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A Sunday section on religion is one thing

July 15, 2014

The Fourth's banner headline on the front page reading "GOD BLESS AMERICA" against a colorful and celebratory backdrop is quite another....

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AmericanCitizen

Jul-15-14 6:14 AM

"We were founded as a Christian nation on Christian principles by a bunch of Christians!"

"It's on our money!"

"Every politician says it at the end of their speeches!"

"We swear oathes on the Bible!"

"It's in the Constitution! The word "Creator" means God, and not any old god but MY God, the one TRUE God!"

And I'm forgetting a lot of others. Help me out, guys.....

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Premier

Jul-15-14 6:21 AM

So you got offended by a banner headline, big deal.

Harry, I got offended by reading your LTE. So were even, now go back to bed.

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enigma

Jul-15-14 6:58 AM

Nash needs to read more historical documents. Paine, Jefferson and Lincoln often spoke publicly of God. Even JFK referred to God in speeches. Niebuhr spent his whole life trying to get government to operate by Christian principles. I don't think any one of them would have objected to the headline, "God Bless America", though they probably would have had great difficulty with Mr. Nash's letter. You see they all believed in a free press and freedom of religion and that the two were not mutually exclusive. So Nash, you can hate God if you want, but you cannot force the rest of us to do the same, not even the Sun-Gazette.

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VinceKnauff

Jul-15-14 7:30 AM

Some people look for any opportunity to be miserable and offended. But they never consider how their selfishness offends others. This is the product of the PC society we live in. I feel sorry for those people. And I hope my feeling sorry for them offends them in some way.

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hopeforfuture

Jul-15-14 7:32 AM

Mr. Nash- So don't read or buy the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. I see a lot of articles in print I don't agree with so what?

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AmericanCitizen

Jul-15-14 7:41 AM

I'm deeply offended you feel sorry for me, Vince.

You all are right. I'm a stickler for separating Church and State. Is the SG a government publication? No. Do my tax dollars pay for it? No.

They can print "God bless America" all day long and twice on Sundays if they want.

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eriklatranyi

Jul-15-14 7:46 AM

Take your FAKE offense and shove it!

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KrazyK

Jul-15-14 7:48 AM

When Mr. Nash beamed down the transporter mechanism must have scrambled his brain.

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AmericanCitizen

Jul-15-14 7:56 AM

Erik, my comment to Vince was meant as a joke. It was obviously a joke. It was BEYOND obvious. Whatever.

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CMReeder

Jul-15-14 8:18 AM

Sorry but I disagree with this letter. While I firmly believe in the separation of church and state the paper is not a government institution. The paper has First Amendment rights and protections. We have national songs and very patriotic ones that clearly states the God Bless America. If the paper chooses to splash 'God Bless America" over the front page on the Fourth of July they can and should.

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CMReeder

Jul-15-14 8:19 AM

Believe it or not I am proud that God does indeed Bless America.

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underwood

Jul-15-14 8:53 AM

Much ado about nothing.

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SteelerFan

Jul-15-14 8:58 AM

Get over it!!

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Alsever

Jul-15-14 9:13 AM

Lot of Gods out there. Paper should do a story on a different God every week. Getting old reading about the same one all of the time.

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metalhead

Jul-15-14 9:17 AM

WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?

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eriklatranyi

Jul-15-14 9:41 AM

This is simply anti-religion disguised as offense.

If someone is offended, they can go crawl in a corner and weep for themselves.

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SteelerFan

Jul-15-14 10:27 AM

AS-s: 'Lot of Gods out there'

Nope, just one.

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SWCCrew

Jul-15-14 11:15 AM

"Nope, just one."

A little education would serve you well. There have been @ 400 gods recorded throughout history. That you choose to bow before a chosen god, does not make your beliefs any more valid than any other person's belief, in say, Thor, Kali, etc.

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Scott36

Jul-15-14 11:26 AM

Religion is something too often times used to insulate powerful people from scrutiny.-Yoxtheimer

Organized Religion has been, and is used to control people. You are correct, it is used to protect people, push agendas, alienate people, vindicate people, and so much more. Have a Great day!!-Scott

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CMReeder

Jul-15-14 12:00 PM

"If someone is offended, they can go crawl in a corner and weep for themselves."

Seeing how offended you are all the time that must be one flooded corner you are in.

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Scott36

Jul-15-14 12:15 PM

Seeing how offended you are all the time that must be one flooded corner you are in.-CMReeder

LOL!! You point out the obvious--they "Herd-up", run in packs, flocks. The corner is a new twist though!!-Couldn't help myself!-Have a Fantastic, Fun day!!-Scott

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eriklatranyi

Jul-15-14 1:09 PM

"Organized Religion has been, and is used to control people. You are correct, it is used to protect people, push agendas, alienate people, vindicate people, and so much more." -Scott36

And you are not intelligent enough to see that big government does the exact same thing!

Which is why big government supporters must destroy religion....it is competition for control of the people.

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eriklatranyi

Jul-15-14 1:12 PM

"Seeing how offended you are all the time that must be one flooded corner you are in." - Mr. Reeder

You are not very bright as I have never been offended by anything posted by a liberal.

Liberal words are not worth taking offense over....liberal words are hollow, emotional lies.

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SteelerFan

Jul-15-14 1:18 PM

SWCCrew: 'A little education would serve you well. There have been @ 400 gods recorded throughout history'

Only one GOD, now and forever, Amen. A little education, very little, sounds about right for you.

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CMReeder

Jul-15-14 1:32 PM

"You are not very bright as I have never been offended by anything posted by a liberal."

LOL Whatever you say Erik! LOL

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