Story last updated at 1:51 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2002

God belongs in pledge
I don't write much to the editor against another opinion because I believe that everyone has a right to his or her own opinion. God gave us that right, to have a free will. I also feel that we need to speak up when we feel strongly about something.

I read the letter by the proclaimed "atheist" in the Aug. 1 issue. I felt this was a worthy cause to express my knowledge of the great gift that Jesus has given to us.

First, I just want to say that there is no such thing as an atheist. You either serve God, or you serve the world. This "atheist" claims that she does not want God's name in the pledge of allegiance and claims that she is not a suicide bomber and should not be accused because she doesn't serve the Lord.

No, you may not be a suicide bomber, but your beliefs do mean that you do not serve the Lord and that does make you unaccountable for your actions, and anyone held unaccountable for their actions is dangerous in any society. Therefore, you may not be a bomber, but you could easily be the equivalent with no conscience. All sin is created equal; whom does the "atheist" have to answer to? We will pray for you.

So, Candus, you are absolutely correct. One nation under God, not Satan! It will be a sad day in this world if they did take God's name out of our pledge, but I tell you, you can't take our Lord away. Our Christian fathers founded this country. You can see what happens to the world as more walk away from belief.

Christina Rutzebeck