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Diversity is good for the military

February 16, 2014
Braeden Harpool , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

I am writing in response to Brian Dent's lamentation of Sikhs and Muslims being allowed to express their religion in the U.S. military. Freedom of Religion in the U.S. wasn't based on Judeo-Christian values, but as a rejection of state-sanctioned religion. There was a time in the colonies where Quakers would be attacked or even hanged by Puritans, who controlled many local governments. James Madison, who drafted the Bill of Rights, is historically considered a deist, as there is no evidence he held specific ties to any religious movement such as Christianity.



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