Mr. Bushaw, I agree with your expectations for the county, while at the same time understanding the history that influenced the Lee County responder (Dec. 29 letter).
We’ve evolved into a new period that requires a disclaimer. Perhaps the county should post a notice that covers and qualifies all privately sponsored displays and events. The county ought not ignore the law.
Your slavery analogy limps, but I think you know that. Also, personal beliefs of the Founders weren’t the reason for which they led in the establishment of a nation for which one characteristic is freedom of religion; two separate realities.
Mr. Fichter, your words were hateful (Dec. 15 letter). What did we do to you that had you write so hatefully? As a member of the Christian community, I apologize for whatever it may have been.
Until reading your letter, I found one great and embracing characteristic of Dixon to be its all-inclusiveness. We have people of all faiths and no faith affiliations. They’re all good and caring people; more than Matthew 7:12 asks of us.
We’re flawed, good and bad; all wrapped into one. We’re human beings trying to make good choices. The animosity used to characterize the motivation behind the crèche display is offensive and counter to my experience of the actions of ordinary people of Dixon.
We, believers, might have our faith nurtured by elements of myth and other literary forms. I’m amazed at the variety of literary genre found in Scriptures, providing so many applicable levels of universal and timely meaning. Most people I know nurture and cement family memories and life with embellishments. That’s more than OK.
A world without wonder and beauty, laughter, gift-giving, storytelling and goodness, or a life lived without giving, and if necessary, laying down one’s life for others, isn’t a desirable direction for humanity. That’s what my Christian faith teaches me.