I would like to respond to the letter of May 9, "No mandate in the U.S. says we must worship." The writer is confusing "freedom of religion" with the basic "foundation" or source of our religious beliefs. All belief systems are based on a foundation, an ultimate "authority or reality" which is defined as the highest authority that can be appealed to. The founding fathers identified this authority very clearly in their writings and speeches; our Declaration of Independence states that our creator has endowed us with certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The first words in the Bible are, "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." It should be noted that humans had nothing to do with this creation or their own, for that matter.
It is not surprising that people are confused about foundations. Our so-called education system has done its job well in ignoring (purposely?) basic theological and philosophical principles involved with the founding of our country, and the source of our laws, rights, liberty, etc.
When Supreme Court Justice Sotomayer was asked "What should American culture and society look to as the source for just laws?" she dodged the question by saying she hadn't thought of that question in that form before. This question (asked by a college student) should be asked of all lawyers, judges, and politicians before they even start out in their careers. If laws aren't based on a standard of justice, then what are they based on? If a judge is not interested in justice, then what?
R. J. Rushdoony in "Law and Liberty" summarizes this issue very well when he states that all law is enacted morality that presupposes a moral system, a moral law, and all morality presupposes a religion (with an ultimate authority) as its foundation. Whenever the religious foundations of a country or people are weakened, the morality is weakened also, and the foundations of its law is removed. The end result is a progressive collapse of law and order, and the breakdown of society----what we are experiencing today.
Gerald J. Boyum