It seems perverted but freedom of religion gives some religions the freedom to lie. Truth is a history teacher, fact-finder, or Google will tell you, “The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian doctrine.” (George Washington, affirmed by John Quincy Adams with his signature to the 1796 treaty with Tripoli).

“Question with boldness even the existence of a god.” (Thomas Jefferson, a letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787).

“It is much to be lamented that a man of Franklin’s general good character and great influence should have been an unbeliever in Christianity, and also have done as much as he did to make others unbelievers.” (Priestley’s Autobiography).

Rather than the United States of America being founded on Christianity, our founding document the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion …” and further states, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” (Article VI).

John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, and many others being Freemasons believed in freedom of religion, no matter what that religion might be. That was a radical founding principle distinguishing America from the European political evils and corruption they were rejecting.

The summation of our Constitution is, “All God’s critters got a voice in the choir.” (Bill Staines).

The founders of these United States would have voted “no” on Question 1. Not because Jesus would have, but because discrimination is unconstitutional, anti-American.

Tom Bulger, Avon

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