Once a week, stuffed in my mail box, I get the “Monadnock Shopper News”, our free local goods and services advertising newspaper. I typically never read them. But during lunch I was leafing through the week’s edition when I came across a 1,000 word (!!) “Letter to the Editor”.
In it, a clearly deranged and uneducated Christian Fundie went on and on about this being a “Christian Nation”. How the founding Fathers were all men of Christ. How scripture can easily be seen in the Constitution. Yadda, yadda, yadda. All bald faced stupidity and invention of the Christian revisionists. So, being me, naturally I couldn’t let this just slide by unchallenged.
The following is MY letter to the editor (and publisher) in response. Feel free to use it should you observe similar idiocy in your local papers.
Dear Sir or Madam:
Up until today my wife and I were happy to have your publication delivered to our home. We patronize many of your advertisers. But after reading today's edition, with its rather lengthy letter to the editor from a religious fanatic, we are having second thoughts. I object to having a publication delivered to my home, without my consent, that gives a platform for this kind of misinformation, blatant distortions, and religious zealotry.
I won't go into great detail about the absurdities, and lack of knowledge of US history that pervades the revisionists’s letter.
- Nor will I expound on the extensive private writings of the Founding Fathers whose distain for Christianity is easily confirmed (Jefferson and Madison being among the most vehement in their expressions).
- Nor shall I point out that the Constitution is devoid of ANY reference to God/gods, Jesus, or any supernaturalism or Biblical scripture.
-Nor will I bother to detail Jefferson's letter of Jan. 1, 1802 describing the intent and purpose of the 1st Amendment's Establishment Clause as specifically creating "a wall of separation between church and state".
-Nor do I have to copy and paste here the entire Treaty of Tripoli (1796), ratified by the Senate and signed by John Adams in 1797, which plainly stated that "... the United States is not a Christian nation."
-Nor shall I bother to quote Jefferson who, in a letter dated February 10, 1814 stated that the Common Law, the foundation for the Constitution, as drawn from English law, has no basis in Christianity.
No ... I won't do any of that. Any well educated, student of history willing to suspend their personal agenda, willing to disassociate their personal "beliefs" from the public "facts" of our governmental foundation, could research and discover this for themselves.
That Christians played an important role (along with Jews, Deists, and atheists) in the development of our country is not at issue here. Neither is the fact that some /many of the Founders prayed or read the Bible. It's all good. What's at issue is your suborning ignorance, misinformation, and the need for some people to promulgate the erroneous belief that this country favors their religion over another religion or over no religion at all. Please stop it, or stop putting your publication in my mailbox.
[Name and PO Box included]
While I doubt the Shopper News will publish my letter maybe it will get them to think twice about thoughtlessly turning their letters section over to religious fanatic revisionists. If not, then the next time I’ll deliver my reply in person.