Letters to the Editor

Acknowledge values that made us great

I'm glad to see so many of your readers continuing to debate the "separation of church and state" issue. But when we use those words, what exactly do we mean? Some interpret them to mean that there should be no relationship at all between God and government. Even a cursory reading of the Founding Fathers' speeches should convince anyone that this was most definitely not their position. They never envisioned an America where the Ten Commandments would be banished from an Alabama courtroom.

The phrase "a wall of separation between church and state" comes not from the Constitution, but from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists. He was borrowing the phrase from "The Garden and The Wilderness," a popular sermon of the time.

This debate is not about whether or not evangelicals are trying to create a "Christian country" or a theocracy. This is simply a debate concerning whether or not we will acknowledge and respect the Judeo-Christian traditions and moral values that built Western civilization and made this country great.

KRISTOPHER S. PIERCE

Ceres

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