E-Editions | Subscriptions | Contact Us | About Us | Classifieds | Photos
The Lakeland Times | Minocqua, Wisc.

Ministry Health Care Joint Heart

home : letters : letters August 1, 2014

11/20/2012 5:11:00 AM
Freedom of religion crucial to America

To the Editor:

Only someone who suffers from poor reading comprehension skills would say that the words “…make no law … prohibiting the exercise” of a religion mean that the invocations before public meetings should be prohibited. 

What our founders gave us and what our military has sacrificed to protect is the right to pray and celebrate our religion everywhere at any time. No longer can a King Henry tell a secularist, a Jew, a Christian, or anyone else that they must practice the religion of King Henry.

Russia and many other countries tried to ban the exercise of religion so that the people would worship and follow their government. Today, Muslims are slaughtering Christians and other Muslims who are “offensive” because they are not practicing the “correct” form of Islam. 

The citizens of these countries have escaped to America where their right to practice their religion is protected.

Secularists who demand that Americans practice the religion of secularism in public while pushing the practice of other religions underground are just as dangerous as any government which passes laws to establish a religion.

Keep the right to pray during public meetings, graduations, and all aspects of life. 

Rena Ulland
Rice Lake




Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: Doug Strid

Just as crucial as the freedom FROM religion.

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Article comment by: Jeff Laadt

Rena, a few things:

You neglected the part of the First Amendment that says that Congress "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" (which you conveniently left out of your quote.) Yours is an important omission which clearly points to the fact that this country was not, repeat not, founded as a religious state.

Also, there is no such thing as a "religion of secularism" Such an idea is absurd. I am as secular (and non-religious) as they come and can assure you that I have no interest in pushing anyone underground, much less pose some danger to anyone.

While you may have a point about Muslim intolerance, you don't have to go too far back in history to a time when Christians were slaughtering one another by the hundereds of thousands over the what one side or the other considered the "correct" form of Christianity.

Happy Holidays

Jeff Laadt









Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search
search sponsored by



Subscription Login
LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE


















Life | Snow/Trail Conditions | Weather Reports | Wisconsin Lottery | Facebook

Lakeland Printing, Inc. • P.O. Box 790 • Minocqua, WI 54548

The Lakeland Times • The Northwoods Super Shopper
Phone: (715) 356-5236 • Fax: (715) 358-2121

Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Software © 1998-2014
1up! Software
, All Rights Reserved