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Government should not pay for security at houses of worship

Staff WriterMay 23, 2019

Your May 17 editorial regarding violence against houses of worship argues that “Extra security at houses of worship is necessary, and the state should provide the funds to make it happen.”

While it is sadly true that houses of worship do indeed need extra security, the state should not provide the funds to make it happen.

First, it is not the state’s job. The state should not put public funds to private use.

Governments exist to secure their citizens’ rights, not to provide for their welfare. As John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

Let not the soft-hearted be soft-headed. One more well-intended social giveaway will simply add to Connecticut’s already serious financial woes.

Second, it will drive up taxes. The state has no spending money of its own. All the state can spend is taxpayers’ money.

The state makes no money. The state adds no value to the economy. The state is nothing but overhead adding to the costs of living and doing business in Connecticut, costs that are already driving people out of Connecticut in droves. Businesses are leaving. People are leaving. Taxes have made Connecticut one of the five worst states in which to retire.

Third, it is excessively entangling. Government should stay out of religion!

Money is influence, and where government money goes, government influence goes with it.

A Baptist in Danbury, I am keenly aware of Thomas Jefferson’s 1801 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association assuring them they would be free from government involvement because the Constitution provides a “wall of separation” between church and state.

We don’t want the state involved in how we worship. We also don’t want it involved in the houses we worship in.

Ken Brooks, pastor

Calvary Independent Baptist Church

Redding

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