To The Editor:

The American Civil Liberties Union has abandoned its legal challenge to invocations offered before the meetings of the Franklin County Commission, contending that the practice of offering invocations and prayers amounted to the establishment of a church.

The goal of the ACLU, in keeping with their anti-Christian legacy, is to quash any prayers offered in the name of Jesus Christ.

Franklin County offers prayers on a rotating basis at the start of their meetings to extend to ministers from various denominations. Those in attendance are advised they are under no obligation to participate.

In 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lynch v. Donnelly, which reminds us that our Constitution, signed in 1787 “in the year of our Lord,” does not require the complete separation of church and state, but quite the opposite affirmatively “mandates commendation, not merely tolerance of all religions, and forbids any hostility towards any.”

The court warned us that anything less would be a “callous indifference” never intended by the First Amendment and warned of a hostility that would bring us into war with our “national tradition as embodied in the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion.”

In today’s culture war there are strict separationists who wish to scrub out any mention of God from all political and public life and documents. These separationists wish us to abandon our own heritage that is our history, culture and tradition.

Our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes and “sacred honor.” We are one nation under God and “In God We (Should) Trust.”