Letters, Dec. 19

Dec 19, 2013

Christian nation?

I take exception to Marion Tucker-Honeycutt's Down T'Home column "Merry Christmas?" in the Dec. 12 issue in which she characterizes the USA as a Christian nation, which strongly implies that the government supports a state religion. To the contrary, we are a secular nation with a Christian majority — a different matter entirely.

The lady goes on to deplore the absence of traditional Christmas music and decorations in commercial establishments. I see this as a bogus target, having just returned from Belfast's Rite Aid where the sound system was playing a decidedly religious carol — thoroughly pleasurable. As a lifelong non-believer, I quite enjoy the Christmas season's glitter and ceremony, the origins of which are largely pre-Christian, a contention easily confirmed with minimal research.

Peace on Earth, folks.

Mike Silverton

Belfast

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