To the editor:
Religion has never been a big part of my life. I have my own reasons, as many people do. For the most part, I don't see anything wrong with religion. In my humble opinion, almost all religions have one common theme and that is to teach individuals to be decent and to treat people with love and kindness.
Like it or not, religion has always been a big part of our country and military's history. Obviously, in our country, it was on Christian faith that most of our forefathers were raised and practiced. Not Muslim, Buddhism, Judaism or even atheism. To say we are not a Christian nation to a certain extent is kind of absurd when you think about it. With that said, there is a minority of individuals who fight so hard to separate church and state and to remove what has been in place for many years. Whether it be a prayer before a public meeting or the removal of "under God" from our Pledge of Allegiance. Are they right? Maybe, but at what cost?
We've become a nation that tries to cater to everyone because we don't want to infringe upon anyone's rights. This might be viewed by some as "politically correct," however, what about everyone else's rights? What about their beliefs? Don't they matter? What bothers me is we concentrate on making sure a few voices are heard and then we forget there are so many who are being silenced.
I would hardly call Toronto's fireworks a "tent revival" as it was so eloquently labeled recently at a council meeting ("Toronto display theme topic," July 24), however, if the majority of individuals who attend the fireworks are not bothered by the religious tones that were displayed there, then why should they be removed? Don't we sing "God Bless America" during our annual display? Don't we stand at the gates taking donations of American currency that state quite clearly "In God We Trust"?
It is because of the men and women of the armed services that our great country has so many freedoms. One of those great freedoms is the freedom of choice. Also, is the freedom to get up and leave if you don't like something. And that, my friends, is a freedom that is not practiced enough.
We could argue that it's not fair that a few people have to see any type of religious theme during the fireworks that is partially funded by our city.
However, we could argue that it's unfair that a few's non-religious beliefs be forced on the majority of the city who do follow a Christian faith in some form of denomination.
Sadly, I believe the proverbial squeaky little wheel will get his grease. But is that fair to everyone else? I'm all for democracy and freedom of speech, but when is enough enough? Maybe instead of catering to a few this time, someone should stand up for the majority and say, "If you don't like it, you are always free to stay home."