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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

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