I agree with Tim Kalich’s healthy suspicion of those who proclaim self-righteousness. (Ref.: “Beware of ostentatious religious devotion,” March 12 edition; “The red flag of the religious,” Feb.22-23 edition). If one practices his religion there is no need to bring it up. To his list of recent holy phonies (three televangelists and a football coach) he could have added Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the speaker of the U.S. House.
However, I disagree with Mr. Kalich’s comments on separation of church and state. I wonder if that part of his opinion was influenced by the resolution passed by the Democratic National Committee last August which criticizes “religious liberty” and states that the Democratic Party should advocate for “rational public policy based on sound science and universal humanistic values.” This enlightened secular morality is socialism which sees science as salvation and society “progressing” to perfection without religion. Add it to that party’s platform resolution of long standing that “abortion should be readily available in America.” It is frightening for such god-less ideas to be declared by one of the two major political parties in America, the “one nation under God.”
The “first” Founder, George Washington, warned that the nation’s morality cannot be maintained without religion. Our country’s founding document declares: “These Truths [are] self evident that all Men . . . are endowed by their Creator [not science or government] with certain unalienable Rights [and that] Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes.” America was not founded as a secular government and, save damnation, must never be one.