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To the editor:
I read Mr. Jerry Millburn’s guest column (Hypocrites on school board know they’re wrong) in the paper a few weeks ago and would like to share some observations.
Mr. Milburn made a reference to prayer being in the closet. Sure, the Bible makes that statement in Matthew 6:6. The only problem is that refers to personal prayer and not group.
If his observation were correct our worship services would be without prayer, as well as other public prayers. He asked, “Who am I to judge?” and then makes many judgments concerning many individuals that he knows very little or nothing at all about.
An atheist? The way he quotes the Bible it appears he must have someone in his past that loved him and taught him of God’s word. I get the impression he may be more an agnostic than atheist. But who am I to judge?
I agree, Mr. Milburn, that outsiders should not try to direct the affairs of Anderson County. I feel we have ample folks to make our decisions. I would not want anyone to prevent his right to express his opinion (freedom of speech). I am very much concerned about the thoughts of our local citizens. I like the fact that in our society the majority rules (Democratic).
I thought it very strange that he would make any reference of the Muslim religion being the majority. He obviously knows very little of the Muslim faith. Were he to make those same kinds of references to Muslim prayers in Iran or any other Muslim nation he would be absent a head. Isn’t it nice to live in a society that we can express our personal opinions without fear? They would not give you the opportunity of court or law.
I defend Mr. Milburn’s right to sit in a meeting where prayer to God is a part. You should not be asked to leave. Christians should not feel a need to leave in order to say our prayers. Someone said, “You will never remove prayer from the schools as long as there are tests.” I disagree with some of the actions of the school board but I have to accept their decisions because that apparently is the opinion of their constituents.
Prayer, Mr. Milburn, is not intended to convert you or change your mind on your personal beliefs. It is simply to follow our beliefs that God can guide and direct our lives. Therefore we ask for his blessings on the decisions made during the meeting. As you say, you don’t believe in a god, then what would be wrong with asking his blessings?
Also, another area that is important to this discussion is that there is no comment found in any official government document that makes reference to separation of church and state. The only statement you will find is that the state shall not dictate religion. In other words the state is to stay out of the religious area of our lives. It doesn’t prevent religion from being found in the affairs of the state.
I am sorry you don’t want Christians to practice what they believe while you maintain your right to practice what you believe.