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Letter to the Editor | PSU pulling Bibles correct

The various recent letters protesting the removal of Bibles from hotel rooms at Penn State betray several fallacies that need to be explored.

First, there is no such faith as “secular humanism.” This is a straw man invented to suggest that public neutrality in matters of religion is somehow a subterfuge to benefit a certain faith. And to suggest that freedom of religion is being subverted by an attempt to show no favor to any particular faith is simply preposterous. You can’t argue for religious freedom and the exclusive rights of your own sectarian interests at the same time.

Secondly, Christians need to remember that while the U.S. population is predominantly Christian, the government of the U.S. was not founded on the Christian faith. Two excellent examples are the language of the Treat of Tripoli (1796) in which the U.S. stipulated to a Muslim government that it was not founded on the Christian faith. See also the letter of Washington to the synagogue at Newport (1790) in which he assures the U.S. is a country that respects all religions equally and favors none. Most telling, there is no mention of God in the U.S. Constitution.

Penn State has assured us that Bibles will be readily available for anyone requesting one. This is a more than sufficient solution.

Michael Bourgo

Boalsburg

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