Diana Ronald-Szabo's Letters to the Editor
Enterprise Mountaineer, Waynesville, NC, Aug. 30, 2000
Constitution doesn't separate the two
To the editor:
The First Amendment was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791.
In 1802, 11 years later, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter expressing his personal opinion, using the phrase, "separation of church and state."
If this phrase was first introduced 11 years after the ratification of the amendment, how then can it be considered as part of the Constitution?
Once the American people are made aware of this little-known fact, this could very well pull the rug out from under those factions which have successfully misrepresented the First Amendment all these years.
It would stop all this nonsense about not being able to pray at football games, in schools, in courtrooms and workplaces. It would stop the removal of the cross and the Ten Commandments on public property, and members of the clergy could exercise freely their rights as American citizens to be involved in the political process.
God Bless Rev. Ralph Sexton and all the "We Still Pray" people who recently gathered by the thousands in Asheville to take a stand for the free exercise of religion in accordance with their First Amendment rights!
Traffic was blocked for miles and the police had to turn away busloads of people. Some people left their cars and took the long walk to the stadium.
The "We Still Pray" petitions are circulating in Haywood County as well as nationally, and inquiries are coming in from Europe as the movement grows.
Stay the course, Rev. Sexton and all you "We Still Pray" people! Keep up the courage in standing on America's moral foundation even though the termites of corruption are gnawing away at it!
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