- The Washington Times - Monday, February 14, 2011

Canadian Paul Kokoski’s Feb. 10 Letter to the Editor, “Ten Commandments transcend wall,” criticizing the federal court ruling against posting the Ten Commandments in Ohio courtrooms misrepresents our American constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

That principle, stated by President Jefferson in 1802 and embodied in the First Amendment earlier approved by Congress and the several states, is not an “endorsement of atheism,” but a protection of the religious freedom of all Americans of all persuasions. Jefferson’s explanation of the meaning of our First Amendment was accepted as authoritative by our Supreme Court in 1879 in the case of Reynolds v. United States and many subsequent rulings.

KENNETH A. STEVENS

Columbia, Md.