I write this letter out of concern for the people of Minnesota. Are you aware of how many elected officials in Minnesota don’t acknowledge God as the source of your “civil and religious liberty?” I know of two Minnesota Senators, Marty and Dibble who publicly announced, “God is offensive” and would rather have “In Allah We Trust” in place of God! This should concern you.
I wrote a letter to the Senators, raising the question, “If you find God so offensive why did you take an oath of office acknowledging God as the source of Minnesota’s ‘civil and religious liberty?’” The Preamble of the Minnesota Constitution declares, “We, the people of the state of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.” My letter was sent out to nearly 100 chairmen of Minnesota’s Democrat and Republican parties. I received numerous responses from my letter, however, Steve Monk, Chairman of Olmsted County 25 DFL was the most disturbing. He replied, “Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Perhaps the MN state constitution needs to be challenged on this. As a long standing member of FFRF.org (Freedom From Religion Foundation), I may suggest this. After all, as a resident of MN, I have standing. BTW, Patriotism can exist without flags and religious freedom is not secured with a motto.”
In the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, the founders acknowledge the only way to put necessary limitations on our government would be to acknowledge God as the source of our rights – “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Those who represent Minnesota’s state government are to acknowledge our Creator and that the Creator gives the citizens of Minnesota certain unalienable rights that no man or government can take away. Minnesota’s elected officials are to acknowledge government exists to secure the rights of their constituents, rights given to them by their Creator. Your elected representatives are to acknowledge government cannot operate below the just powers of the Creator without the consent of the governed. John Dickinson, a signer of the Constitution, defined an unalienable right as one “which God gave to you and which no inferior power has a right to take away.”
Citizens of Minnesota, It’s apparent many of your state representatives no longer acknowledge God or that He is the source of your “unalienable rights.” I pray the citizens of Minnesota will immediately take a stand and inform their tyrannical government officials, “We the people of Minnesota” do not give our “consent” for the removal of God and our unalienable rights from the constitution. In the next election cycle, the citizens of Minnesota need to make the necessary changes in government to secure their unalienable (God given) rights before it’s too late!
Is this what you want for your new Minnesota Preamble? “We, the people of the state of Minnesota, grateful to [government] for our civil and [freedom from religion], and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”
In the year of our Lord 2019 –
Sincerely, Tom Hughes
“In all your ways, acknowledge Him…” Proverbs 3:6