2002-07-13 / Letters

Point of View


Dear Editor;

Reading the article from the editor's desk "Under God", my first reaction was wow is Howard Beach out of it's mind; boy is he going out on limb. For it seems that the country by whole believes in under God version of the pledge of allegiance. His point from the unreligious Jewish perspective, at first confused me, wasn't he off base somewhat, for the Jew believes in God. Could it be! Just that Christian against Jew thing in reverse. When I think about my Catholic school upbringing at about the same time as his, my only thought if any on all the documents that made and make our country what it is today, is that all the people who wrote, or signed those documents were Protestants. Since Protestants were formed from Catholic protesters and Catholicism is a breakaway from a Jewish beginning. Hell we all believe in the same God, we just try to reach him from different angles. Who could understand the Latin Mass anyway?

Some days there must be a God, and on others no way. At this stage of life it is just as comfortable for me to not believe as believe. Does that mean I think religions are worthless? Quite the contrary, they are our history, our heritage, our moral, our respites from grief, our joys in celebrations and to many, their life's meaning.

Today's America is filled with religions not heard in our happy days era. For the Brooklyn of those days we had enough trouble dealing with the above. And the immigrants of today with their different customs, language and religion who will as all who came before try to hold heritage and assimilate at the same time will blend but another color in this country's rainbow.

Should we remove from our history, parts of documents or alter their meaning? We are a new country only two hundred and six years old, so fifty years back when the under God was added is one quarters worth of our history. If we change the so-called current history, what about the rest of our history, the Constitution, the Bill Of Rights, our currency! One must remember many things were wanted by some to be removed from history including slavery and the holocaust.

So for the sole reason that this is our history, Under God should be left as it is. God was meant to be generic. Not my God, you're god or their God.

The great thing is that this is America and the majority thru voting, can change our history's future.

Ps: Loved the Point of View column by Rabbi Allen Blaine, "Our God given ability to change"

TOM LYNCH


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