Dear Editor:

Christian nationalists are actively trying to undermine religious freedom.

The Christian nationalists are afraid of the changing U.S. demographics, the new discoveries and improving moral views of the modern world. They want to go back to the “good old days” when there was less tolerance and no discoveries that challenge literal biblical views.

The Christian nationalists would like you to believe that this is a Christian nation. This is not a Christian nation. The Constitution begins with “WE the People … ." As Lincoln put it, “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” not a nation of the gods, by the gods, for the gods.

The Constitution was intentionally written as a secular document. It does not invoke God/Jesus or any divine justification. The nation’s founders included Christians, Deists, Jews and others. Jefferson was considered an atheist by many. References to nature’s God, or creator, predate the Constitution and are not the same as the Christian nationalists’ idea of a God.

The Christian nationalists want to go back to a time before the United States when the Colonies each enforced a particular version of religion. The early immigrants from Europe did not want religious freedom. They wanted to be free to impose their views of religion on the inhabitants, not to allow actual freedom. That is exactly what we are seeing now, a desire to eliminate religious freedom and reimpose a theocracy. These views are anti-American. They talk of kingdoms and a king, obedience and submission, suppression of freedom of conscience, a country run by their simplistic notion of God, not by the people.

Carl Ledendecker

2123 Stonybrook Road

Louisville, TN 37777

865 982-8687

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