Sometimes I write letters.

December 3, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Miscellany | Leave a comment
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William Jennings Bryan, full-length portrait wearing cape, standing on open bible, facing front with large cross cradled in left arm, holding crown of thorns overhead; in the background, on the left is a vandalized church, on the right is a man wearing a liberty cap and ragged cape, and waving a banner labeled Anarchy.  Published September 14, 1896

The sacrilegious candidate: William Jennings Bryan, full-length portrait wearing cape, standing on open bible, facing front with large cross cradled in left arm, holding crown of thorns overhead; in the background, on the left is a vandalized church, on the right is a man wearing a liberty cap and ragged cape, and waving a banner labeled "Anarchy". Published September 14, 1896

I just sent the following email to Senator Dianne Feinstein because of this.

Dear Senator Feinstein:

It is my understanding that you intend to capitulate to the demands of Senator Jim DeMint with respect to including the phrase “in god we trust” and other religious signifiers within the new Capitol Building visitor center.

This is outrageous.

There is entirely too much religiosity injected into politics and government. It is offensive and — most importantly — unconstitutional.

I am sure that Senator DeMint prefers that churches keep their favored, non-tax-paying status just as i prefer that my government not promulgate religion. We cannot have both.

It will not surprise me that you decide to do the wrong thing. It is what the American people have come to expect from congress. Sadly, doing the right thing takes a back seat to misguided expediency.

You harm the constitution, the United States and its citizens by capitulating to requests to promote religion within the visitors center.

Surprise me.

If we call and write frequently enough, eventually the message will get through.

(Chromolithograph courtesy of The Library of Congress)

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