In his Sept.28 reader opinion I found it difficult to follow what Gary Murrell’s reasoning was in his reference to parts of Linda Schaeffer’s letter.
Schaeffer’s reference that God is “the author and preserver…” did not imply that God literally wrote the Constitution. Of course, it was written by wealthy men of the time, since they were about the only people who had the time and knowledge to write such a document.
I am not sure why the word “God” not being used in the Constitution is important to the discussion since The Declaration of Independence clearly indicates the belief that God had endowed certain rights and that people could write rules as to how those rights could be obtained and protected.
It seems to me that ”the band of travelers “ (Puritans?) was used to indicate the genesis of the future United State of America. How does the fact that other societies and/or nations were in North America prior to the “travelers” affect God’s influence in U.S. history?
Murrell tells Schaeffer that she needs to do “some serious study of U.S. history.” I suggest that Mr. Murrell do the same thing! If he would read the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America he will find the there is no “freedom from religion” concept. He will find “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” I am not aware that Congress has made any such law. However, the Supreme Court seems to have done so by its interpretation of the “separation of church and state” concept.
By the way, the terrible things that have been done in the name of Christianity were not consistent with the teaching of Christ. Also, slavery has been a normal and accepted business in nearly all the world’s societies. We have, by amendment to the Constitution, made it NOT a normal and accepted business in the United States.