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Meredith Historical Society extremely grateful to Laurie Perry

To The Daily Sun,

On July 22, Cackleberries Garden Center in Meredith sponsored a garden tour of nine private gardens. Organized and executed by Cackleberries owner Laurie Perry, and Ceil Andrews, ticket holders enjoyed a well-planned route around the Meredith area, viewing a variety of lovely gardens and plantings. As a first-time event, Laurie and Ceil not only had to identify the gardens and get home owner consent, but also recruit multiple docents for each location. A stop at the Meredith Historical Society’s Farm Museum on Winona Road was included in the tour. There, guests received a Cackleberries snack bag, lemonade and a tour of the Farm Museum’s displays.

Laurie has graciously donated the profit from this event to the Meredith Historical Society’s goal of repairing the aging 1802 Farm Museum building, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The building began its life as the Pottle Meeting House of the Freewill Baptist Church and was once the oldest church in Meredith. It has been transformed into a historical view of local farm life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The four seasons of farming are displayed through exhibits of tools, illustrations and wall-sized photographs. All of us involved with the Meredith Historical Society are extremely grateful to Laurie Perry for her hard work preparing for the garden tour, and her generosity in donating its profits to our goal of preserving a disappearing piece of this region’s past.

Karen Thorndike, President
Meredith Historical Society

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I could care less what most of the Founders said about religion

To The Daily Sun,

Mixing religion and politics is the path of fools. A road to authoritarianism, it almost always creates anti-intellectual, anti-science currents. It has mostly brought us more evil than good, more ignorance than knowledge. Fundamentalist species of religion breeds contempt for higher education and people proud of their ignorance. It creates whole populations of people who exhibit the cognitive quirk of Dunning-Kruger Effect; those who are far far less informed than they think they are. The village idiot doesn't know he's the village idiot. Every neighborhood has some. Every letters section, too. Religion in government spawns bigotry and ignorance at a wholesale level. This is especially true of evangelicals.

States run by politicians of this kind of religion are where Christian Sharia is a major political agenda. Conservative Catholic bishops and rabid right wing Christian talk show hosts are in bed with these people seeking a more theocratic nation where the government enforces their fanatical beliefs. Who were the people behind the fight against the Lilly Ledbetter law and the Equal Rights Amendment in the past? Right-wing Christians and corporate money. Who opposed women's suffrage and desegregation? Conservative Christians and white supremacists. Who are the lunatics and control freaks that even attack the use of contraceptives based on junk-science and wish they were illegal? Christian fanatics. Who are the people who want to make it legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people in the name of "religious liberty?" Christian fanatics. Who wanted to bar gays and lesbians from the military? Christian fanatics. Who wants to bar transgenders from the military? Christian bigots. Who wants the superstitions of creationism taught in science classes. Proudly uneducated right-wing Christians.

As an unbeliever in all things "supernatural," I have to put up with every ridiculous superstition on Earth from ESP to the "personal God." There is no evidence of any supernatural world which is why Christianity is dying in the west. Even secretive atheist movements have arisen in Saudi Arabia and Iran. So when someone claims God moved them or spoke to them, I see a delusional person or one craving attention or some self-righteous jerk wanting to be seen as a moral authority. Just this week, Michelle Bachmann proclaimed God is working mightily in the Trump administration. Only a crackpot believes that tripe. It's all nonsense to me but I support a person's right to believe what they wish as long as they don't bring harm to people, support bigotry and discrimination, used the state to enforce their beliefs, spread junk-science and junk-history, or attack education and intellectuality.

Regarding the Founders, I couldn't care less what most of the founders said about religion. They all had different beliefs and the laws stipulated that in order to be involved in civil affairs, one had to join an official church. It is the Constitution that counts. Article 6 bans religious tests for oaths of office, which effectively makes government secular and religion-neutral. The Constitution's establishment clause puts limits on religious liberty by forbidding lawmakers to legally endorse any particular religion. The Constitution's oath of office for the president does not contain,"so help me God" nor does it mention the Bible anywhere. This is 2017, not 1776, 1787, or 1789. The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, not the Bible or the Quran.

"The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
- Article 11, Treaty of Tripoli, unanimously ratified without debate by the US Senate in 1797.

James Veverka


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