Reader Opinion: Freedom from religion


I find it interesting that the same amendment that gives us freedom of religion would, if read correctly, might and should give us the freedom from religion. But I digress. My point this morning, is that the Constitution does not guarantee freedom of Christianity, it does not even contain the word Christianity and I believe that was by design of our founding fathers.

Much like this whole “politically correct” crap, I don’t agree with many of the religions that are practiced around the world, but that right was so important to Washington, Franklin, Hancock, Madison and Monroe that they felt it needed to be stated.

Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and Monroe practiced a faith called deism. Deism is a philosophical belief in human reason as a reliable means of solving social and political problems. A treaty of peace and friendship between the United States and Tripoli that was approved by George Washington explicitly stated: “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion…”

Does that offend me? Nope. Does it change my views on my religious beliefs? No. One of the lost arts in this country is the ability to think for one’s self. It does nothing to my belief system if you disagree with mine. But I will say, I have more questions than answers on most days.

Kat Beireis


Pequot Lakes

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