The freedom to believe

Published: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 1, 2005 at 11:48 p.m.
I am becoming increasingly sick of some peoples' ignorance concerning Christians' intentions toward government.
It seems to me that the accusations leveled on Dec. 28 by Robert Raulerson (who was offended by Jake Fuller's Christmas cartoon) were rather paranoid. Christians are not trying to create a theocracy. We are simply fighting the anti-Christian movement, which is singularly intolerant of anything that smacks of Christianity.
May I remind Raulerson that the First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Call me a strict constructionist, but I interpret these first two clauses to mean that the government has a responsibility to preserve the "free exercise" of religion, not destroy any public references to it.
We do not live in a democracy, for democracy is no more than mob rule. Our great democratic-republic was built so that all men may be free without anyone telling them what they must believe.
Mary McGee, Gainesville

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