Editor: I’m sure LaJuana Gillette is aware that this was originally a continent composed of many Native American nations all of which had their own religions, customs and ways of life. Huge numbers of Native American Indians lost their lives or were forced to relocate because they were an inconvenience to white invading settlers and referred to as being “the Indian problem”.
Indian children were forced to be relocated to Christian boarding schools where they were forbidden to us their native language, their native dress or practice their native culture. The American Indians have always had to fight for their ethnic survival.
All those actions took place long ago, in a time when religious and cultural tolerance was not the norm. Today, things hopefully have changed. For you to say that America belongs to the white people and has always been a Christian nation is ludicrous. Our original settlers were from many different religious and cultural sects. Today, this land is composed of many legitimate minority sects and many well established religions from all over the world. That is the tolerant and inclusive type of America that was envisioned and supported by our founding fathers. The message of tolerance and inclusion is even inscribed on the statue of Liberty. Gillette truly needs to broaden her view of what America is all about. If this nation is to fulfill its destiny, then we must be a little more tolerant than the viewpoints she is suggesting.
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