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Letters to the Editor

Nativity scene should have been removed

This is addressed to the recent various Christian writers regarding the Nativity scene fiasco to which I will call out as one group to save word count.

If people can do actual research these days, they will find that the Founding Fathers were deist, not theist. Jefferson nicknamed the Bible “dunghill” and has called Christianity “the most perverted system that ever shone on man.” John Adams called Christianity a “system of holy lies and pious frauds.”

With these anti-Christian/anti-theistic remarks, it’s ironic that modern-day Christians heavily support the Founding Fathers.

As to the Nativity scene, it is highly unconstitutional, which is quite difficult for Christians to realize for some odd reason. The First Amendment prohibits any law respecting an establishment of religion (freedom from religion). Though the Nativity was from a private group, it has not been properly displayed with a disclaimer as the Supreme Court has ruled for in other cases.

Lee County officials should have taken better action by just removing it altogether instead of further dividing their county. Christians need to realize that nonbelievers, and those of other faiths, don’t want their rights trampled on by the Christian majority, and that the Nativity scene tramples their First Amendment rights. Is it that difficult to put it on church grounds, or are Christians that hell-bent (excuse the pun) to preserve their “American tradition”?

Slavery used to be part of American tradition; would you Christians want that back, as well?

Now, I know I’ll get a lot of hate from the fundamentalists in this area, but I write this letter only because I care about the rights of others and the preservation of the Constitution. You do have freedom of religion, but only to yourself, not to be forced onto others. Remember Matthew 7:12, Christians.

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