Monday, August 2, 2021

Kings holiday important to all

This is in response to the letters about Martin Luther King Jr. Day and “Christ deserves a day off like MLK” (SN 1/22). We already have two honoring Christ - Christmas and Easter. These are Christian holidays. One is always on a Sunday and thus most of us are off from work, but on the other hand, most of us get Christmas and usually the day before or after off, whether we are Christian or not. We Christians can put the “Christ” back into that holiday by worshiping as we choose.

MLK did have a significant impact on civil rights. If we honor Abraham Lincoln, certainly we have time to honor King. After a few years of having MLK holiday as a school holiday with students not attending, our local school board petitioned to have school on that day and to have the students actively participating in and doing activities to learn about King. This worked out very well, as our school district was about 98 percent white, and most of these students would not have the exposure to the impact King had on this country if they had stayed home to watch cartoons.

The religious “right” need to keep in mind that the United State does not have an official religion. This is not a Christian country. The founding fathers, who were mostly deists, left it at that - separation of church and state. Let’s keep it that way, folks.

Carolyn Schein
office assistant
MSU Inventory Department

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