Religion in the community

Dear Editor:
Mr. Bacon must believe that Christians will forget that it is Christmas
if not displayed and celebrated prominently in our public schools.

I’m pretty sure the Cambridge area is reliably Christian. For the heck of it I looked in the North Central yellow pages and found five full pages of churches, and not one mosque, synagogue, temple, or coven among them. The Cambridge area phone book had two pages of Christian churches. Not one elected official fails to mumble reverently about Jesus and his or her belief in God. You can’t swing a cat without whacking it into a new church building. And you can’t go through an hour of a news cycle without being sucked into some debate about Christianity.

The only political correctness that exists is the overriding right-wing religious paradigm that declares you a traitor if you don’t support their position on war and security, a murderer if you believe in decent end-of-life care, a communist/fascist/socialist idiot if you don’t accept their medieval and failed economic systems, and a racist if you don’t accept their, well, racism, and an atheist if you don’t believe exactly their particular little sect or cult’s interpretation of religious reality.

Mr. Bacon, rest easy. You can pray to your God in your car, at work, skydiving, (I fervently did), while guarding IED destruction teams or working as a tank commander in Iraq as two of my nephews did, you can even say grace and pray before tests while in school. And remember Matthew 6:5-6: “And when thou prayest, thou shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.. ..when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret…”.

I’m sure everyone realizes that most of the founding fathers were Deists and in absolutely no way Christians, nor did they believe in the divinity of Christ. That’s why there’s not one reference to God in the Constitution, and only in the Declaration of Independence is the Creator and God of Man and Nature, the Deist God mentioned.

Steve Hansmann