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Believe what you want, I'll do the same

The atheist, Whatzisname, chooses to believe that the meticulous positioning and joining of atoms and molecules which create everything there is –– from the dust on a butterfly’s wing to the rings of Saturn –– just happened by accident. No creator — just one huge series of coincidences.

Well, OK. Lucky for him that we live in a country that says it’s OK to hold any belief you choose — and I must admit, some of our choices seem to be pretty far-fetched. It boils down to this: You believe what you want, I’ll believe what I want.

To a Hindu, the idea of eating any part of a cow is unthinkable. That’s fine. Nobody is going to stuff a Big Mac down his throat. Still, the Hindu wisely understands that the majority of his fellow citizens love their Big Macs, and they are not going to close McDonalds down just because it offends him. McDonalds is there for those who want to eat there. If you don’t want to eat there, don’t.

An overwhelming percentage of Whatzisname’s fellow citizens do believe that an indescribable intelligence created everything there is — including you, me and Mr. Whatsizname. We call “The Great I Am” by many different names, including Jehovah, Allah, Great Spirit, Earth Mother and a whole bunch more. The generic term that covers them all is God.

The majority of us love and honor God in whatever guise we know him. Our founding fathers felt that way and most of us still do. We stamp “In God We Trust” on our money. We say “... one nation, under God ...” in our pledge. (And do you refuse to touch our God-tainted money, Mr. Whatzisname? I wonder.)

If you don’t want to eat beef, don’t eat. But don’t try to shut down McDonalds. If you don’t want to say “under God,” don’t say it, but don’t throw a big fit and try to strike it out of our lives. It seems that some people are never happy unless they’re stirring the trouble pot. The whiners and the spoilers will always be with us. That doesn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is that we actually seem to be taking them seriously.

Hey, Mr. Atheist. Don’t we have more important concerns right now than what you like or what you don’t like? Get a life.

Marjorie Seavers

Federal Way

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