By Bob Armstrong
---- — Letters such as the one written by Stephen Smith (HB Aug. 15) often give me a chuckle, although they actually are not humorous. He cited letters from Ron Husong (HB July 17) and others, most likely one from Michael Imhof (HB July 3) which implied that we need to get back to the roots of our founding fathers. How often people who have an opposing view jump to the Constitution to criticize someone even though the Constitution had not been referred to by them. Such is the case of Mr. Husong and Mr. Imhof.
Mr. Smith stated that the word God or Jesus is not found in that great document; of that there is no argument. He emphasizes that religion is not favored in its content, but then notes that Article 1 Section 7 (the Sunday exception) refers to religion. If this exception was made for religious purposes, why was Sunday chosen? Why not Saturday? Why not Friday? Could it be because Sunday is revered by members of the Christian faith (of which most all of the signers of the Constitution were) as "The Day of the Lord?"
He continued to point to other things that are not contained in the Constitution, such as in the oath of office, the phrase "so help me God."
Also that there is no command that a religious test must be taken by candidates for Congress. Anti-God devotees are quick to stress the omission of religion while never mentioning an innumerable amount of things that are not in the Constitution that are laid upon the citizenry by our federal government. Thanks to award-winning author John Grisham, I found some information that I was not aware of. Mr. Grisham is an attorney, as well, and researches extensively for accuracy in his writings, so I have confidence in his statement. In his novel, published in 2012, he wrote that the Constitution names only three federal offenses: treason, piracy and counterfeiting. Today there are over 4,500 federal crimes, and the number continues to grow.
That is only one example of everyday things we face that are not included in our Constitution. So why is the attack on Christianity at the forefront by so many? The answer is found in the only document that supersedes our Constitution; the Holy Bible. In the Book of Luke an example of the people's rejection of Jesus is shown by their statement, "We will not have this man to reign over us. And as the Jewish leaders decreed just before Jesus' crucifixion, "We have no king but Caesar." The First Amendment is great, but, Mr. Smith, you have it all wrong. It was written to keep the government from interfering with the people's right to their choice of religion and exercise thereof, not to control them.