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Questions for Alan Sears.

It always amazes me when people like Alan Sears, head of the Religious Right's Alliance Defense Fund, cite "our nation's Founders" in support of their opposition to church-state separation ("The Alliance Defense Fund's Hidden Agenda," June 2004 Church & State). I wonder if they are ever asked their opinion of the views of such Founding Fathers as James Madison, who declared, "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind ..."?

How do they respond to Thomas Jefferson's admonition to "Question with boldness even the existence of a God"? Could Madison, Jefferson, Ben Franklin and other Founding Fathers with similar views ever have advocated religious influence in matters of state?

And then, of course, there is the Treaty of Tripoli (June 10, 1797), passed unanimously by the Senate and signed by President John Adams, which contained the unequivocal statement, "The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."

Please, Mr. Sears, spare us your distortions of history!

Gerald Albert

East Meadow, N.Y
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Albert, Gerald
Publication:Church & State
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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