by: Dan Martin                             Tell a Friend 

“Out of respect for your elected position and as a personal courtesy to you, I will not post this as a public letter to the PPJ Gazette until Friday, next, allowing ample time for your response . . .”

You guessed it. I’ve had no response from Senator Gimse.

Yet.

Joe Gimse                                                
Minnesota State Senator
Assistant Minority Leader
District 13
State Office Building, Room 105
St. Paul MN 55155-1206

Senator Gimse:

This is in response to your Monday, November 23, 2009 Email, subject: Call for Americans to stand for sanctity of life, marriage, and religious freedom.

I am sure you will excuse its length, given the three pages of unconstitutional crapola you dropped into my Email in-box this morning.

In it, you refer to a “…statement, called “the Manhattan Declaration,” (that) has been signed by more than 125 Catholic, Evangelical Christian, and Orthodox leaders, . . .” Now there is an Appeal to Authority if ever one has been made.

And who but a fool would argue with: “a 4,700-word declaration addressing the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty.”

It is that last part, about religious liberty, that concerns me. When will all of our government leaders – executive, judicial, and legislative – come to realize that the bedrock support for that “religious liberty” is spelled out in the Bill of Rights:

“Amendment I – Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition (1791)
1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

and that this is a two-way street, protecting us from both the ‘establishment of’ and ‘prohibiting the free exercise thereof’.

That is not the least of the reasons for which the fathers (and mothers) of our country fought the Revolutionary War.

Joe, I too am a “devote” Catholic. I want my religious leaders to get out of government, and I want you to stop espousing your religious beliefs from your Senate Seat.

Out of respect for your elected position and as a personal courtesy to you, I will not post this as a public letter to the PPJ Gazette until Friday, next, allowing ample time for your response to procentral@meltel.net.

D.L. (Dan) Martin

New Munich MN 56356-0327

(long) p.s.
I am enclosing for your convenience all of the pertinent Articles and Amendments of both the Minnesota and United States Constitutions.
It will be warmly appreciated if you read and become very familiar with them before thinking of sending another communication like this one.
Minnesota Constitution
ARTICLE I
BILL OF RIGHTS
Sec. 16. FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE; NO PREFERENCE TO BE GIVEN TO ANY RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT OR MODE OF WORSHIP. The enumeration of rights in this constitution shall not deny or impair others retained by and inherent in the people. The right of every man to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience shall never be infringed; nor shall any man be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any religious or ecclesiastical ministry, against his consent; nor shall any control of or interference with the rights of conscience be permitted, or any preference be given by law to any religious establishment or mode of worship; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the state, nor shall any money be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious societies or religious or theological seminaries.
Sec. 17. RELIGIOUS TESTS AND PROPERTY QUALIFICATIONS PROHIBITED. No religious test or amount of property shall be required as a qualification for any office of public trust in the state. No religious test or amount of property shall be required as a qualification of any voter at any election in this state; nor shall any person be rendered incompetent to give evidence in any court of law or equity in consequence of his opinion upon the subject of religion.
ARTICLE IV
LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT
Sec. 8. OATH OF OFFICE. Each member and officer of the legislature before entering upon his duties shall take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of the United States, the constitution of this state, and to discharge faithfully the duties of his office to the best of his judgment and ability.
ARTICLE V
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
Sec. 6. OATH OF OFFICE OF STATE OFFICERS. Each officer created by this article before entering upon his duties shall take an oath or affirmation to support the constitution of the United States and of this state and to discharge faithfully the duties of his office to the best of his judgment and ability.
ARTICLE XIII
MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS
Sec. 2. PROHIBITION AS TO AIDING SECTARIAN SCHOOL. In no case shall any public money or property be appropriated or used for the support of schools wherein the distinctive doctrines, creeds or tenets of any particular Christian or other religious sect are promulgated or taught.
Constitution of the United States
Article Six – Debts, Treaties, Oaths of Office
3. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution;
1. but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
The Amendments
Bill of Rights
Amendment I – Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition (1791)
2. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
3. or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
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This was in response to an Email from Senator Gimse, which said in part:
Dear Friends:

On Friday, November 20th, I learned that a coalition of religious
leaders called for Americans to take a stand for the sanctity of life,
marriage, and religious freedom. The unprecedented declaration they
made, called “the Manhattan Declaration,” has been signed by more than
125 Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical Christian leaders. I have
written a letter to the Archbishop Nienstedt, who belongs to the
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, thanking him for signing the
Manhattan Declaration and for his stance on these matters.

More information regarding the Manhattan Declaration can be found at
http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/. To sign the declaration, click
on this link http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/decsign.php.

As a state legislator and devote Catholic, I will be sure to uphold the
institution of traditional marriage, the sanctity of life, and religious
freedom. There can be no comprise in the battle to protect our commonly
held traditional and moral values.

Please take the stand with me and continue to protect and strengthen
traditional marriage, the sanctity of life, and religious freedom.

We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I am thankful for
all the gifts God has blessed my family with this year and for the
opportunity to serve you as your state legislator.

May you and your family have a safe and wonderful holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,
Joe Gimse
Minnesota State Senator
Assistant Minority Leader
District 13
Office: 651-296-3826
Fax: 651-296-9441

And then referenced a bunch of hooey about the Manhattan Declaration.