Daniel Lea (letter Jan. 28) proposes a challenge for anyone to give an example of a lost freedom or right over the past 30 or 40 years. How about the right to life? Forty-two years ago, an unborn child’s right to life was lost and became subject to the whim of the potential birth mother. How about the right to speak of God on a high-school campus? A generation ago, choirs and bands could perform Christmas carols at high-school concerts. Today, most school districts have replaced traditional Christian-themed carols with generic songs of snow and candy canes.
The insidiousness of the culture wars has led people to believe our rights and freedoms have not been eroded. I just proffered two examples where our rights to life and free speech have, indeed, been eroded, if not eliminated. Perhaps Mr. Lea is gratified that abortion is legal and that God is virtually invisible in public schools. That’s his privilege. Just don’t try to convince the rest of us that freedoms are intact and nothing has changed. Stalin would be proud.
Christopher G. Tasy