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Letter: Marginalized by Prayer

To the Editor:

Amen to Steve Nelson and his dissection of what it is like to be an atheist in this country (“No One Can Opt Out of Religion in Civic Life,” May 11). The Supreme Court’s ruling further institutionalizes the marginalization of atheists because of prayers invoked at government meetings. Like Nelson, I too am deeply offended and equally unelectable. Because I refuse to pretend about religion, I feel, and have always felt, alienated by the very things Mr. Nelson cites as the court’s narrow-mindedness and nonsensical thinking.

This is, of course, in addition to having to endure continued religious intonations in statehouses and the U.S. Congress and the word “God” on the coins in my pocket. I agree that this is a form of bullying. We do not condone bullying in schools, so why do we let our Supreme Court sanction it in our public meeting places? It’s straight-out marginalization. My only refuge from this nonsense in my domicile, where there is no danger of prayer before meals unless, of course, it is to the non-Supreme-Court-approved Flying Spaghetti Monster. Guess it’s a good thing I have no political aspirations either, eh?

Cindy Blakeslee

Bradford, Vt.