Christopher C. Doll: ‘God’ argument not supported by facts

January 15, 2014 

“Losing the right to say ‘God’ ” (Letters, Jan. 10) deserves a reply. First, I found the December issue of the Phyllis Schlafly report online. A number of sentences in letter were lifted nearly word for word from this report. (Rand Paul would be proud.)

Second, there are five versions of the Gettysburg Address. For the Ken Burns documentary, President Barack Obama was asked to recite the “ Nicolay copy” of the address – the first draft of the speech, named after the White House staffer who preserved it. The words “under God” were not included in this version. Schlafly and the writer have distorted the details to fit their narrative.

Third, approximately 75 percent of Americans are Christians. In Congress, the percentage is higher. And all presidents, as well as presidential wannabes, end their speeches with a reference to God. The writer’s argument is simply not supported by the facts.

Finally, it’s not uncommon to see the letters WWJD – What Would Jesus Do? That is likely a never-ending debate. However, it’s safe to say that resorting to straw-man arguments and smears are not things Jesus would do.

CHRISTOPHER C. DOLL

Salida

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