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From: Ross Olson [ross{at}]
Sent: Monday, March 21, 2011
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}

What your history teacher won't tell you...

The statement of a reader who “never understood why it's necessary for federal and state
governing bodies to open their gatherings with prayers” (March 18) is a sad commentary on
the state of education. Contrary to the revisionist view, the majority of the founders were Christians
and also recognized that our form of government is not suitable for people who do not see
themselves as accountable to the God of the Bible.

This has led to the astounding notion that the prohibition of establishing a state church actually
prohibited acknowledgement of a Supreme Being – including scientific evidence that life is too
complex to have come about by natural processes – and any religious motivation in the public
square. Not only has this view produced a series of Alice-In-Wonderland decisions by the courts, it
has given us the mistaken notion that our style of government may be transplanted anywhere in the
world despite the absence of the essential roots.

A visit to will show the extent of “historygate.”

Ross S. Olson

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