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Religion not an enemy of freedom

Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

Steve Lopez continues to exhibit his terribly bad reasoning [“Opposition wrong about abortion issue,” The Reader’s Voice, March 19]. He ignores facts that were laid out, denies a human embryo is human, then rebuts by saying stepping on an ant is closer to murder than killing an unborn baby. Need I say more?

To finish, he wallows in liberal self-delusion, saying the Founders were deists and most of them showed disdain toward the Bible. That statement couldn’t be further from the truth. He should look at the Founders’ own writings and lives, not someone else’s liberal wishes on the matter.

Take Jefferson. Although his view of the Bible changed at different times of his life, he insisted the Bible be included as a textbook in public schools. He personally approved the use of the Capitol building for Sunday services.

I could go on almost forever about the Founders’ favor of Christianity, including their writings regarding intent of the First Amendment (opposite of the past 67 years’ application).

So, simply consider these statements.

From John Adams: “Religion and virtue are the only foundations, not only of republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all governments.”

Washington said, “Religion and morality are indispensable supports (of national prosperity) – in vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who would labor to subvert these great pillars.”

From Tocqueville: “In France, I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other; but in America, I found that they were intimately united, and that they reigned in common over the same country.”

Many erroneously believe the Founders installed a godless Constitution. Likewise, many Americans today side with 1790s France, and look upon religion as the enemy of freedom. They’re not patriots, according to Washington.

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