Letters to the Editor

Prayer bans deny believers First Amendment rights

I am responding to a Dec. 2 letter by Matthew Rzepa Jr. in which a few of his statements don’t add up. He wrote about the Manatee County Commission and prayer. He claims that “people of the world have invented thousands of gods throughout history; recognizing one over any of the others is the very definition of establishing a state religion.”

You may be right about the world, but the United States of America was founded on one God, the God of the Judeo/Christian religion. To take it further, we Christians believe that God sent his Son, Jesus, to show us the way of life and to die for our sinful nature. There is no other God who makes that claim.

This is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. If we let people take our God out of our country (what you call “separation of church and state,” a misnomer), we will be no different than a lot of the other countries who’s “God” did not hold the country together with love. You are denying Christians their First Amendment.

We as a people need to raise our voices about preventing a prayer anywhere, because without God this country would not be the greatest country in the world.

It is wrong to prevent people to pray. How much of your tax money is being used if the commission decides to take a minute to pray?

By the way, “Merry Christmas” to you, not “Happy Holidays” or “Merry X-mas” but “Merry CHRISTmas” because if it weren’t for the One whose birthday we celebrate, there would be no Christmas.

Nancy L. Davis