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The United States:  Founded on Christianity - Forget All Others!

Reported by Nancy - June 29, 2005 -

Yesterday (6/28) on Dayside, Linda Vester discussed the Supreme Court's ruling on allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed on government property. She hosted two Fox Political Analysts, Ellis Henican and Rich Lowery, and conducted a debate that even I can classify as "Fair and Balanced" (gasp!). During the conversation, however, Vester attempted to shut down the argument Henican gave when he made a valid point she did not wish her audience to hear.

EH: "Here's a test, do you want a simple test? Ask yourself, would you mind it if it was somebody else's religion? If they put a symbol or document from Islam or from Buddhism, would that offend you?"
 
LV: "Yeah, except this nation wasn't founded on Islam."
 
Comments: While Vester is right, this country was not founded on Islamic principles, her comment shows a complete disregard for other religions, and makes a case as to why it is wrong to display the Ten Commandments. By outright choosing to ignore other religion's point of view when it comes to laws or the judicial system, in favor of what we were "founded on", there in effect, becomes an establishment of religion. In a country that is based on diversity and freedom, should these other religions not be allowed to display their own rule of law? When the United States was founded, there were virtually no other religions represented, most adhering to some form of Christianity. The founders did not display documents from other religions, because the number of participating in other religions within the United States during that period was practically zero. To display a Christian document at that time was nothing earth-shattering, because almost every American believed in some form of Christianity, many even following the commandment to observe the Sabbath. Now that our country has become such a great melting pot, would our founding fathers, those that truly valued diversity, not wish to afford each religion that is represented the right to display their own documents, rather than those of one religion?
 
Vester broke in on Henican's statement with her comment, and the segment concluded there.

Reported by Janie