Morality in America

Yifu Chen needs to spend a little more time studying the history of the United States instead of claiming that the country made an alliance with God. Yes, God’s name is mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, but that document states our reasons for breaking with England, not how our own government is structured. It is more significant that God is not only absent from the Constitution, but that the only mentions of religion are negative âÄî no religious test for office and church/state separation. As to the Pledge of Allegiance, it was originally written in 1892, and “under God” wasn’t added until 1954. As to the supposed problems of the last 40 years, pornography and abortion have existed for thousands of years and didn’t suddenly spring into being in the 1960s and âÄô70s. Jesus said absolutely nothing about homosexuality; Paul did, but Paul also supported celibacy for everyone and was extremely misogynistic. Stem cell research is merely the latest in a long line of medical research which includes antibiotics, vaccines, transplants and similar techniques, none of which are mentioned in the Bible. Regarding the claim that our laws are based on the Ten Commandments, if you actually look at them, four are strictly religious and except for Sunday closing laws, not part of the legal code. Two cover thoughts, which cannot be legislated. Only four (don’t kill, steal, lie or commit adultery) are covered, and they are part of almost every civilization’s laws, religious or not. Anyone advocating a religion-based government needs to be careful. Christians such as the Amish, Westboro Baptist, Catholics, Episcopalians and Mormons, along with thousands of other sects, all claim to know the Word of God. What are the odds that the people deciding the laws belong to your particular group? Steve Thompson Civil Service staff