To The Editor:

I appreciate your articles — some more than others, of course.

I also see the differences in our beliefs, morals and social lives. Americans are supposed to see differences, and still be able to speak without being called “hate-mongers.” We expect our neighbors to be neighbors, not enemies.

Because of my Christian beliefs, I am labeled. That is all right. The Bible calls us “peculiar” and that is not a slur. We are different. We think differently than the world around us. But that does not mean we lose our right to speak, vote and protest.

Right now, this administration has done much harm to what used to be a Christian nation. And it seems the harm gets worse each day. This last few weeks, I think, is like waking the sleeping giant of the second World War.

When the crown believed the 13 Colonies should be taxed more heavily, they rebelled. Thomas Jefferson called for a day of prayer and fasting before he penned the Declaration of Independence.

It was a long, hard fight, but America gained freedom. With the help of Almighty God, we shall regain lost freedoms, and keep those that seem to be slipping away, in the next election.

We have come a long way since 1776, and there were Bransons and Thorntons in Virginia at that time. I am proud of our ancestors. Many saw hard times and many were poor as church mice, but I admire them for their tenacity. I am a by-product of my ancestors. Thank you, Lord.