My friend said this:
I feel like I need to clear something up.
Those of us who feel that courthouses and public areas should not display nativity scenes, crosses, and the ten commandments, do not feel this way because your religion offends us. We do not feel this way because we think your religion offends others. No one should ever be offended by the beliefs of others. That’s just ridiculous. It’s like being offended by someone else’s thoughts. The thought itself cannot harm you…it’s what is done about the thought that causes concern.
Anyway, the fact is that these are places which represent the public and, as such, they must NOT endorse any particular religion. Not everyone in American is Christian. I know that’s just a horrible, horrible thing to some of you, but it is also very, very true. We are not a Christian nation. We are a nation with a Christian majority. Those two things are not the same thing.
We are a nation founded on the idea that everyone should be free to practice or not practice the religion of their choices. Our freedom to practice that religion does not extend to imposing it on anyone else. Your freedom ends where mine begins.
The sooner people learn that, the better.