Constitutional

August 30, 2009 

The Aug. 22 letter "Hypocritical push" portrayed the concept of "separation of church and state" as coming from the "liberal left." It actually comes from the Constitution's Bill of Rights as a safeguard against the government's imposing its will upon our religious freedoms.

Under the Constitution, the treatment of religion by the government is broken into two clauses: the establishment clause and the free exercise clause. While both are discussed in the context of the separation of church and state, it is more often discussed in regard to whether certain state actions would amount to an impermissible government establishment of religion.

I do, however, agree with the writer when she states that she does not want "federal government to interfere in a deeply personal area of our lives." This is exactly the rationale behind the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

Helene Daniels, Raleigh

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