"The day that this country
ceases to be free for irreligion,
it will cease to be free
for religion."
Justice Robert H. Jackson
(1892-1954), U. S. Supreme Court Justice
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True. What is either but what a man believes in or free thought? Where the problem lies is the many must be moral or ethical regardless of belief. Today too many are neither.
 -- Anon     
    We're arriving. The religion issue is just but one of the markers attesting to waning freedoms.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I think we Christians tend to miss that important lesson. Christ didn't teach that we should use the force of earthly government to beat the sin out of non-believers. Much of the animosity directed at Christianity today isn't because we act toward them like Christians - with love, compassion and forgiveness, but because we don't. When we abdicate our positive responsibilities to the poor, elderly, infirmed and imprisoned and instead, focus on ways to force a corrupted world to "act" righteously, we do much more harm than good. Sometimes I believe that next to Satan himself, we Christians are Christianity's worst enemies. Like Paul, I am the chief of all sinners. We have enough of our own sins to work on, to worry about those of others.
     -- Bryan Morton, Stuart, Florida     
    I think it was Dickens who said that missionaries always leave a country worse than they found it. Probably a slight over statement.
     -- jim k, austin     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
     -- Dick, Fort Worth      
    Well said Jim!!
     -- RKA, Wasilla, AK     
    I don't know what Mike is smoking again because many commentators world wide see America as one of the most religous countries in the world.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
     -- E Archer, NYC      
    Though I am an atheist I would fight for your freedom to practice your religion
     -- RBESRQ     
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