Can't spell 'secular' without U-S-A

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In response to Mr. Blackman's letter, which was in response to a letter that implied that the rich in this country need to pay "more," I have a few things to say.

First of all, I completely respect his faith and can see that it is a pillar of his life. Anything that enriches and gives purpose to life is a good thing.

In this country, protected by our First Amendment, people can order their and their families lives around any faith or belief and not be bothered or suspected of witchcraft.

What I get from his letter isn't very clear. I see you putting words in the mouth of liberalism as a whole and implying many falsehoods without facts -- "Liberalism views the growth of government as a measure of social progress."

This could be true or not but I have no idea because "liberalism" isn't really a set of laws that were handed down from a mountain. I'm not sure where he got that fact from, but I would like to know.

To me his letter shows an unreasonable fear and disdain of the word "liberal" and a weak attempt to slander an imaginary foe. He seems to have some familiarity with the Constitution, "... Crafted a Constitution to keep it small," but somehow he doesn't understand the piece about the separation of church and state.

Thomas Jefferson said, "Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights."

So in response to his title, "Is liberalism scriptural?" I say no, it includes faith, but that is really beside the point.

This is a country of diverse moral backgrounds and this is a strength. As a fellow idealist I understand his frustration with a seemingly broken system, but we have to embrace the world as it is.

As Jesus says in the Gospel of St. Thomas, "Rather, the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it."

Mark R. Young

Walla Walla

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