A Christian nation
The United States was founded as a Christian nation. The first sentence of the Mayflower Compact is, "In the name of God, amen." The Compact continues, "Having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith ..."
The Constitution was dated "the seventeenth day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven ..." The form 1787 A.D. was not used. Our framers wrote it out, clearly acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord.
Pastor David Walls and the First Congregational Church lived their faith when they refused a prayer to the Muslim god, Allah. The church could not allow a prayer to a foreign god at the altar of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Muslim extremists have killed our soldiers in the name of Allah. How can we expect our veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and the Fort Hood killings to sit through a prayer to Allah?
Glen and Carolyn Swoveland
The church was right
The controversy about the Veterans Day concert performed at First Congregational Church in Traverse City is undeserved, and the record needs to be set straight. The church negotiated in good faith to bring in a Muslim congregational leader from Grand Rapids to sing the Muslim call to prayer at this concert. So what really happened that is not being widely reported on by the media?
The Muslim congregational leader requested that he be allowed to speak for five minutes about Islam to the audience from the church's pulpit and pass out copies of the Koran. That being the case, the church was right in not allowing proselytization of a different faith in its sanctuary. It is very disappointing to read so many letters passing judgment and condemning First Congregational Church without knowing all the facts.
Recently the superintendent of the Bloomfield Hills school district wrote a letter to families with an urgent call for residents to be informed about House Bills 6004 and 5923 and Senate Bills 1358 and 620.
Why has there been no call from Traverse City and other local school systems about the danger to public education these bills present? This package of bills is the latest in a year-long barrage of ideologically-driven bills designed to weaken and de-fund locally controlled public schools, handing scarce taxpayer funds over to for-profit education organizations that would be exempt from State Board of Education oversight and authority. The intended and unintended consequences from passage of any of these bills is unimaginable for the future of our public education.
Our lame-duck state legislators are attempting to pass these bills yet this month. Time is short before a vote will be held. Call and/or contact your legislators and Gov. Snyder today requesting the thoughtful development of educational bills that will honor the valued education programs in local communities.