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ACLU accusations are unfounded

To the Editor:

There has been a deluge of political editorials, both local and national, including in the Kingman Daily Miner, attacking the American Civil Liberties Union and its purported anti-Christmas agenda.

If you Google "ACLU Christmas," you will also get page after page of posts on the Internet from right-wing organizations and blogs decrying the supposed attack on Christmas by the ACLU.

Stated as fact, they seem quite believable, except one should always consult the other side of any controversy before passing judgement.

So, upon Googling the ACLU, I could find nothing in their very long list of activities involving citizen participation in not celebrating Christmas.

Of course, the ACLU is the staunchest defender of constitutional First Amendment rights, which are guarantees of our freedom of speech and religious choice.

The amendment mandates the separation of church and state when it states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

The American Civil Liberties Union doesn't and can't pass laws. All they can do is protest through the courts those who violate the Constitution ­ especially the First Amendment.

Thus, whenever any level of our secular government appears to align itself with a particular religion or religious doctrine at the expense of other religions and citizens, the ACLU comes to the people's defense.

So why the fuss about the ACLU and Christmas?

It has become very obvious in recent years that there is a body of religious extremists who wish to eliminate the First Amendment, which restricts them from control of the minds and behavior of all Americans.

They are not at all happy with our secular and diverse society, which often is at odds with their own beliefs.

In fact, they are not very happy with freedom of speech, which allows us to blaspheme, but they are especially desirous for our government to have a state religion modeled after their Christian fundamentalist ideologies.

The fundamentalist movement is very powerful and politically astute. Already they have control of the presidency and the House of Representatives.

They are working on the Senate and the Supreme Court and have been openly critical of those institutions.

The Supreme Court has been a major disappointment because they still don't control it despite the fact that seven of the nine justices are conservative Republicans. The only other organization which stands in their way is the ACLU.

What better way to align the American people against the ACLU than to claim that the "liberal ACLU" hates Christmas!

That is what this is all about.

Allan Gleason


Thank you to local merchants

To the Editor:

Chapter #1707 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees wish to extend our thanks to the following merchants for contributing door prizes for our Christmas luncheon and installation of officers on Dec. 12: Cracker Barrel, Golden Corral, J B's Restaurant, Patrick's Restaurant, Smith's Food and Drug and Walgreen's Drug Store.

Also, thanks to our members who brought non-perishable food items to the meeting enabling NARFE to donate 51 pounds of food to the Kingman Food Bank.

Curt Lantz


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