May 24, 2010

MAILBAG: Letters to the Editor

CHICKASHA — Separation

of church, state

critical to nation

To all citizens concerned about separation of Church and State issue, the principle of separation is one of the founding principles of the United States which is critical to its success as a nation state. Although most Founding Fathers were Christians, their own beliefs varied widely and they recognized that a sustainable union could only be created by the State being neutral to any religion. This belief is widely documented in their official documents and private letters. We all have our own religious and spiritual beliefs but it is important to recognize the principle that those beliefs cannot be forced on others and that we shall respect their beliefs as they shall respect ours.

In 1947 Supreme Court made a ruling in Everson v Board of Education which applied US Constitution Bill of Rights to the States. This decision appears to cause a controversy with some opponents of the Separation principle but it should be known that all of the Supreme Court judges, affirming and dissenting strongly supported the principle of separation in their opinions. Additionally Oklahoma State Constitution in Article II-5 also supports the principle of separation.

US Constitution: 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.

Oklahoma Constitution : Bill Of Rights : Section 5

Public money or property - Use for sectarian purposes.

  No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.


Ivan Zhidov



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