A recent letter begins by attributing a single word “horrified” to Gov. Tom Wolf. No context. No verifiable sources. Just a single word wrapped in quotes. In response to a prayer by Stephanie Borowicz at the opening session to the state General Assembly.
The writer then goes on to claim that praying before the opening session of the General Assembly is proper protocol. Sorry to say but it is not! Opening a public government session with a prayer is an establishment of religion. It would behoove the writer to actually read the Constitution of the United States.
He then makes various claims regarding “the Founding Fathers,” as if they were all of like mind. In all, 74 men were named at the Constitutional Convention, 55 attended, and 39 of those signed the Constitution. Which is proof, alone, that they were not of like-mind.
Matter of fact, they were political rivals and bickered often. (Aaron Burr, vice president in 1804, famously shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel!) So to attribute “the Founding Fathers” to very specific things such as “praying to Jesus Christ” and “knowing about Proverbs 27:17” is not only erroneous, it is laughable in my opinion.
Some of the founders were Christians. Some were theists in general. And still others were quite possibly atheist, such as Thomas Jefferson. Very few of them were of the same Christian denomination. The state of Virginia refused to sign the Constitution without protection from an established state religion and protection of freedom of worship. The Baptists and other Protestants of Virginia pushed for the protections of what became the First Amendment. They knew the Catholic Church or possibly Judaism could easily impose their will upon the nation’s laws and eventually restrict their right to worship how they please. It was the Protestants and non-denominational Christians who demanded a “wall of separation between church and state,” as quoted by Jefferson.
Now it is the Protestants and non-demonational Christians of today who wish to impose their beliefs on our laws and insist our public officials open official sessions of Congress with prayers! They do not respect our nation’s past, the past of their own religion, nor of our Constitution.
The letter then goes on to claim that we have “the best Constitution in the world.” Are we to believe that he has read and studied the constitutions of 150 other sovereign nations around the world? Or is it more likely the writer is a religious nationalist who bases his “opinions” on his own emotional state, rather than actual historical facts?
Finally, if you don’t like same-sex marriage, do not get gay married. If you don’t like abortions, don’t have one. If you don’t like Hollywood movies, don’t watch them.