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Outstanding historical articles.

Thank you for an outstanding issue of Church & State. It was wonderfully highlighted for me by the two historical pieces regarding Thomas Jefferson ("Politics In The Pulpit: What Would Jefferson Do?" October Church & State) and the Rev. John Leland ("Legacy Of Liberty," October Church & State).

In these dark days when we feel like our national consciousness is being raped and converted by the power-hungry minds of extremist religions, Rob Boston and Joseph L. Conn have reminded us that the struggle for the mutual respect and separation of church and state has a long history. And rather than be overwhelmed by what seem like hopeless odds, we can take comfort in the fact that our values have been challenged by radical religious zealots for centuries, and that it was the steadfast struggle of heroic, genius minds that ensured our freedom.

Thanks again, and I look forward to reading more historical lessons to help me continue the struggle.

--Michael A. Dimyan, M.D.

Boston, Mass.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Dimyan, Michael A.
Publication:Church & State
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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