To the Editor:

In response to the reader's opinion in the Jan. 16 edition of The Spectrum, I would like to clarify what the United States Constitution actually states about church and state and the falsehood so many believe about this.

The Constitution merely states Congress shall not establish a religion or interfere with the practice of religion.

How we came to believe public property, town halls, schools and other public domain are to be free of any signs of religion or prayer is due to a misinterpretation of this clause.

Nowhere is the term separation of church and state ever mentioned in the document.

If citizens who are the real owners of the property want to pray or display a religious symbol on such property, this right is guaranteed as a free practice of religion.

Congress is not establishing any religion in this case.

Thanks to judicial legislating and rulings from the United States Supreme Court bench, they have, in effect, added another clause to the Constitution separating and removing religion of any kind and belief in the creator from the public domain.

Before the 1960s' age of judicial activism, these displays of religion and prayer could be found in public all across America.

Thomas Valedes

New Milford