- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)6
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- State Supreme Court rules against congressman's mother in dog-kennel defamation case (4/27/17)1
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
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 Local governments repealed laws that subjected everyone to specific Christian beliefs.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