McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Opinion

August 17, 2012

Letter to Editor by Alisha Buller Kidd

McALESTER — Editor:

Do you remember when the W.B.C. came to our town to protest the funeral of Sgt. McCluskey? I do. I also remember a community rallying around his family to protect them from being harassed by the members of the W.B.C. I know Christians and non-Christians alike who worked together to ensure this young man was laid to rest with the respect and honor he deserved.

Arguments have now arisen between our city leaders and our community about the removal of a silhouette depicting soldiers kneeling near a cross. This brings back for me, the emotions of that funeral.

It was stated that it was an issue of Church and State. Non-Christians claimed to be offended, Christians came together to argue their beliefs as to why it should remain where it was. I think everyone is missing the point.

I am a Christian. I believe in God. I read the Bible. I am raising my children to be good Christians. I am also one who displays the Cross in my home.

However…

When I saw the cross upon the street sign, I did not see a religious symbol. I saw a symbol representing a fallen soldier. I saw Sgt. McCluskey. I did not know him. I do know his family. I do not know how they feel about the current issue. All I know is how I feel, and that feeling is sadness. I am sad that something symbolizing a fallen soldier has resulted in a religious feud.

It is my opinion that the symbol should be placed back atop the street sign. It is my opinion that all of us as a community should place it there with celebration, and gratitude, and in honor of this young man, and for all the men and women who fought for their country. Men and Women who fight for our rights.

Rights for freedom of religion.

Rights for freedom of speech.

It is just something to consider.

Alisha Buller Kidd,

McAlester

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