ORIGINALLY WRITTEN SUSAN G. WADKINS – HILLSBORO
I would like to respond to the letters from Martin Skytte Sr. I do agree with Sue Millett that people with such strong opinions as Mr. Skytte, when it comes to subjects of religion and God, leave me with feelings of fear, also.
I am afraid Mr. Skytte is not aware that the practice of other religions with reference to the same God are practiced by open-minded people right here in Marion County.
After reading Mr. Skytte’s letters, I wonder if he will be going to any cemeteries this Memorial Day to place flowers on the graves of any veterans-men and women who gave time, and some their lives, for all U.S. citizens to live in freedom.
Freedom of religion is one of our basic rights as U.S. citizens. I guess our founding fathers should have also added the word “respect” when they referred to the freedom of religion. Respect for those who obey the laws of this great land. Respect for those who serve God without having to wear their work, words or deeds on their sleeves like some kind of banner. They just do what they believe God would want them to do, without patting themselves on the back at the same time.
I am reminded of the story about the group of souls who had recently departed Earth and gathered at the pearly gates. Saint Peter started the group on a tour of heaven. As they walked down the streets of gold, they would periodically approach the gates with the souls of different religious sects.
Three-fourths of the way through their tour, Saint Peter asked the group to remain silent and tiptoe as they passed a particular gate. After the group passed, they were allowed to speak in normal voices and walk as they had before.
At the end of the tour, one of the souls in the group asked why they were allowed to speak and walk normally, except for passing the gate of one particular sect.
With a deep sigh, Saint Peter replied, “They think they’re the only ones up here.”