My note is in response to the recent letter to the editor by Mr. Ray Rose of Holtville. He wrote that this country was founded on Christian ideals and still should, in response to a letter by Lisa Turner.
I just wanted to point out to Mr. Rose that some of his examples don't tell the entire story.
For one, he says two- thirds of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were pastors or laymen in the church. These same, so-called Christian men and laymen of the church also owned slaves and in some cases even fathered children by these slaves while married. Owners of slaves included our founding father, George Washington.
He also mentions it was "the hunger to worship Jesus Christ freely" that bought the first settlers to this land. They were fleeing religious intolerance in their home countries — other so-called Christian nations. Ironically, they came to this country and practiced the same intolerance as others did to them. Examples are the Salem witch trials and the treatment of the Native Americans. Where were the Christian-principled men when the new Americans moved westward?