Cumberland Times-News

April 4, 2013

America does not base its laws on what’s in the Bible

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— This is in response to the letter written by Leon Dillman, “Most of America’s laws truly are based upon morality” (April 2).

Let me quote you, "If you can’t figure out the difference between right and wrong, we have a book that will help. It's called the Bible."

I agree with that statement to a point. There are many who go to the Bible when they need guidance.

However, the United States of America does not make their laws from this book.

They base their laws of this land on Liberty and Justice for all.

When the pledge of allegiance was written in 1892, it stated, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Not until 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, did President Eisenhower encourage Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today.

You state that what is right and what is wrong do not change with time. With time the pledge changed, but I'm sure in your eyes this is OK, and in some it is not.

So yes, as time changes so does our laws and so do people. I will leave you with this:

AMENDMENT I

“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.”

Heather Ware

Short Gap, W.Va.