Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Not a secular nation

EDITOR:

I’d like to reply to Ms. Medley’s letter “A Secular Nation.”

Dear Ms. Medley,

After reading your letter in the Mountain Democrat, I went online and checked out the percentage of Christians in America, according to Wikipedia at wikipedia.org. In 2012 73 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christian. According to Gallup at gallup.com, 77 percent identified themselves as Christians in 2012. According to the Washington Times at washingtontimes.com, 78 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christians in 2011.

I wonder what would make you think we are a secular nation?

Additionally, according to the Washington Times, Christians make up roughly one-third of the world’s population, or 2.2 billion.

KATIE MEYER
Diamond Springs

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Discussion | 49 comments

  • Bob HendricksDecember 09, 2013 - 4:42 pm

    umm, the Constitution?

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  • CharleneDecember 09, 2013 - 5:04 pm

    What makes us a secular nation is the Constitution of the United States of America.

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  • EvelynDecember 09, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    Katie Meyer: Though individuals practice a variety of religions -- predominantly Christian -- there is not an established STATE religion. In theory, all Americans are treated equally regardless of religion.

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  • cookie65December 13, 2013 - 7:25 am

    Evelyn, this story made me think of you. http://capitolcityproject.com/watchdog-lawmakers-oversee-government-surveillance-programs-receive-millions-intelligence-companies/

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  • EvelynDecember 13, 2013 - 8:24 am

    Cookie: Yep. ********** I'll trade you one meritorious story for one less so. HERE (The Queen went nuts over her cashews, almond & Bombay mix. Tough!)

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 7:04 am

    Evelyn, it is good to be Queen. I have another one for you. Perhaps the best written explanation of what we are witnessing I have seen in a while. The only thing the author leaves out is the usefulness of the ignorant masses. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/a_government_separated_from_the_people_cannot_stand.html

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  • cookie65December 13, 2013 - 5:44 am

    Confusion reigns. sec·u·lar /ˈsekyələr/ adjective adjective: secular 1. denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.---- 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. --- You don't ever want to live in a country that has a government sponsored/mandated religion. Look at how the government mandated religion of leftism has shredded this country and eviscerated the prosperity it created prior to being forced to live under the doctrines of leftism. Even self professed Christians have lost their bearings on the meaning of FREE WILL.

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  • BrianDecember 13, 2013 - 9:55 am

    "Look at how the government mandated religion of leftism has shredded this country and eviscerated the prosperity it created prior to being forced to live under the doctrines of leftism. " You are a nutter. Did you write that yourself? If so, you get points for rhetorical flair. But I suspect you picked up most of that verbiage from your echo chamber. You seem to have a lot to say and personally I resent your attempts at dominating these comment boards with your loose-brained regurgitations. But go ahead and keep scoring our national divide with your hyperbolic outrage. Eventually we'll break in two and you can pat yourself on the back for all your hard work.

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 5:45 am

    Detroit.

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 8:52 am

    Benjamin Franklin is given credit for a problem solving technique known as a balance sheet, the Benjamin Franklin Balance Sheet. It is a pro and con chart. Maybe he came up with it maybe he didn't. The idea is to separate a piece of paper in half, 2 vertical columns. On one half you list the pros and on the other half you list the cons. Title one half "capitalism" and the other half "leftism" and list what each one creates, produces, provides, accomplishes, improves, sustains or any other positive prosperity oriented adjective. If you can name something/anything to put in the column under "leftism" you will find if you possess any intellectual honesty that it is fully dependent on the things listed under "capitalism". The point being capitalism without leftism flourishes, expands, provides, prospers, lifts, spreads, creates, improves and most of all, defeats poverty. Leftism on the other hand, without capitalism, shrivels up like a raisin grape in the sun and dies. It cannot even exist without the things provided by capitalism.

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 9:13 am

    Put this under the column titled leftism. http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/12/13/nun-taken-to-hospital-after-assault-in-aliquippa/#comments

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Add this as well to the created by leftism column. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/12/13/13-year-old-arrested-after-oakland-carjacking-chase/

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  • cookie65December 13, 2013 - 6:55 am

    Life under the mandated religion of leftism. A two class outcome. The insanely wealthy and the depressingly poor. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/12/new-york-high-rise-boom/4005289/

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  • R SmithDecember 13, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Nothing but anguish is the result when an earthly kingdom is intermingled with a heavenly kingdom. The merging of both degrades each. You are in the earth, but you are not of the earth.

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  • EllisDecember 13, 2013 - 11:07 am

    Thank you Brian - Cookie hasn't written a new or thoughtful post in years. He/She has become a total bore. BTW,Cookie rails at government so bitterly and personally that it seems he/she must have really been severely abused by said government. Does anyone know what trauma Cookie has personally suffered at the hands of the "leftist" government he/she hates with such vehemence? Does Cookie enjoy such socialistic benefits as Medicare and Social Security? One must assume that he/she has sent back every dime of those commie programs to which he/she might be entitled.

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  • PatriceDecember 13, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    Ellis, he gets paid for blogging. It is a sad living. I think he grew up having the garbage he spews rammed down his throat and sadly, it is probably generational. Be wise, don't read any of the cookie no name posts. I sure do not anymore, nor do several others.

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 6:32 am

    Rent-free

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  • PvillejackDecember 13, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    Well said Ellis!

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 5:49 am

    "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." -- George Washington

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  • rodDecember 13, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Nobody ever gets the 'last word'. Thank Gawd there are people like Cookie who not only understand leftism, but are willing to say it as often as possible. We are now living under POLITICAL FRAUD. doesn't that register?

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 6:29 am

    No it doesn't register with them. They have been trained to believe government is incapable of harming them. In fact the sole function of government in their view is to improve their lives and regulate every facet of it so they can share equal outcomes regardless of effort. Utopia is but one more government agency, one more law, one more regulation away. They will never get it through their coconut husk skulls that liberty and freedom are the most valuable commodity humans will ever experience and how fortunate and lucky they are to have been citizens of this country and not some 3rd world leftist utopia. There are 6 billion people on this planet who would give all their worldly possessions to trade places with them for the chance to live in freedom and prosperity and they are too freeeekin stupid to see what they are sacrificing for some phony make believe sense of bread crumb security which is nothing more than self-imposed slavery. They are a disgrace to those who fought, sacrificed, suffered and defeated tyranny so they could live free and the reason some impoverished, starving, malnourished 8 year old on the other side of the planet thinks freedom is wasted on Americans. They take for granted in their daily lives things that 99% of every soul to ever live couldn't have dreamed of and they have zero appreciation for it. It reminds me of the defense offered for the kid who just got off in Texas because he was a victim of "affluenza", the evolution of victimization. They have enjoyed the spoils and wealth created by this country and have not the slightest clue how it took place.

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  • rodDecember 13, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    We are a NATION of people, some 75% of which are Christian. Therefore we cannot be a secular nation. The Constitution keeps religion separate from government, not the people.

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  • GeraldDecember 13, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    Wow! Some of these comments are so insane they are border line frightening.

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 7:38 am

    That is what the 60+% of those opposed to the Revolutionary war said. "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." -- Samuel Adams

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  • ZippoDecember 15, 2013 - 2:11 am

    Too bad you're only equipped with a wet match and a green twig..

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  • rodDecember 14, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Be afraid Gerald, be very afraid. You obamba sock puppet intellectuals will witness a new day in the 2014 midterms. You will get to see first hand how a lying commie fraud gets impeached by real Americans, maybe it will register then.

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  • PatriceDecember 14, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    You can wake up now.

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  • The FlyDecember 15, 2013 - 2:30 am

    Rod or should I say Tool? "be very afraid" Wow. A quote from a movie's poster boards? That should bolster your credibility.. Can you say paranoia? What we need to fear is the unhinged like you and your freak cousin Kookie.

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  • jon schroderDecember 13, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    Welcome to America Gerald, pretty pathetic isn`t it?

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  • Phil_VeerkampDecember 13, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    jon Schroder . . . pretty pathetic isn`t it? ~~~ I wonder if we'll ever catch up to China ~~~ LINK - China to stop harvesting organs from executed prisoners

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  • cookie65December 14, 2013 - 7:58 am

    What exactly is pathetic? There is no doubt that some on here find the defense of freedom and liberty as pathetic. They aren't even bright enough to realize they are only able to voice their disdain for freedom and liberty because of freedom and liberty. They take stupidity to a whole new level. It was a total waste to provide them with their own brain since all their thinking comes from a collective conscience. Given the opportunity to evolve an independent thought or perspective they will, by behavioral training forfeit to the collective/groupthink. If that is what you find pathetic, then pathetic is a colossal understatement.

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  • jon schroderDecember 13, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    the u.s. passed china a long time ago, Colorado passed the u.s. today

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  • cookie65December 15, 2013 - 7:29 am

    http://musicadventures.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/good-news-in-a-scale/

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  • EvelynDecember 15, 2013 - 7:37 am

    Nice one, cookie.

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  • cookie65December 15, 2013 - 8:41 am

    Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday. Which one would you most anticipate? Would you get double the presents?

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  • EvelynDecember 15, 2013 - 9:02 am

    What an amazing memory you have. About those "double presents", the answer is "sorta". Always a cake & one BD present on the day, with the official celebration (while still a child) on June 25th.

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  • cookie65December 15, 2013 - 9:18 am

    http://www.ijreview.com/2013/12/101883-surprise-military-homecomings-christmas-will-make-smile/

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  • cookie65December 15, 2013 - 9:36 am

    More bad news for the left's global warming religion. http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/13/study-earth-was-warmer-in-roman-medieval-times/

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  • cookie65December 15, 2013 - 9:48 am

    The comments to the above posted link are hilarious and should be read by all the brain dead lemmings so you will understand just how much you are laughed AT.

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  • Oh BrotherDecember 15, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Even if a person wanted to agree with you they wouldn't just because you are so demeaning to others....all that name calling and put downs...you must have a very boring, sad life. I actually feel sorry for you...

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  • cookie65December 16, 2013 - 6:04 am

    I am not interested in you "agreeing" with me. I am interested in you learning how to think for yourself. Pointing out that you don't think for yourself is necessary in that endeavor. Years of dealing with leftists on various topics has taught me you won't realize it with out being showed repeatedly how intellectually lazy you are. It may seem harsh to you but that is only because of just how ignorant you are.

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  • Oh BrotherDecember 16, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Cookie, you are the epitome of stupid.

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  • Stephen ColbertDecember 15, 2013 - 5:05 pm

    Yeah, and nobody ever laughs at the Tea Party

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  • PatriceDecember 15, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    Delusional little chippy. Your vitriol has intensified and gotten more moronic. Think the problem is that the war on the extremist has begun by the Republicans. Maybe you are feeling the pressure.

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  • cookie65December 16, 2013 - 6:13 am

    I mention brain dead lemmings and you raise your hand. Maybe you are feeling the pressure.

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  • Phil_VeerkampDecember 15, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Cookie, LINK - it's God's will

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  • cookie65December 16, 2013 - 5:58 am

    That one is a keeper Phil. LOL!!!

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  • Phil_VeerkampDecember 16, 2013 - 6:40 am

    LINK - Good Morning, EDC! (and Cookie)

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  • Santa's ClawsDecember 16, 2013 - 6:47 am

    Ho Ho Ho

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