Freedom from religion

Letter by Walter G. Hecker

IN HIS May 17 letter, John van de Groenekan leaves me puzzled as to why one couldn't be an atheist and at the same time believe in the Constitution, a no doubt purely manmade legal document.

The framers, not all themselves convinced Christians, seem to have been guided by Jesus' own prescription to "give God what is God's and give Caesar what is Caesar's" when they separate church and state.

The Protestants who settled America were fleeing from the imposition of one religion or another in their old-world countries.

Now that they are in the majority here, their descendants feel no shame imposing their religious views onto others, even as this practice goes against not only the Constitution but also their own scriptures, which are exceptionally explicit.

A state sanctioned day of prayer is just that: the timid beginnings of the state sponsoring religion. It forces people who do not believe in talking snakes, etc., to contribute their tax dollars to unconvincing tenets.

Our founding fathers knew that there's no such thing as freedom of religion without freedom from religion. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ..."

If this doesn't express freedom from religion, what would? Which religion would it be that we are not guaranteed freedom from, my brand or yours?

It looks like American Christianity is now trying to enlist the compulsive powers of the state to make their case.

"It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." -- Thomas Jefferson

Walter G. Hecker


In her 9/22 letter Ms. Florence Hollenshead conveniently forgets that two wrongs don't make a right (although three lefts do). The fact that christian believers succeeded to sneak "IN GOD WE TRUST" on our currency does not give them license to repeat the imposition of their belief on others by adding "under god" into the pledge of allegiance, as has happened by Congress adding those two words in 1954.

Why should Mr. Newdow, or anybody else, have to leave the country of his birth, as Ms. Hollenhead suggests, only because he finds those fairy tales for adults, with all their talking snakes, walking on water etc., less than convincing?

Why not burn him at the stake, according to venerable christian tradition?

Walter Hecker

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