To the editor:
In the Nov. 11 issue of the LJW I read that a school board member, Austin Turney, is distressed by "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. As it is well known, so-called separation of state and religion is not based on the Constitution, or Bill or Rights, or like it is just a judgment of the Supreme Court.
Furthermore, I am surprised that Mr. Turney calls himself both religious and a patriot. How can he be distressed by "under God" being religious? Is he able to sing or listen to our national anthem? There is a couple of references to God in it. Is he distressed by the remaining two songs, competing with the anthem, "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America"? In both, references to God are frequent. If he cannot sing or listen to our patriotic songs he should not call himself a patriot. There is much better word describing this attitude: hypocrisy.