- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- A message from heaven (1/23/17)
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Area residents among those attending inauguration, women's march (1/22/17)90
- Comedian, cancer survivor Tom Green headlines sold-out Cancer Center benefit (1/22/17)
Founders wanted church-state wall
To the editor:In response to David Limbaugh's column concerning First Amendment church-state "separation":
Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Adams had grown up in an 18th century America in which the majority Christian denomination in each colony created a government with the power to marginalize, punish, tax or banish those from a minority Christian denomination and those who simply had other beliefs. To counteract this history of religious oppression, these Founding Fathers devoted their energies to writing a secular U.S. Constitution and First Amendment that together guarantee freedom of religion to every American citizen. This means that for the conscience of each individual to be protected, governments must not prefer, encourage or support one religion over another, nor may governments codify into civil laws the scriptural beliefs and values desired by some religious group.
Jefferson characterized this process as "a wall of separation between church and state," and it is this idea that is confirmed in numerous letters and documents written by each of the above Founding Fathers.
Based on the writings of the Founding Fathers, it is high time for Limbaugh to desist from his erroneous assertion that "activist judges" who cite the doctrine of church-state separation are deciding cases "contrary to the Framers' original intent."
JOHN BIERK, Cape Girardeau