Letters to the Editor
Bill Frayer’s article, “In God We Trust,” brings to light how the Christian Right is striving to rewrite the history of the United States as part of its campaign to force religion on others. They claim that the U.S. is a Christian nation, founded by Christians for Christians. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The First Amendment of the United States of America along with the U.S. Bill of Rights ratified December 15, 1791, guarantees freedom of religion. In 1796, President John Adams signed into law the The Treaty of Peace and Friendship which states in Article XI that the Government of The United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion. That enshrines the “Wall of separation between Church and State.”
Of all the signatories of the Declaration of Independence, only John Jay believed in the divinity of Christ. The rest, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington, did not.
Jefferson took a razor and tore the pages of his Bible that defied reason and contradicted science. Of the nine who signed the Declaration, eight were Deists, Unitarians, Agnostics or Atheists. And most were Freemasons.
Today, no declared unbeliever could even run for the office of dogcatcher in the U.S. of A. Religion has trumped science. What a pity. As Rabindranath Tagore, India’s sage, poet, philosopher and Nobel Laureate, put it, “Man loses humanity when it comes to religion.”
Hemant R. Canaran
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