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Vail Valley Voices column got it wrong

Charles Patterson
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

Regarding “Much ado about gay marriage,” Valley Voices column Sunday: Mr. Bommarito, while your opinion is yours and you are entitled to it, you have misstated the facts.

Please, please tell me where it is “expressed” in either a state or federal document that there should be separation of church and state in the context that you have used it.

Making it “arguable that using a religious document (‘holy book’) as the basis for establishing public policy is unconstitutional,” as you have stated.

Let me tell you what is stated in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America regarding state and religion.

Among other things unrelated to religion, the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Both the free exercise clause and the establishment clause place restrictions on the government concerning laws they pass or interfering with religion.

No restrictions are placed on religions except perhaps that a religious denomination cannot become the state religion.

As you can see, it is stated a little differently than the context you used for your argument.

Please read an 1802 letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Connecticut Baptists for further clarification of the separation of church and state metaphorical statement.

Mr. Bommarito, like the Constitution of this great country, the Holy Book has room for only two interpretations, right or wrong.

I encourage you to read both, as one was the foundation for the other.

Charles Patterson

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