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11/21/2012 1:35:00 PM
Letter: Foundations of US are at risk

Editor:

If we continue on the course of fundamental transformation, no longer will individual freedom and liberty be the focus of our political ideology.

No longer will the Bill of Rights afford protection. No longer will the Ten Commandments be our moral code. No longer will the legal system seek justice. No longer will journalism hold truth as its goal nor allegiance to it as its standard. No longer will we have the security provided by the sacrifices of our nation's heroes. No longer will we know the comfort of our oral heritage. No longer will we be a united people.

No longer will we be sustained by the American dream.

Gary Reeves

Dewey


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: Discussion Not Emotion

Well, this is about as vague as can be...

We are drifting away from freedom and liberty towards....what exactly? And this determination is based on...what exactly?

That fact that Mr. Reeves cites the Ten Commandments as our moral code speaks volumes about his intention in this letter.

Has it been our moral code for the last two hundred years to make sure that we never take the Christian God's name in vain, or honor the Sabbath, or never to put other Gods before Him? Do we lock people up for coveting their neighbor's possessions?

Funny. I could have sworn that our Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantee our right to do choose any god or no god, as we wish, and curse in the Christian God's name if we wish, and dishonor the Sabbath, if we wish.

Except for murder and theft, and some instances of lying, our legal and moral system doesn't reflect the Ten Commandments at all.

I guess Mr. Reeves is bemoaning the fact that our society is shifting from a distinctly religious one to a more secular one, and he sees the apocalypse coming. Considering the success, freedom-wise, of highly secular countries like Norway, Sweden, France, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and the Netherlands, I don't see much to worry about...




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