It is just such false babbling as contained in Milton Gresham's Sept. 11 letter that could cause a sensible American to, as he says, spit the word Christian.
Mr. Gresham said, "If a child says a simple school prayer ... then that child will have violated the laws of this nation ... be arrested, summarily tried and put in jail ..." None of these things is true.
Does the U.S. Constitution say, "Congress shall not prohibit the free exercise of religion"? No, it does not. It does say, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ..." which is clearly what Mr. Gresham wants instead.
"... A few extremists have violated the most sacred precepts of the very document that they are sworn to uphold and have stripped American Christians ... Rights." The American Civil Liberties Union, People for the American Way, etc., are not sworn to uphold anything.
"Federal judges have ... torn The Ten Commandments from the sacred walls of our lawmaking establishments." The walls of our lawmaking establishments are not sacred, they are secular.
If Mr. Gresham and other Christians can do no better than to spew this kind of rhetorical claptrap, then perhaps they should heed Mr. Gresham's advice and "sit down and shut up."
The solution to the prayer problem at football games should be very simple: Ban football games. Though I would wager before that happened the Central Savannah River Area would convert to Islam.
B.C. Taylor, Wrens
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