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Linda Allewalt calls much-needed attention (“Ten Commandments need to come down,” April 20) to the illegal and discriminatory posting of religious doctrine in Shelby County government offices.
As a native and lifelong (off and on) resident of Shelby County, I am embarrassed and apologetic that Ms. Allewalt suffered narrow-minded intolerance in my hometown. Giving the apparent official endorsement of a particular faith promotes intolerance. For example, a couple of years ago a friend, an Arab and recent arrival in our community, was attacked verbally in a downtown Shelbyville store for being a Muslim.
Likewise, I too as a public supporter of religious freedom have received crude and threatening verbal attacks by E-mail, phone and on Main Street by several fellow Shelby Countians.
As Ms. Allewalt’s essay points out, separation of government and religion is the bedrock of our constitutional freedoms. Do we need to be reminded that the separation of church and state was our founding fathers’ response to the persecutions and cruelties of European state religions from which our ancestors fled? And that one of the most vociferous groups to plead for separation of church and state was the Baptists? By respecting the rights of each we ensure the rights of all. Ms. Allewalt is right: The Ten Commandments need to come down.
Lucinda Hedden Coffman
Offended by removal
I was horrified to read about the Ten Commandments being removed from the courthouse. How did we come to this as a nation that we are not “allowed” to display a religious symbol of our nation’s Judeo-Christian foundation in our government buildings. Our very laws are built upon the precepts of the Ten Commandments!
I am sorry that oneperson was offended. I am offended (and thousands more like me) that these very basic commandments from God were removed.
How can the display of these be against the law? What law? When did we vote on this?
The main reason our nation has been so blessed is because our founders dedicated this land to God and to the furtherance of His gospel of love and truth. As we move farther and farther away from acknowledging this, we can expect the Lord and His blessings to move farther and farther away from us.
The Ten Commandments represent basic rules for right living, whether you are a Christian or not.
If this woman was offended, then that is something between her and God and should not result in taking away what thousands of us in this county believe in and hold sacred.
Thanks for help on diaper bags
Making Ends Meet extends a huge thank you to everyone who helped sew diaper bags at our studio on March 31. Twenty-five women came from not only Shelbyville but also Taylorsville, Lexington and Louisville to create these beautiful gifts that will be given to the young mothers enrolled in the Teen Mom Programs at both Shelby County and Martha Layne Collins High Schools.
Thank you to Leesa Stivers and Christina Olsson, high school resource center coordinators, for giving us the idea; to Finchville Baptist Church for donating beautiful handmade baby blankets and afghans; to Burks Branch Baptist Church for donating baby wipes and toys; and especially to the ladies who came and worked all day. Together, we created 25 diaper bags that had been designed specifically for this project. Each bag will carry with it all the care, prayer and love that went into making all of them.
Leslie McCarthy, Owner, Making Ends Meet
The best tour
Shelbyville is the Saddlebred Capital of the World, and the best tour in town is right here, at Undulata Farm. It seems few locals take advantage of it but it is a wonderful tour given by Charlie Kramer of the tourism bureau and Edward ”Hoppy” Bennett. It is available upon request, and I have personally experienced it many times, taking out-of-town visitors to experience the grandeur and beauty of the Saddlebred world.
This beautiful agriculture tour includes the elegant home, so well restored and not only with the explanations and history of the Saddlebreds, but a tour of the ring, a foal with its mother, yearlings, 2-year-olds, the trainers engaged in their daily workouts and grounds. During the equine world competition, we were invited to the fair grounds to see the horses from Undulata as well as the riders from all over the world. Those of us who could not get to Lexington during that time got a small view of that wonderful competition.
So if you have a morning when you would like to see more of what Shelbyville has to offer to the world, call the tourist office and enjoy this complimentary tour of Undulata Farm. Thanks to Charlie Kramer and the Shelby county visitors bureau and the staff and owners of the farm.
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