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True to myself as an American

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I am not godless. Yet the Christian Nationalists would declare it so. I believe that religion has no place in our government. That does not make me godless.

I believe that we all have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, on our own terms, without imposing those terms on others. That does not make me godless. All people, no matter the color of their skin or the loves of their lives, deserve respect and honor, the right to live as they see fit, the right to the same protections as the privileged whites. That does not make me godless.

I believe that women should have the same rights and freedoms as men. I believe that there is that of God in all of us. That does not make me godless.

Yet the Christian Nationalist movement, would have it so. They seek to take away my right to disagree, to force me to accede to their theocratic, they-know-better rule.

With that, I disagree. That does not make me godless. That makes me true to myself. That makes me an American.

Deborah DiMicco, Newtown

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