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Your Opinion: Christian features in public venues

Your Opinion: Christian features in public venues

December 7th, 2011 by Steve Sampson, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

I want to wish everyone that reads the News Tribune a very Merry Christmas and a very joyous New Year. I want to offer a very special Christmas greeting to Tony Smith, Bob Boldt, Robert Haslag and Milton Garber, if it weren't for you men I would have almost nothing to write a letter to the editor about.

If this letter gets posted prior to Dec. 13, I would like to call your attention to a concert that will be conducted in the Missouri State Capitol building Rotunda the evening of the Dec. 13.

The Jefferson City High School choirs will be performing their 74th annual Capitol Caroling. I have attended many times and have enjoyed the student's performance each and every time.

I want to point out to the aforementioned men, that the "public" high school students will be singing in the Missouri State Capitol building about an individual born some 2,000 years ago.

It is amazing that as you sit in the Rotunda you can observe excerpts of Holy Scripture engraved in the granite around the top of the first level of the Rotunda. Do you think that the Rev. Barry Lynn knows about this? You know, separation of church and state?

For a nation, that some would deny was formed as a Christian nation and with Christian principles isn't it ironic that even when anti-Christian groups have their meetings in the Rotunda, there are still all those pesky engraved Scriptures in the granite surrounding them? I think it is just great that we live in a country that affords all the opportunity to express their viewpoint.