We learn from past mistakes
The writer who laments our nation turning away from God in the April 8 edition of the Maryland Independent, seems to yearn for a return to a very brief period (I suspect the 1950s) that really did not exist as she remembers. The education and quality of life benefits of the shining city were denied to many; Birmingham was called Bombingham for a reason, “Judeo Christian ethics” was not a common construct as Jews were not admitted to many clubs and residential areas; a politician felt compelled to explain his position on separation of public duties from Catholic obligations. Aside from that, historically our nation regrettably embraced some practices that were not very “Godly,” treatment of American Indians, slavery, child labor, hostile treatment of immigrants, forced interment of Japanese American citizens, to name a few.
In spite of that, this is a great country because we try to right our wrongs. The acts that the writer sees as leading to our downfall were exactly that — making wrongs right.