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Religion and morality

Posted: March 4, 2010 10:59 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Regarding "Christian community?" (The Signal, Feb. 13):

I found it both ironic and offensive that the author of this most recent letter spoke about truth, while implying that Christians have a monopoly on both the belief in God and morality.

The historical reality is that this country was originally settled as a haven for those escaping religious persecution in Europe. And the truth is that this nation was formed as one in which individuals could live peacefully, with the freedom to worship God without the fear of government intervention.

This right was given equally to those of all religions.

Our Constitution states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Further, there is no mention of Christianity in the U.S. Constitution. And therefore, it's incorrect to assert that this nation "was formed as a Christian country."

Congress reinforced the clear separation of church and state in the Treaty of Tripoli, approved in June 1797. Article 11 of the document begins with the following statement: "As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion ..."

Our Founding Fathers recognized the importance of religion and morality. And certainly the belief in God was an important value that was reinforced in many of the principle elements inherent in the formation of our nation, as well as the crafting of our Constitution.

But belief in God and commitment to morality are not exclusive to Christians.

So, while Christianity has always been an important influence on our nation, the Founding Fathers understood that the moral values which form the foundation of a civil society are universal to all people who believe in God - and Truth.

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