Letters to the Editor

Says founders based U.S. on civil law

The April 10 letter regarding Indiana’s freedom of religion law requires a rebuttal to the assertion that the USA was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. It was founded on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, not any religious belief. As such, all men are created equal and the First Amendment clearly separates the state from any religion, Judeo-Christian or otherwise. The founding fathers understood the risks of tribal religious conflict. As quoted by E.O Wilson in “The Meaning of Human Existence,” George Washington: “Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind those which are caused by divergence in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing and ought most to be deprecated.” John Adams: “…the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” James Madison made this clear when he wrote the Bill of Rights. It has long amazed me that the religious right continues to claim a Christian foundation in the U.S. when I believe the recorded history clearly contradicts that belief. The religious right should accept that the public conduct of commerce is based on civil law and not on religious belief. Or does religious belief justify discrimination?

Michael Tomlinson