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Posted: June 10, 2009 12:30 a.m.

They died for freedom

Dear Editor: Mr. Harwell, I am one of those Jehovah's Witnesses you recently decided to write about and am also a Vietnam Veteran, who had to go through a very hard time after I came home and there was no flag waving for us.

The reason I am writing is about your misinformation about Jehovah's Witnesses. While it is true that we do not salute the flag, which has been treated and deemed as an object of worship, we do not desecrate it either. We stand respectfully as a matter of honor to those who wish to salute the flag. Nor do we burn it or stomp on it as I've seen "Americans" do who seem to disagree about almost anything these days. We teach our children to be just as respectful in school or otherwise.

Yes, the Supreme Court had it right when it decided in favor of Jehovah's Witnesses. In fact many lawyers and knowledgeable people know there were many decisions handed down in favor of Jehovah's Witnesses that guaranteed (yours and mine) personal freedoms of worship to this day. It seems to me that is what those brave men and others fought for - is it not, or am I mistaking the reason they laid down their lives? So please, I understand your patriotism, but do not denigrate my freedom of worship for which those brave men died.

 


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