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Reader trusts Jefferson

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Mr. (Willard F.) Schmehl, you’re right about your question No. 3 (Reader Input, Oct. 4). Nobody has the authority to censor religious practice or speech The First Amendment says the following: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” The Establishment Clause prohibits the federal, state or municipal establishment of a religion or other preference for one religion over another, non-religion over religion, or religion over non-religion. Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States so I tend to trust what he said about “separations of church and state.” Those exact words are not in the First Amendment but since he wrote it I think his explanation is pretty good. Roger Perkins, Auburn