I applaud your editorial, "The local religion" (May 6). The Supreme Court's decision to allow sectarian prayers at local meetings is wrong, and the argument that the inclusion of prayers rests on "long-standing American tradition" is specious.

Perhaps the members of the Supreme Court and all Americans need to reacquaint themselves with the Treaty of Tripoli written by John Adams and ratified unanimously by Congress in 1797. This document states categorically that "the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."

We all need to be mindful of this as we strive for tolerance and inclusiveness in our nation.

Lynda B. Salamon, Arnold

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