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Tune out fear-mon­gers

Re: Dec. 5 let­ter to the ed­i­tor, “Repub­lic of Texas.”

I read with great sad­ness the let­ter from the Le­an­der woman who felt per­se­cuted for her Chris­tian be­liefs. Ma’am, you need a hug. The truth is there’s a new brand of tele­vi­sion and ra­dio pro­gram­ming that preys on your fears. They know you care, so they find a mi­nor in­ci­dent and blow it out of pro­por­tion, just to en­rage you and keep your in­ter­est. How shame­ful. Look around: There is no war on Christ­mas. Even in lib­eral Austin, the city worked tire­lessly to get the Trail of Lights re­turned, de­spite lim­ited funds. Last week thou­sands of peo­ple sang Christ­mas carols on the Capi­tol steps.

As to your be­lief that you can no longer pray in school, noth­ing could be more un­true. Pray all you want. You sim­ply can­not force other peo­ple to pray. Please, ma’am, tune out the fear-mon­gers and open your eyes to the truth ... and ac­cep­tance ... that sur­rounds you.

‘Merry Christ­mas’

Re: Dec. 5 let­ter to the ed­i­tor, “Repub­lic of Texas.”

Where does she shop? I had no idea Le­an­der was so in­tol­er­ant. Where I shop in South Austin I have no prob­lem say­ing “Merry Christ­mas” or “Happy hol­i­days” to cashiers, clerks or any­one in gen­eral. I’m a Chris­tian raised athe­ist. My ex­pe­ri­ence is the oppo-

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