The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 16, 2012

Your View: Mixing politics and religion

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The commentary in the Globe’s public prayer article is English grammar 101 illiterate. The Missouri Public Prayer Amendment is unquestionably a “law respecting an establishment of religion.” Which part of the First Amendment, the supreme law of the land, does the Globe staff, the Missouri Legislature and those who contributed to the commentary not comprehend? Neither Congress, Missouri nor any level of government in the USA has a constitutional right to establish “religion.”

The First Amendment does not use the word “official” religion. It is simply “religion” itself, which shall not be established by law. The word “thereof,” in the free exercise clause, has a meaning and can refer to and mean only one thing, “religion.”  Religion in the USA is to be “freely” exercised, that is, voluntarily, not established by law. What good is “religion” if not voluntary?

And, what part of “public prayer” did Jesus overlook when he, in Matthew 6:5-6, commanded his followers to use a closet and secrecy when praying?

It must be an election year, and the Republican Religion Right Party is mixing religion and politics? Surely not!

Gene Garman

Pittsburg, Kan.

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