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Ehrlich view of religion is profoundly un-American [Letter]

Leave it to Bob Ehrlich to be an "equal opportunity" offender in his defense of the Supreme Court's Town of Greece v. Galloway decision ("Freedom of, not from, religion," June 1).

In his recent column he managed at one and the same time to disrespect both Christians and non-Christians alike.

First, the words "Jesus," "Christ" and "Christianity" appear nowhere in the U.S. Constitution — or for that matter in the Declaration of Independence.

Secondly, Mr. Ehrlich insists, as does conservative commentator George Will in a recent National Review article, that "you do not have a right to control the religious practice of others just because it offends you."

Mr. Ehrlich is on record as being fervently anti-multicultural. In the context of religion that means anti-pluralistic. In that respect, at least, he is being consistent: As far as he is concerned, America is a Christian country and members of other faiths need not apply.

His message is clear: Jews, Muslims, atheists and other must simply face the fact that the U.S. is not their country and that they are only allowed to live here only at the sufferance of the Christian majority, as an exercise in Christian tolerance.

So they shouldn't get uppity. Instead they should go sit in the back of the bus and shut up. Or, if they must speak, they should learn to say "Yes'm."

This was also the view of Mr. Ehrlich's golfing buddy, the late WBAL talk show host Ron Smith, as well as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

News flash, governor: This country is religiously pluralistic and becoming more so every day. Non-Christians qualify as full citizens in every respect.

Mr. Ehrlich should ask himself what Jesus would say about this matter. As it happens, the New Testament could not be clearer: Christians are to pray In private, not in public gatherings, such as at town meetings. The Greece prayer sanctioned by the Scalia-led court could not be more "Pharisee-like," and hence anti-Jesus and anti-Christian.

Congratulations to Mr. Ehrlich for carrying off the remarkable feat of insulting believers of all faiths simultaneously. Nothing could be more profoundly anti-American.

S.R. Cohen, Baltimore

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