Legion member has issue with atheist
A member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Harbour Grace wasn’t too impressed with the comments of an atheist woman from the Conception Bay North area who felt she was singled out during a Remembrance Day ceremony last fall. Joy French-Coleman tells us why in a letter to the editor.
I’m not long back from visiting family in Florida and am reading some back issues of The Compass.
I came across a really good picture of our Remembrance Day ceremony in Harbour Grace, for which I thank The Compass, but the article really made me have to reply to the adjoining interview with someone who for whatever reason is calling herself Andrea — not her real name.
The crux of the article tells me she was offended, because of her atheistic beliefs, that two women who she says should have been praying were looking at her. I’m in the Royal Canadian Legion and I was there praying in my uniform standing and sitting proudly to pay tribute to our brave men and women who gave their lives for all of us.
I was in prayer, but not all the time do I have my head bowed, my eyes closed, or my hands folded, but I’m still in a mode of prayer. I also could be looking around, setting my eyes here and there on people, trees, or the sky.
How does Andrea know what was in the two women’s minds or hearts regarding that moment in time? She doesn’t. Persecution comes in many forms for us Christians too, my dear. People swearing all around us — that’s our Lord’s name taken in vain. People laughing when we say that we’ll pray for them. People stare when we say grace in public. A young girl in Ottawa was expelled from school for carrying her Bible on the school grounds. I could go on and on.
In the United States, families have to pay outrageous amounts to go to a Christian school, in a country that says on their money, “In God we trust” — they have to pay for their Christianity. It’s appar- ently the same here now at some schools in St. John’s, and on our Newfoundland and Labrador coat of arms it says Matthew 6:33, a Bible verse — “seek first God’s Kingdom.”
Christians all over the world are being murdered for their faith, and you get upset over two women who you think were looking at you? Our Lord Jesus told us that in this world we would have tribulation but hang in there, we will overcome if we continue in the faith. This keeps us Christians strong and able to keep our heads up.
Perhaps Andrea you could give this whole situation more thought. If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen comes to my mind right now. So I’m praying for you and yours. Joy French-Coleman writes from Harbour Grace