Letter to the editor | A Constitution primer

April 1, 2014 

Per his latest column, the priority for the morally bankrupt like Leonard “I never let the truth get in my way” Pitts Jr. is anything that wantonly trashes the truth of “the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” the obedience of which is deemed necessary in the Declaration of Independence for the promotion of the common good (America’s survival).

It is a declaration that was fulfilled in the Constitution, giving us our freedom-of-religion rights to oppose that which the invariant moral teaching of our faith summarily condemns for the sake of the common good in accord with the aforementioned natural law, understandable through reason, exclusive of any divine revelation connotation, reducible to three simple words: Do no harm.

It’s a declaration that, in its conclusion, did not appeal to man but rather to the “Supreme judge of the world in regard to the rectitude of its intentions” calling upon the “protection of Almighty God for its support.”

Freedom of — not from — religion is in the Constitution, which allows people of faith and right reason to live the tenets of their faith by witnessing to it in the public square without fear of coercion by a godless, tyrannical state that would persecute them under force of unjust law for those beliefs.

Accordingly, as an American of faith, I just don’t know how I will be able to handle Pitts’ consternation with upholding the Constitution instead of trashing it. But I will give it my best shot.

Gary L. Morella, Lemont

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