Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
In her letter to the Manteca Bulletin, Amy Sullivan stated “it is a fact” that the ACLU is trying to make the United States “a godless society”. I have found no evidence to support Sullivan’s “fact”.
I have, however found case after case where the ACLU fought for a citizen’s right to worship, or not, as they choose. Let me cite just a few from 2015.
1. In Hawaii they secured a man’s right to hand out religious literature on a public sidewalk.
2. In Nebraska they supported a man’s right to hand out the gospel according to Jesus Christ outside an arena.
3. In Michigan they backed Christian Evangelists’ right to protest at a street festival. I could go on and on citing many more cases throughout the years and I am not even a fan of the ACLU, just someone who believes in fairness and facts.
As for Sullivan’s statement that she “would have a hard time” finding any member of the ACLU who is a Christian, I have but one question: Have you researched or even looked? I think she might be surprised to find that many of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams to name just a few, were not Christians but Deists and Freethinkers and did not believe the bible was true. The United States was not founded by Christians for Christians. Ms. Sullivan may do some “fact” checking on these statements if she wishes.
She also rebuked the Manteca Bulletin for publishing Larry Baca’s letter. Perhaps she should read the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
I would like to thank the Manteca Bulletin for honoring the First Amendment.