Saturday, April 02, 2005
Dr. Alan H. Levinson,
I have shown my ID when I went to vote for the last 22yrs. If you think showing your drivers license or other picture ID for verification in order to vote is fanatical "right wing" - I may have to diagnose you with soreloseritist (chronicdemocratus socialistic).
Over 200 years ago, President Thomas Jefferson started a controversey that rages on today. The words "separation of church and state", that are often quoted as part of our "Constitution", really have nothing to do with that founding document. They come from President Jefferson.
But, most liberal politicians (and some moderates) use these words frequently and without ever being challenged about the use of these words. Actually, according to the web site called the "Jeremiah Project", 67% of Americans believe that these words actually exist in our Constitution.
The origin of the words (or term) comes from a letter written by then President Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists (Connecticut) in 1802, in response to their concerns that the new government might impose a state approved and sanctioned religion). Remember here that many left England for that reason, and the Danbury Baptists were still uneasy over that prospect. In his letter of response in Jan. 1802, Thomas Jefferson assured them that there should be a "wall of separation" between church and state. Meaning; that government should stay clear of imposing a state religion (church).
So, to make it clear, Jefferson's words were to protect the church from the state, not the other way around like most liberal politicians would have you believe. In no way did Jefferson infer that the state needed protection from religion, but was stating that he felt a strong need to keep the state from imposing religion. In other words, he knew why many had left England, which was lack of religious freedoms, and he put the Danbury Baptists at ease knowing his feelings were the same as theirs.
This phrase, "separation of church and state" is now used by the likes of the ACLU, and others to take the Ten Commandments, and God in general, out of public buildings, schools, parks, books, city and county logo's, libraries, and on, and on, and on. Who do you fear more - those that want to publicly post words like "Honor your father and your mother"; "You shall not murder"; "You shall not commit adultery"; "You shall not steal"; "You shall not bear false witness (lie)". Or people who say things like Hillary Clinton "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
What's worse is that many of our elected officials are unwittingly helping them with (the ACLU) their dastardly work. Why? Perhaps they are uninformed, although one would think that a Senator or a House Of Representatives member would be educated on this issue, or perhaps they want to see religious symbols removed totally from government. In either case, it's wrong based on the actual foundation and usage of Jefferson's words.
I would suggest that all laws are based on some form of morals or religiousity (real word?). Some times facts are facts whether we agree with them or not. Everyone has an opinion, but in the end - some will be right and some will be wrong.
By RLF at 8:01 PM
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Do you believe that showing a picture ID when you go to vote will "disenfranchise" any voter?? What about bank accounts? Does that disenfranchise account holders?
By RLF at 1:03 PM