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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2007 10:00 pm | Updated: 9:46 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

In response to your article on Dec. 24, you asked a very important question: "Should religion be a part of political decision-making process?"

My answer to that question is, "Absolutely."

What people believe or does not believe about God will be reflected in their thoughts, words and actions. It will affect how they conduct themselves in their home, work/occupation their social life.

There seems to be a lot of confusion among people about the word "religion." Most people think that you are a religious person whether you are a Mormon, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian or Hindu.

However, if you study early American history, you will come to the conclusion that the signers of the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were overwhelmingly born-again Christians. They all came from different denominations such as Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, etc., but most of them professed Christ as their personal savior.

When the founding fathers were debating the wording of the First Amendment, there were many versions drafted before they came to the wording that says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

In all the prior drafts, it’s clear that their interpretation of the word "religion" meant "denomination."

The point of all this is that the values and principles found in four founding documents and that still govern the affairs of our great nation were the values, beliefs and principles of the elected politicians of that generation.

America would not be the nation that it is today if it weren’t for godly men who believed in Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

On Feb. 29, 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that "America is emphatically a Christian nation."

The reason we are having all the debates about this issue today is the Christian gospel is being challenged with the new gospel of tolerance and diversity for other religious or non-religious beliefs.

Ken Owen

Director

Christian Community Concerns

Lodi

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  • posted at 11:10 am on Sun, Dec 30, 2007.

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    Or, perhaps the fact that the final draft excludes specific reference to the Christian faith means that they made an intentional decision to not narrowly define religion.

     

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