Gary Garoutte’s April 9 letter has so many errors and so much innuendo it’s hard to know where to start. First, display of the Ten Commandments is not unconstitutional, as the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution. The Constitution contains no provision for separation of church and state. There is a provision for the government not establishing a state church, but separation never occurred to men who prayed daily and fervently for God’s intercession not only in their own lives, but also for his blessing and guidance for the new nation and government. This is the same God of these Ten Commandments.
Deuteronomy 28:1-68 has to do with God’s covenant-treaty with the nation of Israel that God had freed from Egypt, 1-16 concerns God’s blessings and 17-68 concerns the curses. Romans 1:18-32 refers to unbelief and its consequences, which would be good reading for today’s America.
Like so many people today, Garoutte feels comfortable with citing many other deities from Assyrians to Zoroaster, but seems to fear the God of the Bible that this nation is founded on. May the good people of Sandpoint stand their ground and preserve the Ten Commandments.