Dear editor,

A writer to this page (11/12/13) curiously finds fault with two issues not found in my letter of 11/8/13. He infers that my letter attempted to censure Warren City Council, a councilman, and the non-action of that body. Perhaps a closer reading would elicit a different perception. The reference to Council’s involvement in Music in the Park seems clear enough since it was and is merely a backdrop for the wider problem of the growing anti-Christian bias found in this country and others in the Middle East and Africa.

While “the combination of church with state is feared,” so too is the state against the church. However, fear has seldom been a motivation for Christian behavior. The animus of this administration is evidenced by its replacement of military leaders who are openly Christian and the failure to protect the rights of Christians serving under them. Not did this administration take action when the Egyptian Government under the Muslim Brotherhood murdered Christians and burned churches. Furthermore, each year we read of local governments which restrict the display of Christian symbols, actions not proscribed by the Constitution.

As my critic points out, “government represents a concentration of power and power often seeks control,” But, perhaps the greater concern is the attitude of many outside of any official capacity who are willing to allow the erosion of any right enumerated in the Constitution to be gradually taken away because they are not personally affected and see it as infringement of their personal perception of what can be tolerated.

Secondly, he finds fault in my failure to address the topic of the government’s role in the issue of the separation of church and state. While volumes can be written about this subject, I felt that a modest epistle of five sentences was not the proper forum. However, the issue of the separation of church and state is only part of a broader and more threatening problem: that of the gradual erosion of all our God-given rights-rights which secure the blessings of sweet liberty.


Dean Berry


P.S. I wonder if a Buddhist or an agnostic who subscribes to the Christian doctrine of helping the poor or turning the other cheek could be called one of the “Christian faithful?”