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Politics, religion don’t mix

Three dozen or so Christian crosses were placed on public property near the courthouse as a memorial. Someone had vandalized these (which I do not support); however, religious symbols of any type are not allowed on taxpayer properties. The courts have ruled on this many times. Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhists could also do this, as well as secularists.

It has been wrongly said that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. This is patently false. God is not mentioned once in the Constitution, and in the Declaration of Independence it mentions, “their creator” or the creator of each person’s belief system, not one. Things like, “In God we trust” and “under God” were added to structures and currency much later. In my opinion, these are unconstitutional and should be removed.

I know many fine Christians and I even contribute to some of their programs. What the Constitution really gives us is freedom of religion for everyone - including non-believers (which are the fastest-growing group over the past 50 years, while Christians are the fastest-declining group; many churches have closed).

I have lost a lot of respect for Christians who have chosen to become a division of a political party. Jesus said give onto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto the Lord what is the Lord’s.

Marcus Lehmann



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