Exploring American religious freedoms

Published 12:06am Thursday, August 8, 2013

This letter is in response to the editorial in The Natchez Democrat titled, “Display of public faith highlighted by Wallenda,” and the assertion that public faith is under attack.

Religion is alive and well in America.

It is one of the most religious of the developed and industrialized nations and the most religiously diverse.

No one is denied the right to profess religious beliefs whether it is Nik Wallenda waling a wire across the Grand Canyon or Tim Tebow, who expresses his in a very public (but non-governmental) arena of thousands.

But in America, religion is not a function of government institutions or agencies. It is solely a personal and private matter, the province of the individual, the family, the home, the church, the religious denomination school, the private school if elected and not publicly funded.

That should satisfy everyone except those who think that they have a mandate to impose religious beliefs on others in an official government setting or capacity.


George M. Marshall

Natchez resident