Good cause to separate church and state
I am writing this letter in response to a few other letters by Ms. Vicki Bates and Ilene Zusi published recently regarding the ads that Valley Christian Fellowship purchased for the American Patriot’s Bible and the article about the campaign to distribute them. Isn’t it great that we live in a county where we can express our opinions, remain civil to one another and not fear arrest or persecution. I want to say I agree with many of the concerns expressed in these letters. There was a very good reason our forefathers provided for the “separation of church and state,” although that wording is not found in the constitution. I will refer to it as a principle. I am in complete agreement that there should never be a state religion or church. It would be a total disaster for the government and the church. It is what the pilgrims were trying to escape when they came here.
I want to make it clear that not one time did I refer to the formation of any kind of state church. Not only did I not mention a state church, I did not advocate, promote, or allude to a state church simply because I don’t believe we should have a state church. The freedom of religion is a wonderful provision of our constitution. I made no mention of other religions or the rights of those who don’t believe in any god.
My goal in presenting this Bible to the public was to remind us of our heritage as a nation and the role Christianity and the Bible had in the foundation and the framing of our nation’s form of government, laws and societal values. History is history, whether we like the fact that Christianity and the Bible had a major role in the formation of our country or hate it. It is what it is, we can’t change history even if we rewrite the history books. We need only to read the inscriptions on the monuments in Washington DC to see the influence of the Bible. They are numerous and etched in stone. I wonder how long they will last before they are deemed unconstitutional and covered over.
There were things in our country’s past that needed to change as the women referred to in their letters, such as slavery, equal or civil rights, and many others. However, there are many things we have changed that should not have changed. Things such as decency, working for a living, maintaining the family unit, the right to life, and many more. In my opinion, I don’t believe that the original intent of the forefathers is reflected in our society today.
I am available and would love to speak with the women who wrote the letters if they have any questions, or anyone else who would like to call. I would like to offer a copy of this special edition Bible free of charge to the women and to others who want to know what it really says. My number is 265-4100.
Pastor Leo Kruger