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Letter: U.S. doesn’t need more religion in government

U.S. doesn’t need more religion in government

Like the Bible, the writings of the nation’s Founding Fathers can be cherry-picked to lend credence to otherwise specious arguments. While some of the founders saw value in religious (albeit Christian) practice, the main thrust of the First Amendment of the Constitution is actually freedom from religion. Surely, the Constitution writers remembered that many of their ancestors came to these shores to escape the prosecution brought on by that dark side of all religion: its inability to tolerate disagreement.

Indeed, they did not rely upon religion to restrain vice and wickedness. To cite Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”: Governments are formed in reaction to the inability of moral virtue to govern the world. “Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness: the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices.”

Sadly, Zach Krajacic’s Another Voice calling for more religion in government echoes the call for Sharia law in many Muslim countries. Both concepts can only lead to a drastic curtailing of our freedoms and probable bloodshed.

William M. Rich

Williamsville