The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 22, 2013

Reply to Mr. Ziegenfuss

"In order to ensure to citizens freedom of conscience, the church in the U.S.S.R. is separated from the state, and the school from the church. Freedom of religious worship and freedom of antireligious propaganda is recognized for all citizens."

This was the failed policy of the defunct Soviet Union from its inception until the fall of the Berlin Wall. Under the guise of the "protection" of their several Constitutions the Soviet central command persecuted, purged and imprisoned its people for daring to disagree or simply to follow their own beliefs.

Our Constitution has lasted longer. Its provisions are a one way street: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

Your letter suggests Mr. Lerch's opinion that "Separation of church and state is separating us from God..." was similar to that of the Taliban. But do you understand that the mujahedin rebels now called the Taliban first formed to drive out the Soviet invasion of 1979-1989 and their failed policies?

They became who they are under that Soviet style of "tolerance."

I agree with you on one thing. It is frightening, and even dangerous to try to live together in peace contrary to our Constitution and ignorant of any facts. We need a basic consensus of right and wrong to get along.

"Separation of Church and State" has never been part of our Constitution. History records that policy failed. So if Mr. Lerch is on the "wrong" side, which "side" would that put you on?

Ken Neves, Sunbury

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