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3/15/2013 12:45:00 PM

To the editor:

I appreciate Mr. Kressin's reply [in previous Letter to the Editor] and would like to clarify some things. He states that our founders were secularists with regard to a definition that would be popular today. I contend that if this were the case then he will have to explain some strange behaviors regarding our founders. For instance, the first book published by Congress was the Bible to be used in the public schools. The founders established a church in the capitol building. This type of behavior does not sound like they were secularists in the definition given today where the Ten Commandments are not even allowed in a courtroom.

Mr. Kressin's statement that most secularists believe in God needs to be backed up with evidence. He is quite free to make that claim, but without some sort of official record it must fall flat. Regarding the treaty of Tripoli, he also mistakenly misleads the reader. He is referencing article eleven of said treaty. I would encourage the readers to look it up and read it in context. This was a treaty with a Muslim nation. The Muslim religion sees no separation between their religion and their government. Because of this, their paradigm of government would be that America would also have a religious government.

Those fears were allayed with the language of article eleven. Our government is not a religious government. It does not have religious law that governs people or groups. The government of America would not demand the Muslim government accede to Christian laws. This would violate their system of religious government. Our laws are based in unalienable rights endowed by our Creator. Our founding is based upon this idea of unalienable rights.

So I would ask Mr. Kressin just who our founders thought this Creator was? Was it the Creator revealed in the Old and New Testaments?

Pastor Mark Shaw

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