Le­gion mem­ber has is­sue with athe­ist

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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

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