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Letters to the editor – Saturday – 4-29-17

First Amendment has many parts

I applaud Carol Cauble’s use of her First Amendment right to freedom of speech to attack liberals like me (“Serving Satan,” Letter to the Editor, April 27). But she seems to have forgotten the other parts of the First Amendment.

While Cauble prays that we “will remember our nation still rules as ‘one nation under God’ with justice and freedom for all,” she seems to have forgotten the first part of the First Amendment: Thomas Jefferson described the First in a letter to the Danbury Baptists back in 1802 as “building a wall of separation between church and state.” When this country was founded, we had Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists living here. Jefferson himself campaigned for recognition of the religious rights of not only Christians and Jews but of Pagans, Muslims and the irreligious as well. The absence of a wall between church and state is something the countries Cauble describes that our enemies (ISIS, North Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia) already have.She also seems to have forgotten “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” is protected as well. President Trump may have won the election, but it should be surprising to no one that he faces protests and opposition considering he lost the popular vote.

Carol Cauble would do well to consider how the constitutional principles of freedom of religion, protest and speech are all vital parts of our country. They’re literally guaranteed in the same sentence.

Scott Neidich

Durham

Why bash Trump?

I want to know why the Salisbury Post is always bashing President Trump. The opinion page most always bashes Trump.
No wonder voters loathe politicians. I do not recall ever seeing you or the Post bashing President Obama. Nor did you bash Hillary (Clinton) while she was running. What is with the new, far-left Post, somewhat like The New York Times?
As a nation, we need to pull together, not like everyone fussing about President Trump’s tax returns.

One thing you and your staff need to know, God moved in to get Trump elected — not any such thing as hacking from anyone outside of the USA.

Some things you could do is push for marriage is between one woman and one man. You guys or so blind. No one is born gay.

One thing you could do is stand up for Salisbury, with Post support, not to have a Gay Pride Day. Salisbury is too nice of a town to bow on such things. Protecting our youth is far more important than transgender so-called rights.

Derwood Puckett

Salisbury

Editor’s reply: The Post has not changed. Perhaps when we published cartoons and columns critical of President Obama and Secretary Clinton, you did not notice because you agreed with them.

Clarification

The George Benson who wrote a letter published in Thursday’s Post and was mentioned in the Talkback comments Friday is not George Sidney Benson of Airport Road.

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