Archive for Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Nowhere in the Constitution

July 12, 2000

I am writing in response to the June 28 column by Keith Burner about a Supreme Court decision against voluntary student-led prayer at high school football game.

This is too important an issue to let slide without a response. It seems some people today have been brainwashed into thinking that in the Constitution there is a statement about separation of church and state. Wrong. It's not in the Constitution. It is in a minor letter written by Thomas Jefferson. Our government has latched onto it with surprising tenacity.

Our nation was founded on certain principles, including the right to free speech. The "politically correct" try to say that only speech that offends no one is acceptable. That is the way they are manipulating speech to reflect their values. We need to defend the basic right to freedom of speech vigorously.

If we idly sit by and let one liberty after another be taken away by our liberal and politically correct Supreme Court, we will be left with no rights, no power and no liberty.

Our Constitution has served this country well. Compare our freedom and economic wealth to the rest of the world. The only rights they have are ones a particular government wants to grant them which is usually little to none.

Doesn't it seem scary that the Supreme Court of the United States is concerning itself with what is said at a local ball game?

Americans need to look beyond our own ideas and/or prejudices. We need to speak up when we see a constitutional liberty being reshaped or lessened. Don't give up a single right. It will never be given back. If the freedom of free speech continues to be chipped and stripped away, soon only the government will decide what can be said in public.

Kathie Clarke
Tonganoxie

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