Letter: Letter writer’s wrong; laws, rights neither God-given nor unalienable

In his letter of Jan. 8, Robert Adams accused Diane Pleninger of misunderstanding the U.S. Constitution and claimed that the Bill of Rights “outline rights that are God-given and unalienable.”

Doubtless Mr. Adams has pure intentions but he needs to reread the Constitution and its amendments. There he will find no reference whatever to God, Jesus or the Bible. To the contrary, Article VI states, “… no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Article V prescribes how laws and rights in our nation can be changed. Contrary to what Mr. Adams thinks, laws and rights are neither God-given nor unalienable. 

Moreover, Amendment I states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The genius Founding Fathers of 1787-91 created a secular nation in which Ms. Pleninger, Mr. Adams and I each have a right to express our differing opinions. They were men, not a mythical god, and we should honor them with gratitude.

— Fred Hillman

Anchorage