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July 1 , 2002 Herald
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Freedom OF religion,not freedom FROM religion

By LYNDA JENSEN

No other nation on earth has an identity crisis like ours. We seem to have no idea where we came from, or where we are going.

Of course, what I'm speaking about is the recent goofy ruling by the ninth circuit court that indicated our Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional being said in our schools.

The constitution does not guarantee freedom FROM religion . . . it guarantees freedom OF religion.

There's a big difference. Freedom of religion means that anyone in the United States can worship how they wish ­ be they Buddhist, Moslem, or what-have-you ­ without fear of persecution or retribution.

Freedom from religion is the expectation that we strip away all of our Christian heritage, and neuter our laws so that we don't have moral values.

Did you know that the idea of "separation of church and state" is nowhere to be found in the constitution? It's actually located in personal correspondence written by Thomas Jefferson. It's not our law.

If we moved to another country, would we expect them to strip away their heritage to accommodate our own tastes?

I don't think so.


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