LETTER: Constitution applies to all religions

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | 9:37 a.m. CDT

Karl Miller's understanding of the use of government authority over religion, much like most of America's, is flat out wrong.

"Establishment" of religion, as used in the First Amendment, has never solely meant Congress is prohibited from establishing a national religious denomination. Establishment means providing the full weight and authority of the government behind any religion, regardless of denomination.

Congress passed a law that established religion by means of prayer based on a Christian God. That is unconstitutional and not silly. The zealots Miller speaks of are politicians who pander to any religionists who try to establish any religion, and hopefully theirs, as the one we should all adhere to.

Miller thinks this nation welcomes atheists? Hardly. He asks what denomination gives us anxiety? All of them, Mr. Miller. Judge Crabb got it right. Prayer is personal and no one should look to the government, or try to impose papal stature on the president, to mandate a day to do it.

And the Bill of Rights, Mr. Miller, gives us minorities the veto rights over your intolerant majority.

Carol Moore lives in Alabama.

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Ruth Walker May 18, 2010 | 1:16 p.m.

Ms. Moore is right on. The Danbury Baptists understood when they were a minority sect in the early days of our republic. Only when the Baptists became a large church did they start fighting separation of church and state, pretending that the constitution meant something else.

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