Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, Aug. 4

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Political ploy divides nation

To the Editor:

Seems rarely a week goes by that our local papers and some major news outlets are not bombarded with the "hate Muslim" rhetoric. This has been a successful political ploy complete with the hate to divide our people. No dispute, terrorist groups have recruited in the name of Islam but this is a fraction of the millions of Muslims worldwide who want to live in peace.

Despite arguments to the contrary, our founders made clear in the first amendment our religious freedom rights. James Madison spelled it out, "The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries."

If we of the Christian faith want to be honest, we have been duped by politicians who run on their Christian values but once elected, do not deliver for their constituents who need them most. Our current Tn. statehouse refuses to even bring to a vote raising the minimum wage from $7.25 hr. and 300,000 Tennesseans remain needlessly without health insurance (some of whom will die) as these legislators denied them coverage while playing their games with Insure Tennessee.

For those who find these circumstances for the working poor unacceptable, we must join together and change the statehouse. Register, Vote, Let's Roll.

Vivian Ervin

Lynchburg


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