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Why I reject Bladensburg’s Peace Cross

In his Sept. 23 Local Opinions commentary, “The Peace Cross helps us remember,” Joe Myers attempted to minimize my concerns about a Christian symbol on government land in Bladensburg as merely a case of “delicate sensibilities.”

My concern is for those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice yet who are treated as second class because they happened to be non-Christian. In all of our wars, there were Jews, followers of Native American traditional religions, followers of Eastern religions and the non-religious. Should their values be overshadowed by a monument that expresses only the dominant view?

Arlington National Cemetery, by contrast, recognizes all of our veterans. A symbol of faith or philosophy is permitted each gravestone. There is no favor shown to any belief. That’s the American way. Shouldn’t the state of Maryland do likewise?

Fred Edwords, Greenbelt

The writer is national director of the United Coalition of Reason.

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