Cumberland Times-News


May 22, 2014

Covenant doesn’t include right to impose beliefs on others

The process that diversified humans from earlier families of primates established the evolutionary presence of three chimpanzee species in the African Congo.

These three cousin chimpanzees shared the remarkably close DNA that encoded our mutual development and functioning as living species.

Two of the chimpanzees remain in the Congo to this day. The third chimpanzee migrated to and occupied most other areas around our planet.

Anytime I read Times-News letters about the intent of the“hand of Providence” (Here’s how we ensure prosperity for our nation, May 15), my less than heavenly view is that there is
some misinterpretation about the relationship between Christianity and American secular lifestyle and governance.

Understanding the “intent of the founding fathers” is not something easily navigated by many Americans. But it shouldn’t be that difficult for us modern descendents of the Congolese Genesis to understand that whatever the covenant may, or may not exist as “between Man & his God,” it cannot be the business of believers to impose their beliefs on others.

Therefore, there can never be a higher ground that stands between the “whole American people” who have come to expect and enjoy the freedom of a pluralistic society in this greatest nation on Earth, independent and apart from any ordained notion that our focus must be “God and prayer, that His will be done, not the will of man.”

It is the American story and intent of all women and men to secure for themselves the
inalienable right to exercise freedom from religion when religion stands upon doublespeak to hide their true purpose of imposing a theocracy upon us all.

David Crockett Cumberland

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