Ryan Summerlin December 18, 2012
To the Editor
I am writing to respond to the letter about the family that was asked to remove their lighted angel in the window of their apartment because it MIGHT offend someone.
Who would it offend? I am puzzled. This country was based on the premise that we have the right to practice our own religion. Do we object to Santa Claus and his reindeer lighting someone’s front yard? Have we forgotten that Santa Claus actually represents Saint Nicholas who gave gifts to the poor. But we continue to keep Him in the hearts of our children on Christ’s birthday.
Maybe we should get rid of the Christ-mas holidays if it is so offensive to non-believers of Christ’s birth; and let us believers continue to celebrate the birth of Christ in our churches and our homes. But then we will have to close down the Christmas tree lots, which must be offensive. No more midnight Holiday $hopping: That must be offensive. Well, lets just outlaw Christ-mas shopping at all. All those cars traveling to the $hopping centers to purchase Christ-mas presents must be offensive. All the homes so beautifully lighted to the delight of all. All those twinkling lighted snowflakes that adorn the streets of Winter Park, Fraser and Granby: They must be offensive. Let’s turn it all off and live with no joy or beauty in our hearts and homes.
The non-believers must find it ever so difficult shopping this time of the year because Christ-mas represents something religious and whether you say Happy Holidays or Merry Christ-mas you are making a statement that you believe in this particular holiday one way or the other. Whether you go to church or not it is one time of the year that we are reminded that God does exist.
If I decide to put a Christ-mas crib in my front yard, who does that hurt? It is what I believe in and you non-believers can just drive on by and continue to not believe.
Are you afraid that you might be tainted with a glimpse of Christ in your life. Wow that lighted angel must be very powerful.
Remember that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that everyone in the United States has the right to practice his or her own religion, or no religion at all. And that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. It doesn’t say we have to hide what we believe in, or we cannot pray in public, or that we can’t express our belief with symbols in our home or yard. Statistics state that 81 percent in this country believe in God. So why should we let 19 percent dictate how we celebrate Christ’s birth in our own homes?