Letter to the editor from Steven Fannin.

Letter to the editor from Steven Fannin. January 4, 2014

The final egregiously wrong letter to the editor (for today, at least) comes from Steven Fannin:

In regards to the lawsuit against the nativity scene at the courthouse, my thought is why should there be a wasteful lawsuit just because someone has a different belief?

We have had to take God out of all the public places, and now we are being attacked because of the nativity scene at the courthouse. I know individuals who have had to take off their pins at work because some one person didn’t like the message it conveyed.

Where have the rights of God-fearing people gone?

And Mountain Home derps merrily along…

In regards to the lawsuit against the nativity scene at the courthouse, my thought is why should there be a wasteful lawsuit just because someone has a different belief?

If that were the case we’d be suing people for being Christian.  That’s not happening.  The issue is with government endorsement of sectarian religion, which is illegal.  It’s not about atheists demanding everybody have the same beliefs as we (and, let’s face it, between Christians and atheists one group is way more guilty of that throughout human history), it’s about insisting that our elected officials obey the law.  Frankly, this is a goal everybody should be behind, but it seems most Christians are ok with breaking the law if it favors their religion.

We have had to take God out of all the public places

Nobody is trying to do that.  You can put the nativity on church lawns, home lawns, business lawns (or roofs) and nobody will care.  But when you have a government body giving space to one religion while denying others, either the Christian representation must go or it must be granted to everybody else.  The government must be equal.

and now we are being attacked because of the nativity scene at the courthouse

Only in a fevered mind contaminated by faith can “We want you to obey the law” be viewed as “an attack”.  Why was it not an attack on non-Christians when they were denied the same privileges as Christians?  The oh-so-moral Christians of Baxter County don’t seem to concerned about that “attack”.

Losing your privileged status in compliance with law is not an attack.  How many Christians are so spoiled they cannot see that?

I know individuals who have had to take off their pins at work because some one person didn’t like the message it conveyed.

Not relevant to the courthouse situation or the laws surrounding it.  That’s up to a particular employer and their dress code.

Where have the rights of God-fearing people gone?

It is not your right to receive better treatment than people of other faiths at the hands of your government.  How pathetic do you have to be to whine about how terrible you have it even as your local government is treating you better than, literally, everybody else?  Is there some part of the bible which requires Christians to abandon any sense of perspective to get into heaven?

If you’d like to throw your voice in, and I hope you do since it supports the brave residents who face harassment from the Christians of Baxter County, you can comment on Steven Fannin’s letter here.

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