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We’re a nation of believers

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There is such a conflict going on regarding different candidates acknowledging that they are Christians. I believe that the First Amendment of our Constitution is very clear regarding our being able to express our faith publicly … whether as a private citizen or being in politics. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” How much we need to get back to reading our Constitution, and be reminded of all the good that it has for us to follow. There has been no backlash when President Obama has declared that he is a Christian. Clearly being a Christian is being a follower of Jesus Christ … is that what he stands for? “For from the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45) When Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, etc. have expressed this same belief, “From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (I repeat this because it applies to everyone involved), there is a backlash. Why? Being a Christian is being a follower of Jesus Christ … who has been our perfect example, both spiritually and in our material values. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are all endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, etc.” I truly would encourage you to read the Declaration of Independence. It is such good reading, and educational. The founding of our country was begun by wise men that expressed their faith in God and lived accordingly. May we continue to be strong in our foundation! God bless America, and each one of us! ELLY DERR, Auburn