- - Thursday, October 1, 2020

There was a catch phrase many people used in response to the demonstrations of the ‘60s: “America, love it, or leave it.” With everything that’s happening today — the outright destruction not only of buildings, businesses, statues and monuments, but our very history and what America stands for — a similar slogan might be coined: “America, love it or lose it.”

Time was when folks worked hard, and while they might not have had much, they were truly thankful for the things they did have. Today even religion is under attack. Many are saying that religion itself is evil and anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ, anti-ommigrant, anti-people-of-color, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Religion teaches us that all life matters — and engaging in certain behaviors are contrary to sustaining an orderly, peaceful and prosperous society. Instead of killing our neighbor and cursing our great country, we should strive for the day when we identify ourselves as just Americans, one people living life in harmony. This can happen when we begin to recognize and honor our national motto: “In God We Trust.”

STEPHEN BALL

Lancaster, Ohio



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