Thank you letter

Dear Mr. Weinstein,

 

 I am from a devout Christian family where my siblings and I attended religious school outside of our normal schooling.  I am quite comfortable with religion being discussed in most situations. In fact, it wasn’t until I had a Jewish co-worker that I realized how often the Christian faith is assumed to be the belief system shared by everyone in the room.  

 

 The military has sent me overseas.  Here I am surrounded by members of many faiths and many cultures.  Being from a relatively small town, this has been a culture shock. I couldn’t be happier!  When I walk out the base gate, I’m confronted with a language I can barely understand or read (though I’m getting better).  No one outside the gates has asked me my religious beliefs, nor have they looked twice when I watched a religious service taking place at their temples and shrines.  

 

 Here in Okinawa, a bible was displayed on the POW/MIA table in a galley frequented by local nationals.  You will rarely find a local national whose life, and the life of their families, wasn’t affected by the war on Okinawa.  The local nationals are not all Christians, neither are all American prisoners of war and those missing in action. That table should stand for everyone.

 

 Thank you so much for taking up the cause of protecting all religions, including my Christian faith.  Reading through your mail, I am not sure you get enough credit for that. I do not feel removing a Christian Bible from a POW/MIA table is in any way offensive, because I know that not every service member who didn’t come home was a Christian.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Name and all other ID Withheld

 

 

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