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June 25, 2014

Letter: Jefferson, Madison challenged authority

Michael Imhof (May 10) asserts that "This nation (or country) was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs; that is, "the planting fathers" (Purdue's Frank Lambert) founded North America. But the Founding Fathers of the USA as a political unity, whose main leaders and drafters, such as Jefferson and Madison, were Deists all, who believed in the Enlightenment. After the Great Awakening they challenged the authority of the religious sects — and a different group of "Founding Fathers" (Lambert) won. It was this group that wrote the Declaration (Jefferson) and the secular Constitution (Madison); that is, they forged a new national compact, while creating a "civic" or public religion for the public sector that was distinctly nonsectarian.

I have witnessed preachers trying to pray "same-sex sexuality" away, and performing exorcism to repel the devil to no avail. Homosexuality is not a choice as Imhof preaches. But it's from God given to mankind just as is heterosexual. "God makes no mistake" as the country song goes.

Bill J. Paschal

Muncie

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