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What Do You Think?

December 01, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Friday was: Should nativity scenes be permitted on government property during the holiday season?

Poll results:

Yes -- 930 votes (87 percent)

No -- 135 votes (13 percent)

o "This country was founded on freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. I would be no more offended by a Jewish menorah or a Kwanzaa flag displayed at any government building. That's because I believe in freedom and tolerance."

o "You almost have to purposely look for offense in some of the things people deem offensive. How is a display based on faith offensive? It might not be up your alley, but how does that warrant calling for its removal? Some people out there just want to pick a fight over whatever they can muster up."

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o "How interesting that these people are offended by the nativity and want it removed, but when there is a need in the community for food, clothing, etc., they want the churches to provide. Maybe it's not the nativity you have a problem with. Maybe it's your own conscience."

"It seems that the politicians are the ones that make a mess with this situation and stir up the trouble. The atheist in Chambersburg asked for equal time, not the removal of Christian symbols. Muslims and other religious groups have done the same and the officials overreact by taking down everything and caving in. If it is going to be so much trouble and cause Christians to feel so much anger and hate at this holy time of the year, maybe private businesses and property owners should allow these things to be placed on their property and take government out of the equation."

o "Individuals should definitely have the right to display whatever decorations they choose. I am OK with the government allowing Christian displays at Christmas. In fairness, the government then should allow Muslims and Jews and atheists and others the same opportunity for their holiday displays. ... The government should not be seen as sponsoring one religion over another. Choosing our religion is a basic right. The government has no role in it."

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