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Letter: Americans must stand up for Christian rights

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To the editor:

How tragic the recent shootings of all those schoolchildren. I can’t even imagine the pain and suffering those families are enduring right now.

Everyone seems to be weighing in on the causes of this tragedy –- guns, again, being the prime target. There have been many, many senseless killings of children in China with knives, hammers, meat cleavers and the like.

The problem is not the method used in the slayings but how we deal with sickness and evil in our countries. Most certainly, we need gun laws but, most of all, gun enforcement — not gun elimination.

Let me remind everyone of our Second Amendment rights: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Note, it does not say the right of the militia to bear arms but the right of the people.

I think Mike Huckabee said it best when he said everything changed when God and prayer were removed from our schools.

Beginning with Madalyn Murray so many years ago, we have been spiraling down in our religious beliefs to where anything goes in our modern culture — marijuana is becoming legalized in states across our country even though its use and sale is illegal; same-sex marriages; more and more violence in our movies, games and videos for kids; attempting to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, not saying the Pledge of Allegiance in schools and other places; removing crosses from the side of the highways; and Christmas continually under attack.

It seems every time a Nativity set is displayed in front of a governmental institution, the ACLU or some individual is threatening a lawsuit, supposedly as a separation of church/state issue. The First Amendment to our Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

President Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday in 1870. We are a Christian nation. The majority of us believe in the birth of Jesus and celebrate Christmas in his honor. This doesn’t mean we don’t respect other people’s beliefs to pray and worship as they please. But this doesn’t mean it’s illegal to display our religious beliefs or speak of them in public or governmental places.

Christmas is continually being attacked: Nativity sets being removed, lawsuits threatened, companies telling their employees not to say “Merry Christmas,” renaming a “Christmas tree” a “holiday tree,” for fear of offending someone. Christmas is a legal holiday.

Whatever happened to “majority rules” in this country? Churches — pastors, priests, etc., and their members — need to stand up and take part in this fight to diminish or remove God and prayer in our country. Does anyone really believe things are better today with this “anything-goes, if-it-feels-good-do-it” culture, the attitude no one is responsible for their own actions (it’s always someone or something else’s fault), and the loss of respect for other people and their property, all of which is destroying our country?

Shirley Toney


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