The view of total “separation of church and state” is dangerous to religious freedom. Consider what would such a view do to any freedom in the Constitution? Like “there shall be total separation of press and state.” Can you think of any power more dangerous to give the government than that! The First Amendment only said, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion (state religion) or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .” not total separation of religious morality and state. (Congress has never passed a law to make a state church.)
The reason the phrase “separation of church and state” isn’t in the Constitution is because that view would give the government the right to control “free exercise” of religion and outlaw all morality from its laws. No religious people would have the right to promote decency when government politicalizes an immoral view. And our Judeo-Christian heritage would be eliminated from all parts of the culture and countless other abuses of power over religious views.
James Madison, father of the Constitution, once said, “We have staked the whole of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Our Judeo-Christian past tells us to never disavow what sustains a free people, religious freedom.
Concerning school prayer, we would do well to look for a scriptural answer instead of a legal or constitutional solution.
Matt. 3-4: Jesus said it is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matt. 6-5: And when thou prayest thou shall not be as the (AND HERE IS A WORD I CAN’T MAKE OUT … LOOKS LIKE LYBORRITS) are, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues “or churches” and on the corners of the streets that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you they have their reward.
V. 6: But thou when thou prayest enter thy closet and thou least shut thy door. Pray to the Father which is in secret and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
So prayers are a personal private contact with God. There is no place for group prayer.
To the Editor:
In reference to the “Parade,” Daily Journal, March 10, article by Professor Carl Sagan, “In the Valley of the Shadow.” Professor Sagan does not believe in God. He has the power to believe whatever he chooses. Carl Sagan is well known and his anti-God, anti-creation views have been made public via the news media, television, etc. Professor Sagan’s “Cosmos” series on television more than likely were viewed by millions. Dr. Sagan, professor of astronomy at Cornell University, has been described as sort of a “superstar” of science. When Dr. Sagan speaks, the world stops, looks and listens. Not long ago Walter Cronkite hosted a television show in which in his charming “I have all the answers” manner belittled the Bible and the view that mankind was created by God. Mr. Cronkite, of course, can choose to believe whatever he wants to. When Dr. Madalyn Murray O’Hair, atheist movement leader, speaks in general the news media will inform the public. To me all this seems somewhat unfair. Now the real reason I wanted to address this seemly bias situation. The general public is not informed that the atheist, the evolutionary thought, the skeptical world, has been challenged over and over again by Christian apologist in the defense of God, the Bible and creation. What do you think, does the “media” inform the public of the challenges to refute atheism, etc.? Now back to Dr. Carl Sagan. Time magazine interviewed Dr. Sagan (Time, Oct. 20, 1980, page 63). Of him Time says, “Sagan also issues open challenges. To creationists, who argue for biblical interpretation of life’s beginnings, he states that evolution is not a theory, it is a fact.” Guess what? That challenge was accepted by Thomas B. Warren, Ph.D. Dr. Warren wrote to Dr. Sagan (two letters) without any response. On Feb. 26, 1981, Dr. Warren wrote to the Time editor. Amy Musher of the Time editorial offices kindly wrote to Dr. Warren, saying that Time was unable to publish any part of Dr. Warren’s letter in its letters column. Now I ask, does this sound fair? It seems the lesson is obvious. When the atheist speaks, make it public via the printed page, TV, etc. When the Christian responds in challenge, “hush hush.” By the way, many works have been published (debates between Christians and atheists) but don’t look for them in the public library or libraries of higher education. You can’t find them. Wonder why? Do you reckon the pseudo-intellect is trying to hide something? I wanted to inform those who are interested in such, so do not let your faith in God fall. In debate, God, creation has been proven through logic and common sense. Yes. “In the beginning, God . . .”
Donald R. Fox
Cotton farmers, let’s not forget the years behind us. In 1991 there was very little cotton planted and what was planted was very late. Insect pressure was light, but we sprayed the boll weevil. In 1992 cotton was planted on time. The spring season was dry and we had three distinct outbreaks of worms in our cotton that year, but we still produced one of our largest cotton crops. In 1993 cotton was planted late and we had another wet spring. Does anyone recall the worms in 1993? The chemicals that we had been using and receiving good results from started to show failure. The worm pressure changed because worms were no longer following their normal cycle. The farmer could not tell what the worm’s cycle was anymore, therefore, fields were bushhogged in 1993 because of this. I remember holding my breath when the planter went down the row in 1994. I knew in the back of my mind that if the worms of 1993 came back in 1994, it was going to be bad. There was no Malathian in 1993; there was no Boll Weevil Eradication Program in 1993. If you remember, the worms of 1993 devastated the Delta crop. I have been raising cotton since 1987 and I’ve spent a lot of money on the boll weevil. I could write on and on about how much time that I have spent with the boll weevil. If you would look behind the eradication program and it doesn’t work, then why have our neighboring states to the east planted so much cotton? Some type of eradication program is needed in our area. The changes that have been made in our program, I believe, will help the cotton farmer and landlords in this area.
I believe Wayne Carter’s letter in the Sunday, March 10, Journal deserves another opinion.
This lawsuit by Ms. Herdahl could be settled by simply returning to majority rule which we were taught in school. When I was young we heard over and over that the majority rules. Now if one person objects to anything the courts will almost always rule in the one person’s favor.
The Supreme Court which was packed by liberals by Roosevelt has gone from their purpose of interpreting laws to passing laws. School bussing to achieve racial balance was a law passed by the courts and not by Congress.
Flag burning is now a form of free speech. We can exercise our right of free speech by burning a flag but not by praying.
Mr. Carter says he resents the use of the slogan “Religious Freedom” by a misguided (few). I believe more than a few in Pontotoc have rallied for prayers in school and I can’t believe Mr. Carter has missed the rallies by thousands of Christians in Pontotoc and those who joined them from other places and I don’t think these are misguided. Mr. Carter is right that the courts did not outlaw prayer but a school that allows prayer can get in big trouble if a one person majority objects.
Teaching the Bible in schools will harm no one and might help some.
What will happen when someone who is expelled from school brings a lawsuit claiming he has a right to bring a gun to school, that it is a form of free speech? Will the courts rule in his favor?
The Supreme Court legalized abortion. Some believe it is murder and some say it is choice, saying the government has no right to tell a woman what to do with her body. The same people believe the government can force a woman to strap her body in her automobile with a seat belt.
Mr. Carter would welcome Ms. Herdahl into his church. I would not welcome her in my church unless she repents of the trouble and taxpayers expense she has caused Pontotoc schools.
She wouldn’t be happy in my church because we have prayers.
Mr. Carter calls the thousands who rallied in Pontotoc a misguided few and led by ignorant leaders. I say thank God for the misguided few and ignorant leaders. Mr. Carter believes if the ignorant few and misguided few have their way, we would be overrun by prayers from many groups. Once again, majority rule could take care of that problem.
All of you misguided few, ignorant followers of misguided leaders and believers, let us join together and pray for Ms. Herdahl and Mr. Carter and especially the courts and demand our ignorant leaders return this country to majority rule.
Thank God for Mike Moore. We need more like him. Someone who is not afraid to take a stand against the giant and deadly tobacco company. I see people all around me dying because of tobacco-related illnesses. Well, take me, for instance. At 50 I had to go out and get another job to go with the one I had to make ends meet, because when my husband was a teenager around 13 or so, he started smoking. There were no warnings on cigarette packages at that time. And he got hooked on cigarettes and smoked for about 25 years. Even though he had been quit for a number of years, the damage had been done. He died March 18, 1994, and it was a two-year battle with awful pain. You see, I am a widow because of tobacco and I’m mad or you can say that I’m furious with Gov. Kirk Fordice trying to protect a killer product like tobacco. Half the allergies in children are caused by tobacco smoke. Parents don’t seem to care about smoking in houses or cars when the kids have to breathe this damaging smoke. I myself have asthma as well as my granddaughter, and cigarette smoke is like putting your head in a bag and trying to breathe for five minutes. Try it and you will see what I’m talking about.
I see people everywhere on disability because of smoking. If you put the warning sighs on the church door that you have on cigarette packs, would you go in? Huh, would you? Well, most wouldn’t, it would be too dangerous. And if I were a car salesman and told you that the car you were buying from me was perfect in every way, so you bought it and started home and the engine blew up and I would not replace it or give a refund, would you buy another car from me? Of course not. Well, the tobacco company is lying even worse about their product. A car you can get somewhere else, but your body you cannot replace.
And, by the way, you can quit any time you want. It is so easy since they, the tobacco company, says that nicotine is not addictive. How about it? Whoops! Another lie, or do you agree, and you can quit any time no problem? I’ve seen too many people try to quit and did for awhile, but got so nervous they started back. Well, Gov. Kirk Fordice, you should be proud to have a man like Mike Moore trying to help our people to live longer and be more prosperous. I myself try to talk to the young people about the danger of smoking and I think I am doing some good. I recently met a young lady in Wal-Mart that I haven’t seen in a few years. She came up to me and told me she had quit smoking. I looked at her for a minute trying to think just why she was telling me and about that time she said I had got on to her for smoking when she was in junior high. I was thrilled she had quit and she had remembered me talking to her. And I would like to address Mr. Horace Hutcheson on his comment. You, sir, I would imagine are a smoker. Well, all I can say is I hope you have good insurance and a good wife to take care of you when you get down in bed with a smoke-related illness. Because the tobacco company will not be there. But maybe Mike Moore can do something to help all of us by making them pay for their dangerous product called tobacco. Yes, it’s true, the tobacco farmer makes his living growing tobacco and so do the marijuana and opium farmers. Are there any difference in the three? You go to the Cancer Center 60 times and you will get a look at what it’s like to be dying with cancer. And, yes, I know all cancer is not related to smoking, but I took it upon myself to question patients at the Cancer Center about their illnesses and 80 percent or more smoked and all lung cancer patients smoked, or their spouses smoked in the house around them.
I’ve always been proud of Mississippi and still am, but I am ashamed to claim Kirk Fordice as our governor. We need a governor who cares about the people and their quality of life instead of big bucks from the tobacco company. So people, at the next election, let’s get out and vote Kirk Fordice out and maybe we can get a real man in the governor’s mansion.
Again, thank you, Mike Moore.
The morning of March 26 means different things to different people. To Oscar winners it’s a time filled with happiness and pride. For half of the 16 million people with diabetes, it’s the beginning of another day with a serious and often fatal disease they do not realize they have.
Unfortunately, many people will only become aware of their diabetes after they develop one of the serious health complications the disease causes, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and lower limb amputations. This is especially true for African American, Hispanic and Native American populations.
The America Diabetes Association has set aside March 26 for the “American Diabetes Alert,” a one-day call to action to identify those who have diabetes and don’t yet know it. That’s 84,000 people right here in Mississippi.
If you are over 45, overweight and get little or no exercise, you may be at high risk. Call 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383) or 957-7878 for a free copy of our paper and pencil risk test and to find out about resources available in Mississippi. Let’s get serious about diabetes. Together, we can beat it.
Until there’s a cure, there’s the American Diabetes Association.
Richard Warriner, D.D.S.
Past Chairman of the Board
American Diabetes Association