In a July 11th letter, a reader tries to ridicule the Ontario City Council for placing “In God we trust” with the City Seal. He tries to invoke the will of the majority, claiming an inflated 17% of the population is atheist. Actually, that number comes from the promoters of Atheism itself; the same ones that claim that Atheism must mean one is “smarter” or more to the point, “religion causes brain damage”. The actual percentage of atheists is closer to 8%, while those that claim some sort of belief in God have remained steady at about 80%. Regardless, the reader states in one breath that we have a Republic, but should all vote on such decisions as if in a Democracy (and not have representative city councils).
Further, the reader is troubled by the fact that Councilmember Wapner ensured that such displays are legal before they acted. What an irresponsible thing for them to do!
The reader then tells us that, “there is this silly little clause in the U.S. Constitution called the separation of church and state, you know.” Dear reader, these words do not appear anywhere in either the Constitution (with its amendments) or the Declaration of Independence. They were not expressed in the writings of the Founders. The framers of the Constitution were of several faiths, and knew the damage of imposing religion (or it’s lack), like any totalitarian decree, in the places they came from. The phrase was concocted by the American Communist Party early in the 20th century, before they changed to “Progressive Socialists”, then “Liberals” and recently “Progressives”. They also suppressed use of the second part of the freedom of religion clause in the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof…”. The Constitution is a restraint on government, not the People.
Finally, the reader predicted some kind of “loss of unity” because of the phrase, though doing what’s right, what each of us believes God would want, has been one of the greatest rallying points of Americans since before the Revolution. He tries to claim that God can mean only “the Christian God”, though the term refers to the supreme being of Jews, Muslims, Hindus and every other believing person.
Sincere children of God encourage others to join them, but would not consider forcing anyone to accept their imperfect interpretation of faith; why is it that disbelievers insist on inflicting their lack on others?
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