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Letters to the Editor 9-21-2022

Letter to the Editor:

Congressman Mike Johnson has a good article on the topic of “the separation of church and state.” The term “separation between church and state” does not come from the Constitution, but from a personal letter that President Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. Jefferson wrote “the language of the First Amendment is a vital safeguard for our “rights of conscience” and “that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”  It is meant to keep the federal government from impeding the religious practice of citizens, to protect the church from an overreaching government, not the other way around.

Many of the Founders witnessed the abuses of the Church of England and were determined to prevent the official establishment of any single national denomination or religion. They deliberately listed religious liberty as the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights “because they wanted everyone to freely live out their faith–-as that would ensure a robust presence of moral virtue in the public square and the free marketplace of ideas.”

George Washington declared: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” John Adams also warned “Our Constitution is made only for a moral and religious people.  So the key here is to have a healthy, flourishing country, we must have a common commitment among the citizenry to the principles of religion and morality.”

The Founders understood that all men are weak and can fall into corruption and that no amount of institutional checks and balances or decentralization of government power would be sufficient to maintain a fair and just government if the men in charge were corrupt and had no fear of eternal judgment by a higher power.

One inscription on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., has a sobering reminder: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

Religious and moral virtue makes it possible to preserve essential freedoms by motivating individual responsibility, the dignity of hard work, the rule of law, patriotism, the value of family and community, and the sanctity of every human life. We must defend truth on every front and hold fast to our moral compass in all that we do. 

The founders believed without this moral compass the government would eventually collapse.  History shows that some of the mightiest civilizations only lasted 200 years because their morals and values eroded over time.

JoAnn Utphall

Boyceville WI

On the possibility of a second Trump presidency in 2024, I have consulted my trusty crystal ball and this is what it showed to be Donald’s likely cabinet and other major appointments: 

Vice President – Donald Trump Jr., Chief of Staff – Roger Stone , Secretary of State – Rudy Giuliani, Attorney General – John Eastman, Homeland Security – Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Treasury – Paul Manafort, Defense – Lauren Boebert, HHS – Alex Jones, Interior – Amon Bundy, Labor – Charles Koch, Education – Marjorie Taylor Greene, Commerce – Mike Lindell, Housing/Urban Dev. – Jared Kushner, Agriculture – Ivanka Trump, Transportation – Elon Musk, Energy – Kanye West, VA – Michael Flynn, CDC – Dr. Phil, FBI – Peter Navarro, CIA – Vladimir Putin, Secret Service – Oath Keepers, NASA – Q, IRS – Eric Trump, Supreme Court Chief Justice – Ginni Thomas, U.N. ambassador – Kelly Ann Conway, Russian ambassador – Steven Seagal, China ambassador – Eileen Gu, Ukraine ambassador – Tucker Carlson, N. Korea ambassador – Joe Biden, Antarctica ambassador – Ron DeSantis, Mars ambassador – Mitch McConnell

Chuck Boyer

Wheeler, WI

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