Letters to the Editor

'Any book he chooses'

In response to Lori Nakaguchi and Richard Aaron (letters Dec. 6), I must say that it is sad that these super citizens and super Christians seem to know little about that which they espouse.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... ."

The United States is not, much to the dismay of the religious right, a "Christian" nation, although it is a nation with a decidedly Christian majority.

Based upon this, Rep. Keith Ellison has every right to take his oath of office upon any book he chooses. This is not, in any way, refusing to "follow a tradition," since he is the first Muslim to be elected to Congress.

As for the claim that the Quran "denies equal rights to women and non-Muslims," I might suggest that Ms. Nakaguchi take a look at the Old Testament of the Bible, as well as the current doctrine of the Southern Baptist Church.

Russ Barker

Fresno

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