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Godly perspective of law enforcement

Freedom cannot exist without law. Our forefathers knew liberty had its ultimate source in God.

So they declared: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

They acknowledged liberty and law were of divine origin … as such no man had the right to remove them. This idea is carved in stone at our state Capitol building, where is says, “Government is of divine origin and any government is free where laws rule and people are a party to those laws.”

In America, the power of government is vested in “We the people,” and government has the responsibility to make and enforce law.

For years, foundations of our government have been questioned. Much effort has been made to alter our national identity. It’s no surprise those seeking to harm our nation would likewise seek to harm those given the responsibility to serve in law enforcement.

Those in law enforcement have a very difficult task. Every day they place their lives on the line. We want this law enforcement community to know that we support you.

Abuses of power have occurred by some in law enforcement, but this is not the norm. The notion of having a safe society without police is absurd.

Do we defund the hospital for one egregious physician? Do we defund the school for one terrible educator? Do we defund the fire department for one bad firefighter?

No, because such broad penalty to punish institutions harms not just those institutions but the community at large.

We need to defend not defund those who protect our communities.

Matthew Stachmus

Altoona

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