This is a excellent LTE (Letter-To-the-Editor) from a York County resident who opposes the religious-right legislation proposed in Pennsylvania! We hope you are inspired to write your own letters!
Letters to the Editor, February 05, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Following 2013’s “Year of the Bible” and “Day of Prayer,” state officials in 2014 continue to waste tax dollars promoting personal beliefs. Up for approval this week are House Resolution 555, acknowledging the 60th anniversary of adding “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance, and House Bill 1728, mandating display of “In God We Trust” in public schools.
In ignorance of history, HR 555 celebrates a low-point in American government. Adding “under God” to the nation’s pledge in 1954 was strictly anti-Communist propaganda. HR 555 honors McCarthyism, blacklisting, and false imprisonment, all of which were products of the Red Scare. Ironically, manipulating a literary work like that today would be a copyright violation and downright anti-capitalist.
The author of House Bill 1728 insists displaying “In God We Trust” in public schools is harmless because there is no specific God cited. In communities where one religion is inherently predominant, a specific God would certainly prevail. Teachers and administrators could readily adapt this mandate to promote a specific religion.
Religious freedom allows a unique personal relationship with the God(s) of one’s choosing without governmental condemnation. That uniqueness is critical. Not every Catholic refrains from contraception. Not every Christian believes bad weather is God’s punishment for homosexuality. Not every “godless” person is immoral. It is time for Pennsylvania’s elected officials to abide the simplicity of separation of church and state, instead of luring support from the faithful for financial and political gain. It is not harmless.
DEANA WEAVER, Carroll Twp., York County