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December 20, 2012

Letters to the Editor - Dec. 20, 2012

America’s moral compass not broken

Dear Editor,

The column “Keep it to yourself!” (Dec. 4) by Lou Tiscione opines that the moral compass of our government has been removed in the past four or five decades because of separation of church and state forced by the man-centered world view of secular humanists.

In Mr. Tiscione’s view “… the founders envisioned a triangular system … [of] government, capitalism, and faith … it has only been in the last four or five decades that faith has been removed [from] the triangle.”

Thus, faith was present when our government’s founders produced a country where white men were allowed to own black people, where black people were kept in slavery with beatings and threats of death and where some white people legally subjected black people to abuse beyond human comprehension.

During our early history, founders such as Thomas Jefferson owned sex slaves who acted as their own slave breeders. Slave owners, including Jefferson, kept their own half-black or quarter-black children as slaves. If faith was present, as Mr. Tiscione contends, then it was a miserable failure at producing ethical and moral human behavior.

America was founded by imperfect men with an extraordinary vision for the future. That vision has been realized to a significant extent by laws that provide human rights, civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, etc. to our citizens. What we as a people have in common is a belief in our founding vision, i.e., our moral compass. America has not gone from good to bad but rather just the opposite. Our national moral compass has never been stronger. Our government protects the rights of each individual American more now than at any other time in our history.

No one group, not secular humanists nor Christians, deserves all the credit for our progress.

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