Shooting the messenger...
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At first, I considered the responses to my column on the State of the Union (“My View,” Jan. 30 edition of The Times-Independent) to be a good sign of open discussion. But on further review, I feel moved to defend the Founders of our republic and my own reputation as well.

Regarding the Founders, I stand by the myriad historic references in speeches, writings, laws, monuments and memorials, from the time of the landings at Virginia and Plymouth Rock to this very day, that those who came here and built this nation were a faith-based people. For the Jefferson quote, reference his 1781 Query XVIII of his Note on that State of Virginia. The Madison quote is from his message in 1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia. To substantiate my assertion that we are a faith-based nation, I offer this: “Finally ... with good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” —John F. Kennedy.

The concept of creating a theocracy was gone long before the American Revolution. The idea of a nation based on our Judeo-Christian heritage is a pillar of our national strength and remains to this day. If we are not endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights, from whence do they come?

I know it is common practice for those who don’t appreciate the message to try to “shoot” the messenger. I do not appreciate unjustly being called a deceiver, one who purposefully misleads, one who tries to justify falsehoods, an obstructionist and fear-monger. I do, however, realize attacking the character of the opposition instead of the proposition is a common technique of those who aren’t quite sure of what they are defending. Being a common practice doesn’t make it right or admirable.

One letter not only disparaged me, but disparaged God in insulting terms, comparing Him to a “sky pixie” or “Tooth Fairy.” I take no umbrage at the assaults on me and will continue to pray for all my neighbors whether they agree with me or not. Further, I consider it an honor to be insulted with God and, with Thomas Jefferson will ... “tremble for my nation when I reflect that God is just…”

—James A. Hofmann


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