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In response to Sandra Johnson’s Oct. 2 comment “Christians are the majority,” Ms. Johnson appears to sincerely believe that it is an accepted fact that “America was founded on Christianity,” under “our US Constitution.” Less than reviewed, the US Constitution makes no mention of Christianity, Christians, Christ, Jesus, God, or any form of theocratic rule. Has she not read the Constitution, or is there an alternate reality of the document being circulated in certain communities? Perhaps the current focus on curriculum review and reform should begin with a high school final exam limited to a knowledge test of the actual wording of the current US Constitution. This should be made mandatory for both public school graduates and students on the Wild West curriculum, which includes Alaska’s publicly supported home school and alternative school options. Leave it to opponents of this idea to explain how requiring students to know the text of the current US Constitution violates the constitutional rights of students or their parents.
In addition, Ms Johnson appears to believe that Christians have the right to use their majority status to dominate or curtail the rights of others. The US Constitution proper does not provide for “majority rule” or “mob rule” in relation to the fundamental rights of the individual. Rather, the section of the US Constitution proper known as the “Bill of Rights” or the first 10 amendments protects the rights of all individuals to such things as freedom to practice their religion, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, etc. It is the very Bill of Rights that will protect Ms. Johnson’s religious freedoms should she ever find herself in the religious minority. The “alt-fact” Constitution that Ms Johnson envisions is a substandard document that would jeopardize her own rights.
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