- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 30, 2005

In all the folderol succeeds against the Ten Commandments and the words “under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance, we shall have been conned into doing exactly what the activist minorities say they want to prevent. By litigation, they will have achieved an official “state religion,” which would be a Godless, secular humanism.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states, in part: ” 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.”

When I attended public schools, one primary civics lesson was, in a democracy, the majority rules — with due consideration for the rights of affected minorities.

Since a recent poll found about 83 percent of citizens professed to be either Christian or Jewish and fewer than 2 percent professed atheism or agnosticism, it seems we are moving far away from the Founders’ fears of a “tyranny of the majority” towards a “tyranny of the minority.” I also fail to see how the distribution of more than 4,000 monuments (not laws) to the Ten Commandments in a population of more than 260 million constitutes coercive establishment of religion. Likewise with the words “under God,” which no one is required to voice in reciting our Pledge of Allegiance.

On the other hand, the if the fomenters achieve their goals, free exercise of my religion will be prohibited in every case. In many high schools team-mates who wish to pray together before a game already are forbidden to do so, contrary to the First Amendment. Likewise, any public school prayer must silent, contravening freedom of speech.

Archeology and history show many grand empires, having turned away from God, are now mere ruins and artifacts. Even today several nations have embraced a Godless secular humanism and have come to grief. It will do no good if America officially turns its back on God. “Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair.” (“Ozymandias,” Percy Bysshe Shelley).

THE REV. DAVID KEYSER

Saint Leonard, Md.

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