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What defines us, religion or citizenship?

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. finds it "shocking" that a 2006 Pew poll indicated 81 percent of British Muslims viewed themselves as Muslims first and British citizens second ("Multiculturalism is the enemy of democracy," June 2).

Presumably, Mr. Ehrlich would be equally alarmed at the millions of people in this country — many of them from his own political party — who would profess to be Christians first and Americans second. If not, it would be interesting to hear Mr. Ehrlich explain the distinction.

On the other hand, Christians could indeed be a potential threat. After all, in his own day, Jesus was considered a dangerous subversive, with all his talk about forgiveness, the seduction of wealth, turning the other cheek and caring for the poor and strangers.

Those words challenge our obsessions with consumption, property, power, celebrity and violence. Perhaps fortunately for the American way of life, few people take his ideas seriously enough to act on them.

George Kaplan, Colora

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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