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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • To the Editor: Vote to hold on to our rights

  • Last week Carl Lundell quoted James Madison's 1778 statement that we ought "to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." That was an admirable goal for Madison, and it still is for those of us who use the Holy Bible as a guide. The U.S. population, however, includes many faiths who use other guides. Even t...
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  •    Last week Carl Lundell quoted James Madison's 1778 statement that we ought "to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."  That was an admirable goal for Madison, and it still is for those of us who use the Holy Bible as a guide. The U.S. population, however, includes many faiths who use other guides. Even the various Christian and Jewish groups often disagree on interpretation, among themselves and within their own memberships---one reason that keeping religion out of government as much as possible is a good idea.
         Shortly after drafting the Constitution, the founders realized that there were certain things that should not be determined by majority vote, and religious beliefs were among them.  To protect individuals and minorities from majority dictatorship in personal matters, they added the "Bill of Rights" to the Constitution. Those Ten Amendments apply to all citizens regardless of religion; the Ten Commandments do not. As long as we don't intrude on the rights of others, citizens have a right to their own religious and philosophical beliefs.
         Yes, "Be mindful of who you vote for."  Make sure they are people who will allow you personal freedom rather than try to dictate what you must believe.  Vote for those would protect the individual rights stated in the amendments to our Constitution.
     
    Karen Halling
    Granite Falls
     
     

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