I think the writer of the Wednesday letter, “Despite ad, not a religious holiday,” has read more into the Fourth of July “In God We Trust” ad than was intended. Nowhere does the ad suggest that Independence Day be made into a religious holiday. Nor is it stated that “everyone from the founding fathers to the Supreme Court recognizes America as a Christian nation.” Neither does it propose having “the Bible form the basis of the curriculum in public schools.”
It seems to me the ad’s producers have simply wanted to call attention to the fact that deep in our nation’s historical roots is an extensive respect for the Bible and the Christian faith. This claim is supported by quotations from such sources as the founding fathers and the Supreme Court. Her criticism that these are statements from long ago is puzzling. Where else would one go for verification from history?
The Herald’s editorial that same day reminded us that disagreement and debate is “the American thing to do.” I’m thankful to be living in a nation where a full page “In God We Trust” ad is possible, and that in this nation we can debate its merits. But let’s debate what was written rather that what we think is implied.