Letter: Religion has no place in government
John Perry (July 5) needs a history lesson, as well as lessons in the beliefs of religions from around the world.
The United States grew out of the quest for religious freedom, not religion. In fact, of the founding fathers, many were not Christians, but deists. It is amusing to me that Mr. Perry cites constitutional amendments as following a "Judeo-Christian base in granting and protecting rights" while conveniently ignoring the fact that one constitutional amendment, the first amendment, protects freedom of religion.
That means I am free to not practice any religion and you are free to practice whatever religion you desire. Of course, that also protects me from having someone shove religion down my throat in a public setting or from having religious ideals enshrined in law.
Many religions carry prohibitions against murder, theft and slavery. These prohibitions relate more to human morality all people share than to any religious ideals. If Mr. Perry wishes to live in a theocracy, America is not the nation for him. Having just celebrated Independence Day, I am thankful I live in a nation where I am free to make my own choices regarding religion.
Katherine Jo Glaves, Prescott