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You're thinking about Pilgrims - Ed Brock

There's a tendency by many who support the likes of Judge Roy Moore to cite our nation's supposed foundation on Christian laws.

People who think that are probably confusing the Pilgrims, who are certainly a good example of religious over-zealotry, with the men who fought for our independence, who formed the government and wrote the Constitution.

Men like Thomas Jefferson, who once made this remark to another Founding Father John Adams.

"The truth is, that the greatest enemies of the doctrine of Jesus are those, calling themselves the expositors of them, who have perverted them to the structure of a system of fancy absolutely incomprehensible and without any foundation in his genuine words."

Granted, I pulled that quote along with several others from a Web site called www.infidels.org, but I'm on deadline and it sounds about right.

Jefferson, Adams and the other authors of our constitution may well have been religious, but they also lived in the height of the Age of Enlightenment. Jefferson himself has been described as a deist who rejected the superstitions of Christianity, according to writer Jim Walker.

Walker heads his own exposition on Jefferson's non-Christian nature with this quote.

"Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong."

But enough of what other people said. Let's see what other people are doing about this.

In Mobile, my hometown, a Christian radio talk show host and a Tallassee pastor are filing suit to block the removal of Moore's illegal monument because to remove them, they say, violates the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

Ah, the irony. That piece of granite is the greatest weight threatening to crush that constitutional guarantee of freedom.

Freedom means each citizen has the right to choose not to be religious as well. When a representative of the law puts a monument in a courthouse that endorses not just religion but a particular religion then the freedom to be a non-believer is threatened.

Further, it is not a right of religion to force itself on others and to seek to monopolize the institutions of our society. The fact that many people think so is not justification to continue in this injustice.

And it is an injustice, just as it would be unjust if our country began passing laws prohibiting the practice of certain religions because they are deemed unsavory. But nobody's nailing closed the church doors here, nobody's saying you can't sit in a courtroom accused of a crime and pray for your own deliverance.

That would be wrong.

What is being said here by the high courts of this land is that a judge can't sit on the bench and say "The Bible is the law of the land."

It is not, nor was it intended to be.

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipalities for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or via e-mail at ebrock@news-daily.com.