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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 • Posted April 21, 2010

Gerry,

Mr. Kemp obviously has his dander up and I’m all for him speaking his mind in a public forum which is in keeping with the Founding Fathers’ brilliance when they amended the Constitution with that most important first one, which incidentally granted us freedom of (and from!) religion. However, he does have his facts wrong when it comes to the U.S. being a "Christian Nation." Again, refer back to the second part of Amendment Number One.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution framers were not Christians; most were Deists (a horse of another color altogether), notably Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Monroe, Paine and Washington. John Adams was mostly Unitarian. None of the founders were atheists — they all believed in Deity — but most were students of the free thought movement of the European Enlightenment and not Christians.

Nevertheless, in their great wisdom they established a republic where, almost without historical precedent, church and state were distinctly separated and choice of religion was left solely up to the individual citizen. Most importantly, that choice remains no one else’s business.

And I am grateful to Mr. Kemp’s military service which has helped to preserve those most important rights that we all, as Americans, still share to this day.

Spider Johnson

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