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Press LTE: Church, state, inseparable

In today's CdA Press, a reader takes issue with a recent Press editorial.

He writes: "The most thunderous railing against the tyranny of King George preceding our break from England 240 years ago came from the pulpits in the 13 colonies. The Church of England was solidly in bed with the Crown. When our founders declared that church and state should be separated, they clearly meant that no government sponsored, corporate religious organization be foisted upon the people. They did not, however, desire a separation of God and state. They believed personal religion (respect for and faith in God) and politics were inseparable, as religion helped maintain a high standard of behavior, tending to keep people honest and upright.

Sunday’s June 8 editorial was misleading and subtly pejorative. On the surface, please tell me how southern California contributes to the substance of the matter? What do Richard Butler and the Aryans have to do with any people or organizations either specified or alluded to in the editorial? Does a backhanded approach to gay lifestyles and illegal immigration really help the reader understand the mind-set of local churchgoers and their leaders?" Full letter here.


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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.



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