Letter: Religious faith the basis for our rights

February 4, 2014 

Michael Smith (Letters, Jan. 8) needs to get a dictionary and revise his definition of faith. He says, "Faith is belief without evidence or belief in the face of contrary evidence." The fact is we use faith every day and that faith is based on evidence. I have faith my car will start because it has before. We have faith in our economy, and if we didn't we would move somewhere else. He seems to have a lot of faith in science.

In the declaration of independence it says, "We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights." If it were not for our Founding Fathers being religious, we would not have rights. If they weren't religious, why did they sign a document referring to a creator?

The fact is I have rights because God said so not because of some government policy decision. And that religious belief our Founding Fathers had was based on faith. That faith was based on evidence of divine providence in their lives. This would be considered anecdotal evidence. And courts run on historical evidence, which happens to be anecdotal in nature most of the time. Not all evidence comes from a test tube.

LEN SHURE, Pasco

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