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Thanks to Thurston 

Santa Maria

Emily Thurston’s opinion piece (“Remove ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance,” June 25) is one of the best I have read in a long time!

Many people do not know or appreciate the effort our founding fathers went to, to keep religion out of the government. Thomas Jefferson and Payne were both published atheists along with many others in the Constitution convention.

As an ex combat Marine, I think that the pledge is asked of us way too often. I also object to people who feel they need to lead us in prayer and end with Jesus Christ our lord.

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