Saturday, May 30, 2009

Letter From Senator McCaskill

Wow, looks like she actually read my e-mail.  I wrote Senator McCaskill (along with Senator Bond and Congressman Lacy--who sent me a form letter) about the lack of constitutionality in HR888, which seeks to establish the first week of May as American Religious History Week.  Her response is reproduced below.

Dear Mr. Pankau:

Thank you for contacting me regarding religious freedom in the United States of America. I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the chance to respond.

Our nation’s founding fathers had the remarkable sensibility and foresight to protect religious freedom for all Americans. The opening words of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution declare that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Thomas Jefferson maintained that this clause would ensure religious liberty by establishing a “wall of separation between church and state.” As your Senator and a Christian, I will remain committed to upholding every American’s right to freely practice and express their faith as they so choose.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future regarding other matters of interest or concern to you.

All best,
Senator Claire McCaskill


Well, it's not what I expected.  I like that someone whose religious views are diametrically opposed to mine can arrive at the same conclusion for roughly the same reasons, and while this does feel a bit form-letterish (and yes, I'm familiar with Jefforson's wall-of-separation--that's why I wrote you in the first place), she's no doubt a busy lady.  And "committed to upholding every American's right" etc etc etc is much more comforting than "committed to upholding the tradition" etc etc etc would be.

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4 comments:

Ben said...

Didn't the HR888 help Revan conquer the galaxy?

Evan said...

Yeah, now...where does she actually stand on the resolution?

Kurt said...

@Evan

Yeah, well, there's that.

The0 said...

@Ben

That was HK-47. HR888 was his slutty sister.

@Kurt

Looks like you'll have to make a post about the history of your religion, Kurt.