Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

RELIGION: U.S. not ‘meant to be a Christian nation’

Letter by Ted Olinger, Vaughn on Sep. 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm | 66 Comments »
October 1, 2010 9:12 am

Re: “U.S. based on Christian principles” (letter, 9-29).

The writer states that America “was meant to be a Christian nation” and that he would have a “problem” with a non-Christian president or one who would defer to the U.S. Constitution rather than “his deeply held religious beliefs.”

What kind of Christian president does he want? Methodist? Baptist? Mormon? And once that’s settled, doesn’t it follow that everyone in Congress should share that single faith? And of course the military to defend the faith wherever a threat arises, and the judiciary to enforce it whenever a nonbeliever is found.

Western civilization has already tried this experiment, and much of our history is written in blood because of it. America was meant to be an enlightened republic, designed to survive the trials of history, not repeat them. The proof is in the Establishment Clause of the document that created the nation.

The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.