Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

[Letter] 1961 July 22, Columbus, Georgia [to] Hon. Watkins M. Abbitt, Washington, D.C.

Title

[Letter] 1961 July 22, Columbus, Georgia [to] Hon. Watkins M. Abbitt, Washington, D.C.

Description

Elaine Sydnor of Columbus, Georgia wrote to Abbitt objecting to Supreme Court's decision in Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961). On June 19, the Court had ruled it unconstitutional for federal government or any state government to require a belief in God as a requirement for political office. Explaining that the ruling made her “very angry,” Sydnor wrote: “If the person has no religion, how can he be trusted…?...How can children learn the importance of Christianity, when the very people who shall lead them do not profess to be Christian?” She added that the ruling would allow“Communists” to gloat and would create “a huge crack in the very foundations of democracy.”

Creator

Sydnor, Elaine

Date

1961-07-22

Contributor

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman, 1908-1998, correspondent

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers

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Text

Spatial Coverage

Columbus, Georgia

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Citation

Sydnor, Elaine, “[Letter] 1961 July 22, Columbus, Georgia [to] Hon. Watkins M. Abbitt, Washington, D.C.,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed November 19, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/125.

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