I fear the writer of "Freedom from religious zealots" (Oct. 28, Letters) read a different Constitution and Bill of Rights than those I grew up with, and that the beginnings of American history passed by him as well. America was founded by people seeking freedom of religion, not from it. There is a world of difference.
Nowhere does the phrase "separation of church and state" appear in the Constitution. On the contrary, our Founding Fathers saw religion as crucial to freedom. The First Amendment said, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
In his farewell address to the nation, George Washington said, "Religion and morality are indispensable supports toward political prosperity." President Madison said, "The whole future of American civilization rests not upon the power of government, but that we have staked the future upon the capacity of each of us to govern ourselves according to the commandments of God." John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people."
I could quote others, but these should suffice.
A cross upon a hill, a manger on the village common -- those are comforting sights. Why does the writer run from them?