You have it wrong

Dear MRFF,

When the framers of the constitution wrote the constitution and the bill of rights they were advocating that there would be no government sponsored religion such was the case in england.

So when people talk about the separation of government and religion they have it all wrong. The writers of the constitution wanted the people to be able to pursue any religion they wanted and not have the government force one upon them.

We still are a democratic free country that is still predominately a Judeo-Christian country where the majority rules. You people should realize this – the majority rules – and not some wacko group such as yourselves.

One day you will all see where you are when the Muslim brotherhood takes over and you are put before the wall.

Good luck to you in the future,

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

The majority does not, nor has it ever, ruled this country. While I’m sure any course in civics or American Politics is well in your rear view mirror, I would like to remind you that we do not live in a direct democracy. Rather, we exist in a representative republic. While that confusion is common, the shame of ignorance is not made any more tolerable by company. To save you from future embarrassment, I’ll give you some refreshment, free of charge.

In the words of our founders:

““A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” -Thomas Jefferson

“It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part. If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure.” -James Madison (also known as the father of the constitution)

“If a majority are capable of preferring their own private interest, or that of their families, counties, and party, to that of the nation collectively, some provision must be made in the constitution, in favor of justice, to compel all to respect the common right, the public good, the universal law, in preference to all private and partial considerations… And that the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of history… To remedy the dangers attendant upon the arbitrary use of power, checks, however multiplied, will scarcely avail without an explicit admission some limitation of the right of the majority to excercise sovereign authority over the individual citizen… In popular governments [democracies], minorities [individuals] constantly run much greater risk of suffering from arbitrary power than in absolute monarchies…” -John Adams

Those snippets should set you on the path to understanding why you have it wrong in your understanding of the form our government takes.

I’d also like to address your truth claim that the United States is “predominately a Judeo-Christian country.” What do you mean by that exactly? Do you mean that we have a population which uniformly agrees that Jesus Christ either is or is not the son of the god of Abraham? Do you mean that the US predominately ascribes to either 10 or 613 commandments? Perhaps you mean the common heritage of participating (or not) in Bar Mitzvahs as a necessary part of coming of age? Maybe you’re referring to the shared experience of war when a Christian army attempted to exterminate the Jewish populations of the world? If all you are referring to is the shared belief in the god of Abraham, you should modify your hyphenate to include Islam. After all, that third religion shares as much common heritage as the two you already define us by. The “Juedo-Christian” country is a convenient myth, but a myth all the same.

If the Muslim Brotherhood ever attempts to take control of our government in the same way Dominionist Christians have been trying for decades, the only wall they will see is the wall of separation between church and state that we vigilantly defend. No theocracy has a safe-haven in our military so long as we are able to prevent it.

Cheers,

Blake A. Page
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Special Assistant to the President
Director of West Point Affairs

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