Letter — Please refer to the Constitution
March 31, 2003
On March 24, a letter writer says “no where in the U.S. Constitution does it say separation of church and state is necessary.” No where? Yeah, there’s a where. It’s called the First Amendment, which specifies “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.”
According to the appeals court in Strout v. Commissioner, Maine Department of Education, this “is hardly equivocal language. Separation of church and state constituted a paramount principle and goal in the minds of some of the most influential of the Framers both by dint of historical experience, and personal conviction.”
Let’s continue to benefit from that historical experience. Let’s not impose a monotheistic god on the many people in this country who don’t want one. In America, freedom means that my children should not be put in a situation where they are expected to recite allegiance to the flag of a nation under your god.
Point Reyes, Calif.
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