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3/22/2013 10:53:00 AM

To the editor:

Regrettably, Pastor Shaw is in error - Congress never published Bibles for use in public schools... it never published Bibles, period... not as the first book, not as the last book, not ever. So his primary evidence that our nation was not founded by secularists "falls flat," shall we say.

We all make errors, but such errors are more likely if we abdicate our intellectual responsibilities to the many pretend-historians that knowingly publish lies. Perhaps this is puzzling to the good pastor...that pretenders calling themselves Christians would run a business of lying for Jesus... or as likely, for fleecing the flock. I trust the pastor intends to keep his good name and cease spreading this falsehood. But if he isn't so inclined, I will offer him this challenge: We shall each write a 2,000-word essay debating his above claim and submit those arguments to a history professor at St. Olaf College. The judged winner shall dispense funds from the loser to a desired charity.

Ray LoPresto and Pastor Shaw agree that the U.S. Senate unanimously ratified the Treaty of Tripoli which stated "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..." but then claim the statement is somehow out of context. I must say I chuckle when I hear this "out of context" defense made so arbitrarily, but I do find myself in complete agreement on one point - yes, read the entire treaty. It is short and simple, and the statement stands in perfect context. Little navy, big navy... Muslims, Hindus... it makes no difference.

Finally, I do not place my trust in Ray LoPresto's God. His coercive declaration "In God we trust," which presupposes I do, counters religious liberty. Similarly, the non-Christian author of the Declaration of Independence did not write "our Creator," he wrote "their Creator." Please, Pastor Shaw, do not replace his words - to understand the difference is to respect both history and religious liberty.

Ken Kressin

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