has become fact. "Separation of church and state" is not used in any amendment to the Constitution, and I defy you to find it.

Those words were used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to a christian group in Connecticut called the Danbury Baptists. They were upset that the state said it had the right to grant or deny them the opportunity to practice religion as the Danbury Baptists saw fit, so they wrote a letter to President Jefferson seeking a proclamation from him that Connecticut could not do that.

His response was: "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state."

Somehow you and other atheists have misconstrued this to mean all kinds of wild and crazy bastardizations of the true intent of his meaning. I am sorry that you hate God so much that you have to deny Him, but stop pushing your destructive lies and misrepresentations on the rest of us (the majority).

By the way, even after the establishment clause was incorporated into the constitution, church services were held in the capital building by prominent members and founders of our government.

I will close with one final quote in Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists: "I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem."

That does not sound like an athiest or agnostic to me.

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