Letters to editor logo 7-12-21

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

I must commend a Pinal County Democrat for citing so accurately the U.S. Constitution in a recent letter to the Casa Grande Dispatch editor. His letter was about a local governmental board opening its meeting with a prayer. The writer feels the prayer is in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

We all know the U.S. Constitution is the law of the land. A review of Article II, Section 1, first sentence states “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” The eighth paragraph of Article II, Section 1 states “Before he enters on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will on the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’”

Article IV, Section 4, states, “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican Form of Government and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislatures cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”

The president is required by his oath of office to see that all laws of the land are enforced; he cannot arbitrarily decide what laws not to enforce.

During the crisis at our southern border, I have not read where the Pinal County Democrats have cited the president of dereliction of duty and sworn oath to enforce the law regarding massive invasion and domestic violence in cities in the United States.

In the writer’s mind, the most urgent threat to our country is a short prayer opening a public meeting.

God help us.

Ed Van Blaricum

Casa Grande

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John Trainor

William, Apologies for not responding to your last sooner. This is a topic requiring greater space than a "comment" allows. I am finishing a letter to be submitted soon. Stay tuned.

John Trainor

None of the oaths mentioned require a prayer. The Constitution prohibits a religious test for election to public office. The First Amendment prohibts an establishment of religion by government. Our founders established a secular government, not a Christian government. Mr. Atchue is correct to point out that prayers promoting one religion during government meetings amount to an erosion of our secular foundational bedrock and the eventual collapse of the wall of separation of church and state. This is a greater danger to our country than any "invasion" of migrants on our southern border.

William Wallace

Hoist by their own petard. Excellent letter Mr. Van Blaricum. The constitution prohibits the establishment of religion. Despite the sophistry of progressive justices who have taken it upon themselves to amend our constitution by fiat, our constitution does not require absolute separation of church and state. A prayer to the creator God does not establish a religion.

Ralph Atchue

Be careful what you pray for. Theocratic authoritarian governments are not friendly to human/civil rights or democracy itself. Christians should not be allowed to push their mythology at the expense of other myths or non-beliefs. God exists in the eye of the beholder…

Ralph Atchue

Mr. Trainor has hit it out of the park. Secular democracies are being demolished the world over. In their wake, theocratic authoritarian rule will dominate once again - the second coming of the Dark Ages is at hand!

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