Founding Fathers included faith in key documents

July 8, 2013 

I dislike inaccuracy and abridged text being quoted by activists trying to overpower opposing arguments. The writer of the letter to the editor entitled "Bible is not the foundation for the nation's legal system" did just that by stating that " 'inalienable rights' are those we have by nature."

The second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Notice that Creator, not nature, endowed certain rights.

Another pet peeve is the notion that "Americans have freedom of religion and from religion." The religious freedoms we enjoy stem from the Bill of Rights. Amendment I: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Saying it frees us from religion makes as much sense as saying it frees us from the press.

Cynthia Campbell

Bradenton

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