To the person who stated in an Open Forum letter that she is offended with the words, "under God" in the flag pledge, also Christian music, Christmas carols in school, and the Ten Commandments in public buildings, I'd like the ask, why?
These things have been in existence for many, many years and have never harmed anyone, physically or mentally.
I'm also offended with certain things, such as people swearing in every sentence, the sexuality, violence and swearing in movies and on TV. I turn TV off and never attend a movie anymore.
Years ago, when we had prayers, Christian music, Christmas carols in schools, the Ten Commandments and Christmas religious scenes in public buildings and on lawns, life was good. These were reminders of what kind of life we should live.
How life has changed. In our small area of Crow Wing county in the past couple years, we have had a young man murder his grandparents because of money and drugs, a young man shot to death because of drugs and theft, tragic auto accidents, killing a baby and others caused by alcohol, teen suicides, young people dying because of drugs, robberies for drug money, girls being abducted, divorces because of adultery, abuse, and drugs and alcohol to name a few.
If these people who committed these acts had obeyed only four of the Ten Commandments, none of these tragedies would have happened. Thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery and thou shalt not covet your neighbors' property. So many families are affected by these acts; young adults spending their lives in prison, and families trying to live through these nightmares.
Government and religion have been entwined since our nation began. "In God We Trust" is our national motto. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles founded this nation. Our paper money has this slogan and prayers begin many government meetings. No one has ever been harmed because of it. I have never heard of anyone refusing money because it has God on it. So why is it wrong to have God in the Pledge of the Flag.
Why not use this energy to work with a program to eliminate these acts of destruction that destroy so many people's lives.
I'm sure many organizers in this area would welcome volunteers. Volunteering is so rewarding. Seeing a sad face smile, makes your heart skip a beat.
(Schellin, a Brainerd resident, is a longtime member of the Brainerd VFW Auxiliary.)
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