To the editor:
I wonder what B. Tirrill-Dey intends when she says, “You can’t be all things to all people,” in her recent letter to the editor (Nov. 20, “Take a stand for what you believe”). But from her further references to the Bible and the Quran, I can only assume that she’s objecting to the Bill of Rights, in which the Founding Fathers guaranteed certain fundamental rights, including freedom of religion, to all citizens.
In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was presented to the people of the United States by the people of France, and has stood ever since in New York Harbor as a symbol of the nation and of welcome to immigrants hungry for the freedom and opportunity it represents. If the shock waves from bomb blasts in Paris should now cross the ocean and extinguish Lady Liberty’s torch, the terrorists will have won. Our country will no longer be the one that so many, including former immigrants, have fought to defend, and we will be unworthy of their legacy.
Better that we follow the example of those brave and defiant French who gather in the streets of Paris in the name of liberty, equality, fraternity — taking a stand for what they believe.