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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

squeaky wheels in Pearland!

So i just got an email from a friend of mine alerting me to the fact that our little town of Pearland is succumbing to the growing American disdain for Christianity by re-naming the Christmas Parade the "holiday parade", where there will be a Tree Lighting with "holiday carolers". give me a breaaaaak!!

why do i and all my neighbors have to stop being Christians just because there are some atheists living in our city too? I don't know of any muslims or Jews or Hindus who are upset about Christmas - they understand that we worship one way, they do it in another, and we're all cool. it's those who believe in no God who can't stand for anyone else to have a spiritual life. i could go on and on, but instead, here is the response i wrote to our City Council:


Dear Mr. Mayor and the Pearland City Council,

I received the attached email from a friend, who encouraged us to voice our opinions to you all as well. No doubt you have already received numerous additions to the sentiments below.

I, too, am upset about your decision to “de-Christ” Christmas celebrations here in Pearland. By attempting to avoid offending a small group of people who hate religion, you have succeeded in alienating and offending the vast majority of Pearland residents. Once again, the squeaky wheel has gotten the grease, and politicians have become cowards who do not stand up for their own values or the values of those who voted them into office. While you’re at it, Christmas falls on a Monday this year; why don’t you all show up to work that day, to avoid offending anyone who might not agree with the City of Pearland Offices celebrating the Christian holiday?

Can you honestly tell yourselves that you’ve accomplished a greater good by making this decision? Are you really representing your constituents? Do you honestly believe that anyone will be truly and deeply wounded because the City of Pearland hosted a Christmas Parade? Why not include celebrations of other faiths, if diversity is what you’re after, instead of becoming one more American entity striking out at Christianity at the behest of those who detest our freedom of religion? After all, the Constitution protects our right to worship as we choose and prevents the State from forcing us to worship in a certain way; it does not prohibit displays of faith by any one or any entity.

Have courage. Have faith. Do what you know is the right thing to do to properly celebrate this season.

I pray for God’s guidance for you and all leaders of our country.

Peace be with you,

Carrie *****
Resident, Taxpayer, and Voter


What do you think?

6 Comments:

  • At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That is a wonderfully written letter! I totally agree with everything that you said. There's really nothing more I could add, you said it all! Good for you for speaking up.

     
  • At 5:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good, good, good for you!! I especially love the part about showing up for work on Christmas. Doesn't it feel good to exercise your rights?!

     
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