Jules Witcover unwittingly gave us a good run down of the problem inherent in the Democrat party in his: what it will take to “To beat Trump” opinion (FNP — Sept 5). Principles don’t matter, “electability” is all that matters.

He proceeds to make the indefensible assertion that Trump is “running roughshod” over a host of our nation’s most honored commitments. I would address all that he mentioned but given limited space allow me to test his assertion concerning “religious freedom”.

The “secular humanist” mentality has infiltrated our culture via the Democrat party and its allies (the media, academia and Hollywood). As such, it is anything but an advocate for “religious freedom”. It is clearly about deconstructing (transforming) the Constitution and the Judeo/Christian moral values that are inherent in its development. It would, as Obama attempted to do during his administration, reduce “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship”. This was further evident in his healthcare initiative that mandated provisions contrary to religious convictions.

Witcover claims Trump has injected a poison into the American political bloodstream. I prefer to think of Trump’s injection as an antidote to the ideological poison already infecting our political system – the desire to turn our nation under God into a nation under man. Trump is a sinner, but so are we all. I prefer to live in a nation under God.

James A. Devereaux


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The writer concludes his letter stating, "Trump is a sinner, but so are we all." No, Trump is more than a sinner because that label suggests he has a moral code. He does not. He has commitments to self promotion and revenge. He is the personification of evil. The writer's religious beliefs are well known, having been a frequent contributor to the Post. His support of Trump based on religion is indicative of just how to twist religion to support the most immoral/amoral president we have ever had.


Seek help clearview. Your stage 5 TDS is showing.


“Trump supporter” and “Religious Freedom” are an Oxymoron. Godliness and Trumpliness are mutually exclusive.

Boyce Rensberger

You can usually spot a letter from an ignorant follower of Fox News by the misspelled name of America's most populous political party. It's the Democratic Party.

Maybe this writer is a Republic.


I need to thank you for correcting my ignorance. It is the "Democratic Party" that has lost its moral compass in its political correctness.

Boyce Rensberger

And you think you know what the party's moral compass should be? That's rich.

The Democratic Party gave us Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the 40-hour work week, child labor laws, the first anti-trust laws, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and the Affordable Care Act, just to name some off the top of my head. Oh, and pore ol' Jimmy Carter gave us FEMA, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, and, of course, the Camp David accords, which have kept the peace between Egypt and Israel ever since.

Those things show the moral compass of the Democratic Party.


Thanks again. It’s previous successes simply maginify the extent to which it has lost its moral compass, I remember them well and was a proud Democrat for most of those years.

Boyce Rensberger

jim123: I'd like to know what evidence you have that the party has lost its moral compass.


Jim, I’d be interested in your reaction to the National Catholic Reporter column I linked to below.


What a fresh look at the politics of the day! Trump provides an antidote????? This is another joke letter, right??? (The FNP MUST SIMPLY STOP!!! publishing these "joke letters", or I'm stopping my subscription! ) Let's hope when Jim arrives back here on Planet Earth with the long suffering majority of citizens in this country.......the 'ole rabbit ears tuner on the top of his TV will bring in a station other than Fox State News).


Great LTE! I could not agree more.


Speaking of freedom of religion, I just watched a video (link below) of a religious group having an ice cream social in a public park being accosted by a man who said he lived across the street. Terrible. He says they have no right to be in the park or even in the town (Belle Plaine, MN). The man uses the ef word a lot so definitely NSFW. You can watch the video here.


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...wow...you must have taken some lessons...you surpassed five syllables in your reply. Moving up in the world...


Why not curb your god and do what your book says in Matthew 6:5:6 and pray in your own domicile rather than try to evangelize here? Really..do we need a 2000+ year old myth to keep people back further than it's already done? No. We don't need that buffoon in the oval office either.


The original version of the Pledge of Allegiance did not include the words “under God.” Congress added “Under God” to the Pledge in 1954 – during the Cold War. Many members of Congress reportedly wanted to emphasize the distinctions between the United States and the officially atheistic Soviet Union. The additional words have been continuously challenged ever since, based on it violates the prohibition on the establishment of a national religion in the First Amendment.


Red Skelton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJNL_rhGDq4

Boyce Rensberger

The addition of those two words was the result of a long campaign starting in the 40s by the National Association of Manufacturers, several corporate titans and a couple of religion leaders. Billy Graham would eventually become one of those. It began as a reaction to the official atheism of the Soviet Union, which many feared would overtake the U.S. and threaten corporate interests.

There is an excellent history of this and the related campaign to put "In God We Trust" on our money. It's "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America" by Kevin Kruse, a Princeton historian.


Pope Jim does it again. You can have any religion, as long as it is Christian and you must have a religion. God help us all!


"some people think trump is bad, but i think he's good actually"

there, now you don't have to read this letter. that's essentially all it says


It also says he doesn't care what Trump dose, no matter how immoral Trump is, as long as he is a Christian.


Religion has been the lame excuse of many tin pots.


"I prefer to think..." Yes. You are choosing Trump, someone who puts his personal benefit in everything before anything else. Glad you are aware.

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The National Catholic Reporter does an excellent job of dismantling the myth that the Obama administration tried to replace “freedom of religion” with “freedom to worship”. I recommend the LTE author read it with an open mind.


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