In response to Linda Sutter’s diatribe of July 31 (“Fanatical agendas do not belong in board’s meetings”), her opening paragraph indicates how hateful her thinking is. Ms. Sutter apparently knows very little about our Founding Fathers’ view of religion, especially that found in our Bible. Our roots are deep in the Judeo-Christian faith. Let’s look at just a few examples.
John Adams stated, “(I)t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue,” Jun 21, 1776. Again, our 2nd president stated in part, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,” Oct 11, 1798.
Thomas Jefferson stated, “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my county when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever. ‘No power over the freedom of religion ... (is) delegated to the United States by the Constitution,’” 1803 notes on the State of Virginia.
It is very clear from these quotes by our second and third presidents that they were not intimidated by what people thought. The Supreme Court has the Ten Commandments on their building. Congress opens their sessions with prayer. Freedom to express our religious views has been the cornerstone of America.
As a Christian, I find it offensive for Linda Sutter to misrepresent people of faith with the word picture she portrayed. I also take offense that Mr. Finigan refuses to allow a vote by the full Board of Supervisors just because he has a dislike for Mr. Gitlin. I wonder if any other member of the board had suggested prayer before board meetings whether the same intransigent result would have been given?
We have elected five members to represent five districts, and when public response is asked for and those who stand up to voice their concern that we are being denied our God-given right to follow our Constitution and the decision of the Supreme Court, we need to rethink who is really representing us.
Mr. Finigan should stop acting like Sen. Reid, (he has stopped more than 300 pieces of legislation sent to him by the House) and give the complete board the opportunity to voice their views on prayer before board meetings.
Marlowe Thompson is a Crescent City resident.