Church and State

Your letter to the editor, “Let’s keep them separate,” Feb.25-March 2, asked, “Why on Earth would anyone want to mix… Church and State?” – following with, “I embrace the part of the Constitution that begs for Separation of Church and State.”
First, Separation of Church and State is not mentioned in the Constitution. Amendment 1 to our Bill of Rights restricts government; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is to keep government out of religion not religion out of government. Why? The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy under the law (Republic) is directly yoked to the morality of the people and the virtues of our elected officials.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness. We are to reason through the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God a moral compass which includes a mutual respect and love of thy neighbor, “as thyself.” As morality declines in our society and our elected officials become motivated by vice rather than virtue, more laws are created which restrict our lives, liberties, and pursuit of happiness.
Many have died and suffered to protect these Rights. We have a duty to resist any person, party, or institution that wants to take these Rights away. Yes, I am jealous to preserve these Rights for everyone. My passion comes from the love I have for our country and to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
God bless and defend America.
Kevin Wilson
Dallas Meadows
Tampa