Letter: Scott B. Cypher, Sterling

Editor: Since May 2020, there have been more than 125 reported incidents of vandalism, arson, and other destructive incidents at Catholic sites, as well as other houses of worship and attacks on other faith groups. 

Houses of worship are set apart—holy—and should be treated with respect. An attack on these holy places is an attack on all humanity, undermining our collective civil dignity. 

Civic peace in a pluralistic society demands freedom of worship without fear and protected by law and order. 

Let’s encourage our federal congress to adequately fund the nonprofit security grant program. 

Scott B. Cypher, Sterling

5 thoughts on “Letter: Scott B. Cypher, Sterling

  • 2022-04-15 at 7:43 pm
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    I agree wholeheartedly with the letter writer. Anti-Catholic sentiments are alive & well throughout America. Loudoun is no exception. Many people don’t realize it wasn’t until 1961 that we had a Catholic president (JFK). The only other Catholic president is Joe Biden. We have a long way to go before all segments of society truly are embraced & valued. Happy Easter Loudoun!

  • 2022-04-15 at 9:35 pm
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    The Constitution prohibits the funding of anything for religious institutions. I attend Catholic Mass weekly and I’m usually armed when I do. However the 2nd Amendment is only valid if the 1st Amendment is also observed. Separation of Church & State means exactly that, religious organization do not pay taxes and should not benefit from taxes.

    • 2022-04-18 at 12:20 pm
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      “Separation of Church and State” is never mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. The First Amendment simply states that that Congress may not make any law regarding the establishment of any religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof. What the founders were trying to avoid was a Church of England situation where the head of state (reigning monarch, in the case of Church of England) is also the head of the official state-sponsored religion. And before anyone tries to claim otherwise, anyone attempting to practice a religious requirement of a human or animal sacrifice would likely find themselves in jail for murder or animal cruelty because these things violate other tenets of society… despite their being a restriction on the free exercise of a religion, they violate the rights of the victim of such an act.

    • 2022-04-18 at 4:22 pm
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      Let’s hope you tell the person next to you you’ve brought a deadly weapon into the Church. They might want to sit elsewhere since you might just jump up and start shooting some day.

      • 2022-04-21 at 8:56 pm
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        Too many heavily-armed legends in their own mind walking around. These people are the scourge of America.

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