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October 13, 1999
Re "Religion on the Stump," editorial, Oct. 9: We forget that moral law cannot be separated from statute law. Without a moral code providing the foundation for rightly dividing right from wrong, statutory law does not make sense for everybody. A review of our nation's history shows that our founding fathers were trying to ensure the right to honor God's laws in our schools and government, not eliminate God from our lives. PAMELA PRATT Orange
July 11, 1996
Huntington Beach has an interesting way to celebrate America's Independence Day: suspend the Constitution. The very idea of sending police onto people's private property and arresting them for drinking beer (July 6) is outrageous and an insult to our Founding Fathers. What's next, going into people's houses and looking inside refrigerators? I hope the town goes bankrupt defending itself from illegal arrest lawsuits. DAVID A. LATHRAP San Diego
April 18, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - This spring marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times vs. Sullivan, its most important pronouncement on the freedom of the press, but the ruling has not won the acceptance of Justice Antonin Scalia. “It was wrong,” he said Thursday evening at the National Press Club in a joint appearance with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I think the Framers would have been appalled. … It was revising the Constitution.” The 9-0 ruling handed down in March 1964 threw out a libel suit brought by police commissioner L.B. Sullivan from Montgomery, Ala. He claimed he had been defamed by a paid ad in the New York Times, even though it did not mention him by name.
August 26, 1988
A state where only the police (and military) have guns is a police state. The same specious version of the Second Amendment presented in the editorial was taught to me in Minneapolis public schools. But when I studied American history at the University of Minnesota, specializing in the revolutionary period, I learned that what James Madison, Richard Henry Lee and the other Founding Fathers meant by militia cannot be substituted for by the regular armed forces or the national guard.
November 15, 2004
Re "Evangelicals Want Faith Rewarded," Nov. 12: If you ever wanted proof of the wisdom of the concept of the separation of church and state, you only need to read the pronouncements coming from the religious right after the Nov. 2 election. As religious as our founding fathers were, they showed exceptional wisdom in recognizing the potentially destructive power of personal religious beliefs unleashed as political power. As we live in a world being threatened by religious extremists, we can only hope that we don't become one of them.
April 5, 2002
Re "Mighty Military Machines Offer Little Protection," Commentary, March 29: Wow! The commentary offered by Avigdor Haselkorn on the role of an armed populace as the best defense against terrorism blew me away. Before today I would never have expected to see these words in The Times: "How ironic that the American cowboy image could become the best deterrent against terrorism yet." Thanks, you made my day. This is exactly what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the 2nd Amendment.
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