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To those whose letters were published in the Post Independent on Jan. 26, stating that America was founded on Christian principles, that our founding fathers were God-fearing Christians and not deists, all I can say is you are incorrect.

America was founded on anti-Christian principles. That’s right.

Paul wrote in Romans 13:1 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resist authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” In other words, any thought of revolt is a sin, and sinners will be punished.



When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” he clashed with 2,000 years of theology that believed that the king was put there by God. It was an absolutely radical idea that shocked the world.

Few, if any, of our founding fathers were conservative Christians. The big four – Jefferson, Washington, Franklin and Adams – all detested religion.



Adams said, “Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1,500 years?”

Jefferson said, “Christianity neither is nor ever was, a part of the Common Law.”

Washington wrote and Adams signed into law the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, “as the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” Only the most rudimentary study could conclude that we are a Christian nation.

This is America and we have the 1st Amendment, so if anyone wants to participate in irrational behavior and pretend that that it brings them closer to the magical, judgmental cloud dwellers, that is your right. But do it on your time. Don’t waste mine.

I was thinking of sacrificing a chicken and having a voodoo prayer ceremony at the next county commissioners’ meeting. Would that be allowed? Would Christians tolerate that?

Dan Bokenko

Glenwood Springs

“We believe a job should keep people out of poverty, not in it,” wrote the Rev. Ken Brooker-Langston.

The living wage movement has been described as the most interesting and underreported grassroots enterprise to emerge since the Civil Rights movement.

Together, all across America, labor and religious leaders are joining hands and asking for changes in the law.

People for a Living Wage, a group of Aspen Skiing Co. employees, has pointed out that some of SkiCo’s jobs pay less than $10 an hour. Our owners, the Crown family of Chicago, in theory believe in the concept of a living wage.

The payment of poverty level wages is true of Vail Associates, and VA is far larger than SkiCo; consequently VA’s injustices affect far more employees. We may disagree on some things, but I doubt anyone would defend $9 an hour as a living wage.

The community pressure may not result in VA and SkiCo being fair to all their workers. If VA and SkiCo will not, we as ski communities should join with our respective city councils and county commissioners to move the ball forward with a living wage ordinance.

Lee Mulcahy

Aspen


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