Jurek: Feel Free To Be Offended, But Don't Force Belief On Others
Author: America based on Christian principles.
To the editor:
This in response to an Associated Press article in The Enterprise (Brockton) about the removal of a Woonsocket World War I and II memorial cross.
I am a Catholic converted from the Jewish faith only three years ago. But even if this weren't so, I would be just as sad and appalled.
The assertion that the founding fathers founded a secular government is erroneous. They founded a government based upon the concept of human freedom from tyranny by government or any other entity. That included freedom of religion as granted by the First Amendment of our Constitution.
There is no amendment that specifically proclaims any "separation of church and state." At its birth, America was based on Christian principles. As for atheism, those who profess are free to believe as indeed they do have a belief. If someone is offended by another's belief, they are also free to be offended. They are not morally or constitutionally right to assault or legally suppress the belief of others. They won their cause only because the cost of defending it would be prohibitive, not because the case was found in their favor.
If I had a private home in Woonsocket, I would have the memorial moved to my front lawn. And a menorah would be erected beside it. Perhaps someone will do so. I hope so.
June Jurek, Brockton, MA