McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


August 20, 2012

Letter to Editor by Reed Lynn

McALESTER — Editor:

The Gaines Creek Association of Free Will Baptist churches is to be commended for bringing attention to injustice committed by the city manager of McAlester, and for their efforts to correct that injustice.

Each workday, I drive into McAlester from the west and come down Washington to the post office and on to work. A few months ago I began noticing the silhouettes depicting various aspects of our history above street signs. Knowing nothing about their origin, I thought that someone really had a nice idea. Some Christian scenes were depicted on the signs located in the church district, and I really appreciated them being included. Then they disappeared. I wondered why, but failed to look into the matter.

I believe the city attorney’s advice as reported in Sunday’s News-Capital is in error. The silhouettes do not imply the city’s endorsement of what they depict. Rather, they merely depict aspects of our history, such as it is. Like it or not, Christians and churches have played a significant role in the development of McAlester and the surrounding area. It’s part of our history and heritage.

Over the past several years there has been a nationwide effort to rid our country any reference to Christianity. The goal has been to make us a totally secular society. The proponents of this effort are either woefully ignorant of our nation’s history or blinded by their dislike for Christianity. The Judeo-Christian faith has played a major formative role in the building of our country, and we have all been better for it. Let’s celebrate all our history. Bring all the silhouette’s back.

Reed Lynn, Arpelar

Director of Missions Pittsburg Baptist Association

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