Attorney Linda Hamel is correct, God does not appear in the U.S. Constitution (Reader Input, April 23), but neither does religious censorship as practiced in America today.
The founders did not want abuse of religion by government, or abuse of government by religion. That is why they wrote the First Amendment.
If we examine the First Amendment, word by word, you can readily see that the founders intended the people to have freedom of religion, and freedom of speech, anywhere! The First Amendment does not exclude government property from those rights.
Freedom requires tolerance. Your rights end where mine begin, but the anti-religion faction is intolerant and claims injury and demands censorship. Censorship of religious speech violates the First Amendment rights of people of faith.
The First Amendment defined says:
Congress (the supreme legislative body of a nation and especially of a republic) shall (used in laws, regulations, or directives to express what is mandatory) make (to cause to exist, occur, or appear) no (not any) law (a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority) respecting (a relation to or concern with something, usually specified) establishment of (to institute as a law permanently by enactment or agreement) religion, (the service and worship of God or the supernatural) or prohibiting (to forbid by authority) the free (enjoying civil and political liberty) exercise thereof; (the act of bringing into play or realizing in action: use) or abridging (deprive, diminish, curtail) the freedom (liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another) of speech (the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words).
Willard F. Schmehl, Cool