Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

May 21, 2014

How can anyone object to the pledge?

— — I was disheartened by both the guest commentary and the cartoon on the editorial page of the May 15 edition. The commentary by a Mr. Crisp decried both the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools and the practice of prayer before public meetings, a practice recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. I am at a loss to understand how anyone could object to the pledge. I assume the point of Mr. Crisp’s little essay was to equate the pledge with prayer, as it is a sort of secular prayer, and it contains the dreaded words “under God.” Why do atheists and humanists greet the mention of the Christian God (but not Allah) with such rancor? Surely they realize that, like it or not, our founders established this nation as a republic under God, the Christian God. The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits laws “respecting an establishment of religion.”  This was meant to prevent the rise of a state church such as the Church of England, which is headed by the monarch and thus represents a theoretical fusion of church and state. As long as any clergy of any faith is allowed to participate in public prayer, as was the case in Greece, N.Y., that clergyman (or imam) should be allowed to pray to whatever God he worships. This represents no threat to anyone.

The cartoon, depicting the Republican Party as a moronic proponent of an overblown emphasis on the Benghazi debacle, is equally offensive. What is so funny about the deaths of four brave Americans? What is so funny about an administration that still will not explain to the American people just what happened that night, and why its representatives lied about the nature of the incident for weeks afterward? The answer is nothing; nothing is funny about this tragic incident. When liberals have no way to hide or to obfuscate, they turn to ridicule to deflect the public’s attention. I pray that this tactic doesn’t work in this situation and that we finally discover why those men died and why our government did nothing to prevent it.

Richard Haggerty

Bluefield

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