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Nathan Seegmiller ("Getting tired of ACLU," Jan. 14) claims the ACLU perpetrates a "crusade against religion." Helen Reinhold ("ACLU harms all in U.S.," Jan. 14) claims the ACLU aims to "attack . . . Christianity in particular." These views demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of America's Constitution and egregious ignorance of the ACLU.

The ACLU is involved in so many cases relating to Christianity because Christians are in the majority. When someone uses the machinery of government to promote Christian beliefs or rituals, the ACLU informs the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court generally declares government promotion of Christianity to be unconstitutional.

The ACLU also supports religious adherents against governmental restrictions. Recently, both the ACLU and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (yes, both on the same side!) supported the case establishing the right to proselytize without government's permission.

Stan Burnett