Response to ‘North Carolina’s Christian heritage’
To the Editor:
E.A. Timm’s little history lesson is shallow and intentionally deceptive. That same state constitution of 1776, with its Protestant litmus test, also prohibited a “clergyman, or preacher of the gospel, of any denomination” from serving in the legislature or council of state. That was to protect religious freedom and to help prevent the establishment of an official state church. The 1776 constitution also prohibited the use of state funds for religious buildings or for subsidies to ministries. The intent of the 1776 constitution, though it respected Protestantism, was to keep government out of religion and religion out of government. For example, John Culpepper of Anson County was expelled from the state House of Commons on Dec. 19, 1801, because he was continuing to preach while in office.
So why, 250 years later, is E.A. Timm twisting North Carolina history and arguing for rolling back the clock? Why does he want to make North Carolina a theocracy and throw reason under the bus? We already tried that, and it was called the Dark Ages. The authors of the 1776 state constitution well understood the importance of keeping religion out of government.
You can see clearly here the kind of government the Tea Partiers would like to have, with their odd coalition of fundamentalists and billionaires. Corporations and billionaires would run the real government, while religionists would tell the rest of us how to live. No thanks.
Sandy Ridge, N.C.
Thanks for donations to animal shelter fund
I would like to take this moment to hope all had a great Thanksgiving and that we all helped at least 1 other person have the same. I wrote this letter to thank all the wonderful citizens of Stokes county that have responded to the letter I sent in reference to the needs at the Animal Shelter. I was humbled by the outpouring of communications and donations. In these hard economic times it awes me that there are so many people willing to help our 4 legged friends. Please know that there is a special place for you in heaven for your generosity and help. If you would like to donate to the Shelter Building Fund, please contact me at: 591-8250, Animal Hospital of Walnut Cove. Our goal is $450,000. The Shelter Advisory Board Thanks everyone and we are continuing in our efforts to be able to build a shelter that our county can be proud of. We still need volunteers so call us.
Thank you one and all,
Chairman of the Stokes County Animal Shelter Advisory Board
Thanks for attending Thanksgiving service
Rosebud Christian Church was honored to be the host for the annual Community Thanksgiving Service this year. Rosebud Christian Church would like to thank all the other local churches and citizens for their support of this service. Over 192 people attended, resulting in a collection of $1,470 for East Stokes Outreach Ministry. This was the largest number of people to ever attend a service at Rosebud Christian Church. Again, Rosebud thanks all who came to worship with us.
Rosebud Christian Church
Walnut Cove, N.C.