Vail Daily letter: Living as you choose |

Vail Daily letter: Living as you choose

The May 15 article in the Vail Daily by Thomas Jefferson and Henry Bornstein is a classical analysis of the First and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution — it was “spot on” regarding the intent and true construction of this foundational charter.

I would go for one further admonition (I think) espoused by the Constitution, that being that those who believe in no God and/or have no membership in any organized religion (Islam, Christianity, Judaism, etc.) have no entitlement under the First Amendment to impose their atheistic beliefs upon others with traditional religious principles or beliefs

The Constitution neither promotes any particular religion, nor discourages the free exercise of a religion or the rejection of a religious belief system. Again, as Jefferson observed and reiterated by Bornstein, “ … It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

Bornstein’s construction allows for freedom of individual “choice” to believe in one’s God, many gods or in no god, whatsoever. For so long as one’s choice does not encroach, diminish or denigrate the freedom of another to exercise that same right, the concept of “free choice” has legal efficacy and substance.

Under this foundational charter, America is not a Christian nation, an Islamic one, a Jewish one or an atheistic one, and therein is the true meaning of the phrase “a living Constitution”; ergo, one has the qualified natural right and freedom to “live” as he so chooses pursuant to his personal beliefs in the matter.

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Fredric Butler

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