Chris Kipfer: Separation slips

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In 1955, with President Eisenhower's support, Congress added the words "In God We Trust" on all paper money. In 1956, it changed the nation's official motto, "E Pluribus Unum," "Out of many, One" to "In God We Trust."

Legislators introduced Constitutional amendments to state that Americans obeyed "the authority and law of Jesus Christ." The 1892, "I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all," changed little in substance through the pledge that I gave in school, through World War II and the Korean conflict. In 1954, the politicians decided to use religion for political purposes by adding "under God."

I graduated from high school in 1954. I believe that our nation was considerably more godly then because of the separation of church and state. Religion needed no help from the politicians.

This interference into the private matter of personal faith by the politicians taints the idea of faith by its association with politics. Our founding fathers all believed in God, but they had the wisdom to understand that religious faith is not helped by government's interference. Today's United States is still the most religious country in the free world, because it has never had a state religion, and government meddling in religion has been minimal.

German children must be offered a course of religious study in their primary schools. By any measure this has not resulted in a more religious culture.

A devout atheist who wishes to see athiesm adopted by future generations should demand that the government mandate Christian Bible study in our public schools. Our school board should consider the law of unintended consequences very carefully.

Chris Kipfer

Steamboat Springs

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