Disclaimer: I do realize that not all Christians are like this...and not all Christians want to screw over non Christians. This response is to the email (Which follows my response) that suggests that because Christianity can not be allowed in all places and all people's lives that Christians are being repressed.
Here is MY response to the email I received, (which is included further down):
THE LAW IS, INDEED, THE LAW! (A Non Christian response to an email entitled “THE LAW IS THE LAW”)
So "since" the US government determines that it is ok to put the words "Under God" on our money, then, so be it.
And "since" that same government does actually decide, at least some of the time, that the "Ten Commandments" can be used in or on a government installation, (it has been used) then, so be it.
I say, "So be it", because I would like to be a law abiding US citizen (Even if as a non-Christian, I am often subservient to the whims of Christian political Bigots).
I say, "So be it", because even though so many beautiful, valid NON-Christian beliefs are considered inferior and go unrecognized in the make up of our government, I hope that those who make the decisions will not decide that Christianity is the only religion allowed, and take away the voices of those who have to fight for their rights to be NON Christians in a Christian society.
I would like to think that those people have the American public's best interests at heart, even if they do not sufficiently recognize the rest of non-Christian society or equally represent us in the make up of the government that we must pay taxes to.
BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I'D LIKE?
Since everyone can pray to their God in their homes, schools, and in public, CAN Trust in God if they so choose, and who DO post The Christian Gods Commandments in Government buildings, I wish they would stop trying to play the victim card and using false, misleading emails to promote their false position that they are so repressed.
I believe that the Government and its employees should have their Easter and Christmas celebrations, but that NON Christians should be allowed to have THEIR religious holidays off without penalty. I would like for all NON-Christians to be allowed to swap their time off during Holidays, for the actual days of their spiritual observations.
It would be nice if NON Christian kids could have their holidays off from school, instead of having to have an absence on their records in schools if they DO take off.
I would like to understand why the person who wrote the original email was harping that the government should give up Christian holidays off, simply because people are fighting for fairness in the way the government runs things.
(Why would it fair to exclude the Torah, or the Wiccan Rede, or any other spiritual text, in favor of the 10 commandments? If they want Christian prayers in schools, over the intercom, they should also have to have their Christian children subjected to a pagan prayer to Ishtar and Dumuzi, or a Prayer to Allah.)
The original email writer stated:
“If this idea [of giving up their holiday days off and working on Sundays] gets to enough people, maybe our elected officials will stop giving in to the 'minority opinions' and begin, once again, to represent the 'majority' of ALL of the American people. SO BE IT...”
Well, I would like to know how they “Give in” to minority religions and opinions. I would like to understand how not being allowed to force Christianity into every setting that I have to go to, or have my child be, is repressing Christian society.
I would like to understand why some Christians have to have Christianity in everyone else’s face at every moment of every day, or they feel like they are being treated unfairly.
I would like to understand how it would be fair to disregard NON Christians who will always be the minority, and still charge them the same taxes that everyone else has to pay for equality and representation.
I would like to understand why being a NON Christian equates to being inferior, and not worthy of opinions or rights to equal footing with the “Majority” of the American people.
I would like to understand why I, as a NON Christian and the “Minority”, should simply “shut up and take it”.
I would like to understand why, as a minority, I should have no rights to live in peace without having to walk out my door to a government building and be bombarded by a religion that I do not agree with or follow.
If it is ok to put religion in government buildings, I would like to know why MY religion is not right there on the same walls. I would gladly provide them with religious writings to go right up there next to the precious Ten Commandments.
Please Dear Lord and Lady…Divine All… Give us..the inferior non Christians… the help we need in keeping our voices heard above the warn out, old “woe is me: I have to share this land with NON-Christians” litany.
Give us the help we need in keeping the Christian God in his place in the homes and churches of his followers, so that Non-Christians can enjoy the earth that we have a right to live on without having another religion forced upon us, in a government that is supposed to be for ALL of the people, not just the ones who praise Jesus, and want non Christian children to have to listen to their prayers over the school intercom.
Blessed be, Blessed be.
These are definitely things I am forced to think about, every day when I have to deal with the fact that some people think that I am unworthy of the right to NOT have Christianity in every place I must walk.
I think about these things, every time I speak to friends who can not marry people they love, simply because there are unfair laws that prevent it, which are based on a bible that is not a shared view point by all.
Until the day when ALL religions can be represented fairly, equally, and without placing one religion on a pedestal over all others...and until the day when my GLBT sisters and brothers can freely marry the same as any Christian...I will shout my opposition to the world.
Written by Jennifer Harvilak
A Proud NON-Christian American
> > THE LAW IS THE LAW!
> > This is one of the better e-mails I have received in a long time!
> > I hope this makes its way around the USA several times over!!!!!
> > So Be It!
> > THE LAW IS THE LAW
> > So 'if' the US government determines that it is against the
> > law for the words 'under God' to be on our money, then,
> > so be it.
> > And ' if ' that same government decides that the
> > 'Ten Commandments'
> > are not to be used in or on a
> > government installation, then,
> > so be it.
> > I say, 'so be it,' because I would like to be a
> > law abiding US citizen.
> > I say, 'so be it,' because I would like to think that
> > smarter people than I are in positions to make good decisions.
> > I would like to think that those people have the
> > American public's best interests at heart.
> > BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I'D LIKE?
> > Since we can't pray to God, can't Trust in God and cannot post His Commandments in Government buildings, I don't believe the Government and its employees should participate in theEaster and Christmas celebrations, which honor the God that our government is eliminating from many facets of American life.
> > I'd like my mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving & Easter.
> > After all, it's just another day.
> > I'd like the US Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving and Easter as well as Sundays.
> > After all, it's just another day.
> > I'd like the Senate and the House of Representatives to not have to worry about getting home for the 'Christmas Break.'
> > After all it's just another day.
> > I'm thinking that a lot of my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all government offices and services would work on Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. It shouldn't cost any overtime since those would be just like any other day of the week to a government that is trying to be 'politically correct.'
> > In fact....
> > I think that our government should work on Sundays (initially set aside for worshipping God...) because, after all, our government says that it should be just another day....
> > What do you all think?
> > If this idea gets to enough people, maybe our elected officials will stop giving in to the 'minority opinions' and begin, once again, to represent the 'majority' of
> > ALL of the American people.
> > SO BE IT...
> > Please, Dear Lord,
> > Give us the help needed to keep you in our country!
> > Amen and Amen
> > These are definitely things I never thought about, but from now on, I will be sure to question those in government who support these changes.
> > At the top, it says 'I hope this makes its way aroundthe USA several times over!'
> > Let's see that it does!