Dropping God from oath

So I understand that you’re trying to help those that are offended but what about those that believe in God and want to say it? Wouldn’t it be fair if those that want to say it can and those that don’t want to say it don’t have to? Wouldn’t that be fair? I’m trying to understand your argument but it makes no sense to me that it has to be dropped for everyone? You’re not representing everyone, just a small minority.

I look forward to your response.

(name withheld)

Hi Jeff,

We’re talking about the price of living in a free society, when you think about it.

And, FYI, we’re actually representing a large number of concerned people, but the Constitution establishes protections for even a tiny minority. The alternative, you see, it the tyranny of the majority.

To your question, individuals are free to pray or say thanks to their God or higher power or whatever or whomever they choose. That’s fine. What’s not OK is for the script to be provided by a government body because that violates the separation of church and state.

So sure, those who want to say it can say it and those who don’t want to don’t have to. Just don’t have it written down for everyone to follow the bouncing ball, if you will.

But a concern you should be sensitive to is that, if it’s not written as an instruction but is allowed to be spoken, as you describe, by those who choose to, some of those who believe it is necessary to speak the words will be watching for those who do not. It becomes, then, the responsibility of thoughtful, decent people like yourself to see to it that those who do not say the words do not suffer for what some will deem their blasphemy, their unworthiness, their Godlessness, or whatever characteristic the self-anointed chooses to lay on it.


Mike Farrell

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