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Understanding America's history will make God's role more clear Pamela Terlaak-Poot’s well-researched July 19 Viewpoint, “DiNicola used Palin to belittle Christians and their values,” will undoubtedly come under fire from those who want to negate or diminish Christianity’s role in the founding and maintenance of democratic America. Before critics start pointing out the religious diversity among the founding fathers, recall that Terlaak-Poot makes clear that they all held to Thomas Jefferson’s position that all human ...

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PKlotzJr
July 24, 2009
7:32 a.m.

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Guess what, Eric. We Christians do not have a monopoly on God. Your letter also makes zero sense as it relates to political theory and the relationship between politics and theism.

I'm suprised and disappointed the Gazette was willing to publish this, even online. It doesn't say anything. Bad job on this one, Editors.

cs2247
July 24, 2009
4:36 p.m.

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Just six years after the First Amendment became an official part of the Constitution, the U.S. Senate read (in the English language) and ratified a treaty with Tripoli which included in Article 11 the following assertion: "The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion" (John Adams, 1797, Hunter Miller, ed., Treaties and other International Acts, 2:365).

The Founding Fathers could not have stated the principle of separation any more clearly than when they wrote: "No religious Test shall ever be required as a qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States" (U. S. Constitution, 1787, Art. 6, Sec. 3).

Most people have a poor understanding of history. The neocons and right wing fundamentalists of the last twenty or thirty years have done what they can to obscure these truths in favor of their own ideologies. America is not a Christian nation, but we are a free nation. It's important not to let the partisan ideologues change that.

cs2247
July 24, 2009
8:18 p.m.

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Poor Richard. He says because he didn't get "free" health care, nobody else should get it either.

What a small, bigoted, narrow minded view from someone who should be wiser than that.

ericretzlaff
July 30, 2009
5:23 p.m.

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One of the lousy approaches of online "commentators" is exemplified by PKlotzJr who attacks someone's opinions without offering specific reasons. Then he suggests that, since he doesn't like the other person's viewpoint, it ought to be censored by the editors. His criticisms are useless and offer no constructive alternative.

I suggest that PK show his whole hand by saying why he opposes God-given human rights, the role Christians had in forming this nation, and the suggestion that believers in God really be committed to him and live a non-self-centered, non-self-serving morality. Besides that, what's PK's constructive plan for a good society.

Please don't censor his comments because once he starts talking, his shallow, ill-conceived views will become apparent.

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