Isn’t it wonderful to live in a country where freedom of speech and freedom of the press are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution? Isn’t that how Ellen Carsch felt free to express her opinions to The Sun News, and they freely printed her April 28 letter to the editor (“Christian prayer out of line at city baseball”)? However, the First Amendment also guarantees all Americans freedom of religion, which is not the same as freedom from religion. What is wrong with offering prayers to God? Don’t all religions do it?
I am truly sorry that Mrs. Carsch feels excluded at the mention of Jesus Christ, especially since he was a Jew. I believe in faith and the free expression of faith, and prayer is an invitation to participate in unity, harmony, and love. It is ironic that Mrs. Carsch speaks of religious prejudice, yet she clearly states, “Jesus Christ may not be referenced.” Is this the voice of a person calling for inclusion and understanding?
She cites the 1983 case of Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 788, mistakenly comparing what happened at North Myrtle Beach to the Nebraska case, where there was legislative chaplaincy sponsored and paid for by the state of Nebraska. I believe this comparison is quite a stretch.
This country has always been one where people experiencing religious persecution have been able to find safe harbor. People of many faiths have been able to find free expression in the United States of America, yet at the same time Christians are finding themselves attacked for expressing their faith.
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Mrs. Carsch felt free to express her ideas. I am and will continue to pray for her and all those who come against Christianity.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.