Email in response to email: "Did you know?", which ended with the following:
It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, it is very hard to understand why there is such a mess about having the Ten Commandments on display or "In God We Trust" on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don't we just tell the other 14% to Sit Down and SHUT UP!!!

9-18-06

I admire your passion.
I don't think we should tell anyone to sit down and shut up.

I think there is no denying that this country as well as nearly every country was built by a religious institution, Christian or otherwise. I have begun paying attention to other countries governments that are directly tied to their majority religions and I don't like what I see. I am sure I don't need to go into detail on this matter. I believe the Christians and men and women of other faiths that helped found this country did so with the belief that they should be allowed to practice their religion, or lack of religion, any way they saw fit and that anyone who wished to come to this country would be afforded the same freedom. America is enjoying a period in her history where we no longer enjoy the idealistic standard other nations aspire to be. We are hated by more of the world than ever before in our history. We have a Christian president who is fighting to allow torture to preserve our safety? Many Muslims, as seen on T.V. believe that the U.S. is leading a Christian Crusade that its government and its citizens are trying to eradicate their religion. If our government is promoting Christianity within its own borders could they be right? If we are not a country founded on the belief that ALL men are created equal then we should certainly choose a single belief to support and govern by. Our government is, however, based on the rule of law, not on the rule of God. I am not saying that God, the Christian God, is not to be followed as law for those who choose to subscribe to that faith. There are Billions of people on this earth who do not and they are good people, they worship a different God or they interpret God in a different way. Can we afford to alienate so many? Who stands on the moral high ground? Shall we be their judge or shall they be ours? The religions of the world all deliver the same message, LOVE. So there are Christian symbols and beliefs on our government buildings, why not. There are other religious symbols as well. If we allow new symbols to appear in our government we will not discriminate, all religions will be welcome. Most of the symbols of this country are its great men and women, some of which were Christians and some not. Enjoy your freedom and don't try to take away someone else's while you are doing it.

-Erin Witt



Government at every level must represent all citizens, Christians, Jews, Atheists, Muslims and others. Courts, city halls and other units of government should refrain from displaying religious symbols because such actions send the message that the state has a favored religion and that people who do not share that faith are second-class citizens. Under certain conditions, private groups may have the right to display religious symbols on government property (as long as that right is extended to all), but it is not the job of government to promote or display religious iconography. The display of religious symbols and the spread of religious messages belong to America's clergy and their houses of worship.

Isaiah Chapter 59 (NIV)

3 Your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things.
4 No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. 7 Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways.
8 The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace.
14 So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;

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