Keep church and state separate

America is not a Christian nation. Don't take my word for it, take John Adams: “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”

Let's say we (the people) decide we want to be a Christian nation. Which denomination of Christianity will we choose? Catholic? Lutheran? Anglican? Episcopal? Presbyterian? Adventist? Pentecostal? Whose religion will be THE religion?

If we are to be a Catholic nation there would be a lot of Lutherans who may disagree with it. If we are to be a Baptist nation there may be a lot of mainline faiths against it. Clearly, agnostics and atheists would be against any form, as they are now.

This is the essence of the separation of church and state and why the First Amendment was written: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Our Founding Fathers understood that religion, as a political topic, is divisive. Christianity is divided into major factions, and not even the major denominations can agree on their interpretations of the Bible. We need to stop trying to infuse religion in government. Keep them separate, as the Founding Fathers intended.

David Hubbard

Rapid City

Leaders shouldn't deny science

I found it somewhat ironic that our South Dakota congressional delegation was all front and center for the ground breaking on the DUNE project at the Sanford Lab in Lead. They lauded scientific research, and Thune even said the project will "allow South Dakota to play a role in the science of tomorrow."

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So far, this administration seems to have declared war on science. Gov. Daugaard praised the U.S. Department of Energy for stepping up to keep the idea of the facility alive.

Interesting, that's the same Energy Department now headed by Rick Perry, who campaigned on wanting to abolish the agency, the same Energy Department that has been virtually gutted by the administration our congressional delegation praises.

Irony, or hypocrisy?

Dennyce Korb

Rapid City

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