- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
Government can't proscribe religion
To the editor:
An objective examination of American history demonstrates that when bashing has been done, it has been done by Christians who used Bible beliefs to create and then justify slavery laws, laws which disenfranchised women, Sunday Blue Laws and liquor laws, sodomy laws, anti-interracial and same-sex marriage laws, prayer in public school laws and the "under God" change in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Seven amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution to stop governments from using religion to marginalize and punish certain classes of people. Local governments repealed laws that subjected everyone to specific Christian beliefs. In contrast, no laws have repressed or disenfranchised Christians from being Christians. The Christian-crew should read the First Amendment, which guarantees that individuals may practice whatever religion they desire -- including no religion, but the government is prohibited from proscribing or promoting any religious belief.
JOHN C. BIERK