I just finished reading Don Robert’s pontification (column, April 23, “In defense of Christianity”) about how his religion is being attacked by everyone, including our president. In the past, Roberts has written about his belief in both God and torture in the same article — I know from personal experience that his God’s teachings are nothing that I am familiar with growing up as an acolyte in the Episcopal Church.

Did Roberts’ religion really teach him that it’s OK to torture his fellow man? Our country participated in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, which convicted Japanese of crimes against humanity during World War II for torturing prisoners of war.

Do people realize that the Ku Klux Klan is a Christian-based organization, or recall the Catholic Church’s position on child sexual abuse, and can somebody, anybody, explain to me why Cardinal Bernard Law isn’t in prison?

I’m really not sure where to go with my letter except maybe with what our Founding Fathers wrote about separation of church and state in the establishment clause of our Bill of Rights. Our first treaty, the Treaty of Tripoli, in Article 11, states that the States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.

I invite anyone to show me specifically all the direct references in our Constitution and Bill of Rights that say our country is founded on Judeo-Christian principles.

Roberts might consider taking into consideration the following quote from Benjamin Franklin, “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

Michael Grove


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