Letter | Don’t like prayers? You’re in the wrong state

May 2, 2013 

Re April 28 letter by Ellen Carsch, “Christian prayer out of line at city baseball”

I shouldn’t have to feel the need to defend my belief against yours, however, you should know that this southern state was built on southern hospitality and its church. To say the prayer was just for Christians is in itself prejudice, and church could mean any denomination or belief. So my feeling is you may have simply moved to the wrong state.

If you do not like how we do things here in the South, due to freedoms gained through those who believed in God and country, you can move. And you should also maybe think about giving up your money, since “In God We Trust” is clearly there and put there from a government who also had faith in our country and believed in more than just ourselves.

So I’ll take your money if it offends you or your friends, and while I am at it, Merry Christmas, God bless you, and yes I may even say a prayer or two. While you may have friends who have different beliefs, I have many who have the same.

I am not a Christian, Muslim, Islamic, Presbyterian or any other label you may feel that you have the right to call me. I am simply someone who believes that I should have the right to hear prayer and that you should not have the right to take that away from me, my family, friends or neighbors.

If it were a Muslim prayer or just a speech that was uplifting I would never feel the need to label or call them out and tell them I am offended.

I am sick of people who want equality in every way and yet try to take it away from others. Shame on you for trying to make us feel wrong for something that is positive and many enjoy.

We share the same air and the same earth but will never all share the same belief, so here’s some advice:

If you don’t like it, don’t go to the ball field!

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.

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