Printer Friendly

Montgomery survived.

I am writing this on Wednesday, October 8, 2003. It has been six weeks since the Ten Commandments monument was removed from display at the Montgomery, Ala., courthouse. Since, in that time, I haven't seen any news items from there, I must conclude that nothing untoward has happened to either the good people of the city of Montgomery or the great state of Alabama.

From the absence of any noteworthy news items, I must conclude the following. The court systems in that city and state are still working for the people. The transportation systems are still in working order. People are still conducting business, going to school, work and fulfilling social obligations. The legislature and governing councils on the local and state levels are still working fine for the people, and in general, life is going on just fine. The sky has not fallen, nor has the earth opened up to swallow anyone or anything. In other words, the business of people and state has kept going on without the benefit of promoting any one kind of religious view.

I may be jaded, but I don't find that in any way amazing or unusual. It's been going on in that manner for a very long time for a very good reason. That's the way it's supposed to work. And to those on the far right who continuously cry that the secular world is trying to banish religion from the public view or is trying to deny them the right to practice their beliefs, I would like to know how many places of worship were closed down in the past six weeks. Did any "Godless" government agencies prevent any Sunday Bible schools or religious studies? Has anyone stopped them from praying or worshipping? If that happened, I must have missed the news report.

I guess one other good thing happened. When people of other religious views walked into that courthouse, they didn't come under the impression that they were, in effect, second-class citizens. Their tax dollars were working for everyone, not just for Christians.

Richard Kusnierek

Orange Park, Fla.

Church & State welcomes letters to the editor. Although not all correspondence can be published, readers' opinions are appreciated. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all letters for brevity and clarity.
COPYRIGHT 2003 Americans United for Separation of Church and State
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Kusnierek, Richard
Publication:Church & State
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Nov 1, 2003
Words:380
Previous Article:Moore deserved censure.
Next Article:Advice and consent: Scalia says yes, but Rummy is reluctant.


Related Articles
Montgomery and me: buzz surrounds Noel Alumit and Letters to Montgomery Clift, his novel about a Filipino kid growing up gay in Los Angeles. (Cool...
Myth quote. (reader forum).
Attention for all the wrong reasons.
Ken Reid still tinkering with direct mail, using "a fairly unique concept".
LWV of Montgomery County, IN.
Md. school drops plan for graduation in church after AU protest.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters