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It’s not wise to ridicule the Big Guy

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 To the editor:

Many believers endeavor to improve life for all people — believers,  nonbelievers, the misguided — in the name of God. Many atheists are content to quietly live their philosophy and allow others to practice their own beliefs. Atheist extremists, however, feel the need to force their philosophies on people who don't want or need them.

The overwhelming majority of Americans know that prayer is the answer to life's questions and struggles. Americans must be allowed to pray in  churches, schools, public areas, wherever they wish. One goal of extremists is to strip away that freedom.

Another extremist goal is to promote their version of separation of church and state. Extremists deliberately misrepresent the principle of the First  Amendment, which already leads to that separation. Actually, their hidden agenda is to undermine religious ideas — the very principles that America was founded on.

Some atheists are devoted to improving the lives of others, just as believers are. However, extremists engage in unproductive activities like:

The 2013-14 commissioning of monuments in Starke and Williston, which are merely knee-jerk reactions to memorials previously erected there by believers to celebrate their God-given freedoms.

Placing an offensive digital billboard in New York City's Times Square  during the 2013 Christmas season.

Erecting a billboard near MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the 2014 Super Bowl. It's intent was to humorously mock prayer. It turned out to be pretty much a head-scratcher.

Will they ever learn that it isn't productive to ridicule the Big Guy and to annoy others?

Joe O'Hara

Ocala