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Seth Harris letter: Diversity is vital to nation's history

I am writing this in response to a letter written by Ed Milligan of Dilworth, (Aug. 3). Milligan seems to forget this is a nation partially founded upon diversity, and partially founded upon freedom of religion. "In God We Trust" may be o...

I am writing this in response to a letter written by Ed Milligan of Dilworth, (Aug. 3).

Milligan seems to forget this is a nation partially founded upon diversity, and partially founded upon freedom of religion. "In God We Trust" may be our national motto, but with it, on every piece of currency in this nation, is another slogan; E Pluribus Unum -- out of many, one. We may be one, but we are one that must embrace and respect its many, regardless of who they are or what they believe.

Furthermore, Milligan seems to believe that it is only foreigners desiring change in some aspects of the way this country does things. Not so. There is a very large part of the people in this country who were born here and grew up here who would like to see "under God" taken out of the pledge of allegiance, not necessarily because they don't believe in God, but because they know this is not a Christian state. It may not be a majority, but if the majority always ruled, we wouldn't be a country. Only one third of colonial America had any desire to separate from Great Britain.

And upon what do they base this ghastly notion that we are not a Christian country? Upon that very same First Amendment, cited by Mr. Milligan. The government shall not uphold any one religion, and anyone in this country has a right to believe whatever they desire to believe.

Seth Harris

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