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Editor:

Open letter to Cheri Steinmetz and all Wyoming legislators who, along with you, don’t understand separation of church and state. You must realize your religion is dying. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found: “56% of US adults say it is not necessary to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values.” The percentage of “nones” (those with no religious affiliation) has been rising since the 1950s. Your religion is dying, so you try to prop it up by using the force of government to do what religion is failing to do for itself: make people believe. You want to require all public schools and state owned public buildings in the state to display the motto “In God We Trust?” You want to make a law respecting an establishment of religion? Have you read the First Amendment? The adoption of that national motto in the 1950s was a PR campaign by religious zealots like yourselves who at the time saw religious belief in the country waning and could think of no better way to bring the country back to “God” than to use the force of government to do it. It was wrong then and it’s wrong today. If anything, the national motto should be changed back to the original: E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) because that is what we are: a nation made up of many beliefs. Again, according to the PEW study, over half of us don’t trust in God. The framers of the Constitution created a secular government, a godless government. They saw the need to keep religion and government separate for the good of both. You don’t seem to understand that because you are constantly wasting the legislature’s time by trying to inject religious belief into secular law with religious restoration acts and religious non-discrimination acts which are only euphemisms for legalized religious discrimination against the LGBTQ community. It’s time to stop it. If you can’t leave your religious beliefs at the door when you come to do the people’s work, then you have no business doing the people’s work.

RANDY VLACH, Casper

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