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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.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Kusnierek, Richard
Publication:Church & State
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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