The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 11, 2013

Your View: Read the document

WEBB CITY, Mo. — I seem to be rereading the U.S. Constitution on a weekly basis these days, as one cockamamie idea after another is being attributed to this august document.

This week (Globe, July 7), Marilyn Beasley has revealed the foundation of the country as “the Constitution that provided the rule of law, the freedoms we were blessed with, the biblical definition of marriage, and the love and reverence of God.”

She seems to imply by her sentence construction that all four of those items are embodied in that document. Nowhere in the Constitution does the word “marriage” appear, nor does it refer to the Bible or love of God. The closest it comes to discussing religion is to  say there shall be “no law respecting the establishment of religion, or the free exercise thereof,” which means we as individuals are free to worship as we choose, or not at all.

The Constitution is, of course, the foundation of our laws, a document to guide us in how to operate our government and to live together as a nation. Those who want to use it to support agendas respecting every aspect our personal lives should actually read it.

Gwen Hunt

Webb City

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