This is my country, land that I love -- and you can leave it
Will we still be the country of choice and still be America, if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries who come to live in America?
When will they do something about my rights? I celebrate Christmas, but because it isn't celebrated by everyone, we can no longer say "Merry Christmas." Now it has to be "Season's Greetings." It's not "Christmas vacation," it's "winter break." I've gone so far the other way, bent over backward, to not offend anyone, that now I'm being offended.
This says it all: Immigrants, not Americans must adapt. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether or not we are offending someone or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge of patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the politically correct crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.
I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants of immigrants. However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. I speak English, not Spanish or any other language. If you want to become part of our society, learn the language.
"In God we trust" is our national motto. This is not some right-wing or political slogan. Men and women of Christian principles founded this country. If God offends you, I suggest that you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is rightfully part of our culture. If the Stars and Stripes offend you or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change and we really don't care how you did things where you come from. This is our country, our land, our lifestyle! Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion. But once you are done complaining and whining and griping about our Pledge of Allegiance, our flag, our national motto or our way of life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom, the right to leave.
Americans, speak up. Majority rules.
DONNA J. STEINMETZ
Creationism in ID's clothing
A recent letter from a local reverend, "Intelligent design is accepted by scientists," makes several very false claims and may leave a reader with the wrong impression. He writes that intelligent design (ID) is scientific and that it has "gained prominence by most men of science [including those that] claim agnosticism and atheism." He goes on to say that not only do most scientists believe in it, but so do "the top 400 research scientists in the world," whoever they may be! This is totally and completely untrue.
The main argument of ID is that many aspects of the universe are so complex they could not have occurred by natural means, i.e., some supernatural "intelligence" (read God) must be behind it. This sterile concept (nothing has been published on it in any scientific, peer-reviewed journal) is arguing from a state of ignorance. We don't know exactly how life began on the earth, so God did it. These same types of arguments were used centuries ago to "explain" thunder and lightning as well as sicknesses and plague. ID explains nothing.
Old-style "creationism" has temporarily gone out of vogue, probably because it is not only overtly fundamentalist Christian in design, but also because it's down right silly. To overcome these disadvantages, for more than a decade now, ID -- creationism -- has been advanced to drive a "wedge" (their word, not mine) into the teaching of science in (primarily public) high schools. (See, for example, Creationism's Trojan Horse by Forrest and Gross.)
RONALD G. TABAK