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Letter: Disagrees with writer

Dear Editor,

I would like to point out to Steve Nichols that "separation of church and state" is not in the First Amendment to the Constitution. That phrase was actually only used in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Church.

The First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

It seems society today misconstrues this to mean that any government institution cannot have anything whatsoever to do with religion (namely Christian beliefs). Just as you have a problem with people forcing their religions views on you, I have a problem with people trying to limit my freedom to exercise my views.

All over the country, Christians have been stopped from freely exercising these rights -- reading the Bible in school, singing Christian songs, wearing Christian apparel, etc. I am a taxpayer as well and expect the entire First Amendment to be upheld, not just someone's loose interpretation of the first 10 words saying the two must be kept separate and independent of each other.