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Founders didn't eschew Bible; separation doctrine is creation of the courts



Published: Thu, September 12, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Founders didn't eschew Bible; separation doctrine is creation of the courts

EDITOR:

I am amazed at how many people simply believe a lie. How can it be believed that the Founding Fathers gave us the modern concept of & quot;separation of church and state & quot;?

It is not in the Constitution, as anyone who reads the First Amendment and the Constitutional debates on it can easily see. It is not found in the words or actions of our Founders as one can see from reading their own words and seeing their own actions. It was not in our public schools for 150 years under the Constitution as can be seen from schoolbooks like the Bible, the New England Primer, and the McGuffey Readers -- full of the Bible, creation, prayers, hymns, and more. Our Founding Fathers used these books and promoted their use in schools, which is why they remained in our public schools under the Constitution for 150 years until the Constitution and its meaning were forgotten and a new meaning was given to it.

How foolish for anyone to assert that & quot;Historically, Madison, Jefferson, Adams, and the others have been proven right in their fear of allowing a mixture of governance with religion. & quot; Our Founders knew that a belief in and dependence upon the God of the Bible was the foundation of our nation, and to remain strong, we must remain true to that foundation. Madison said & quot;Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe, & quot; yet some say he was against mixing God and public life?

John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson that & quot;The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could unite....And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United....Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System. & quot; He also wrote that & quot;Religion and virtue are the only foundations, not only of republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all governments and in all the combinations of human society. & quot; And some would still say that these men wanted religion separate from government? On the contrary, they knew that religion, Christianity, was and must remain the basis of all good government. It is time to return to the truth of the Constitution and the Founding Fathers in their own words and actions, rather than just believing propaganda from a liberal professor with his own agenda or a civil liberties group that seeks to erode the foundation given to us by our Founders.

PAUL E. MILLER

McDonald

MPs kept the roads open

EDITOR:

Your article of Sept. 8 on Sheriff Randall Wellington's return to Korea has prompted me to thank him and other members of the 58th Military Police Co. I was part of this action and wish to thank him and his company for being there. I transported ammo to the front lines and depended on the MPs to keep roads open.

I recall seeing road intersections under heavy artillery and the MPs flagging traffic during attacks. We drove at night with only black out lights, hauling 155-mm shells you knew you were a prime target, therefore you didn't get lost. He has further demonstrated why he is a fine sheriff. But being there with him 50 years ago only cements my respect for Mr. Wellington. Good luck, sir, on your trip.

CARL STEPP

Youngstown




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