Monthly Archives: October 2010

Dear Sharron Angle:

Please, read your history. Roger Williams, founder of what has morphed into your professed Baptist faith, said the state has no business legislating the first tablet of the Ten Commandments, those that address man’s relationship with God (Gaustad, 2005). If you don’t like Social Security, that’s fine, and there’s a reasonable conservative economic argument you can make; but don’t try to pin everything on your goals for a Christian theocracy.
Maybe, Mrs. Angle, you don’t consider yourself a Williams Baptist. In fact, I believe I’ve read some pieces that refer you you as Baptist, others Southern Baptist, and still others simply fundamentalist. Fair enough. Maybe you have a divine calling to establish a Church-run State for Jesus. I won’t argue with your experiences. Maybe your brand of Christianity has no problem with the melding of Church and State. But will you please listen to James Madison? “Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects?” Should Congress assemble in silence according to traditional Quaker practice? Or what if a Catholic wins the presidency? You’d get booted from the Senate, because women can’t hold spiritual authority. See what I’m getting at?
Please, keep up your faith. But remember that you seek to serve a diverse constituency that includes everything from Baha’i to Baptists, everything in between, and many nowhere in between. I will not vote for a theocracy, and I hope my fellow Nevadans won’t either. Grace and peace to you.
Gaustad, E.S. (2005). Roger Williams. New York: Oxford University Press.
Madison, J. (1819). Memorial and Remonstrance. Boston: Lincoln & Edmands.