I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or his culture here in the United States. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, most Americans have experienced a surge in patriotism. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining that our patriotism was offending others.
I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. However, the idea of America being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.
Americans have our own culture developed over centuries of struggles. We speak English - not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language.
Therefore, if anyone wishes to become part of our society, they must learn the English language. "In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women founded this nation.
It is certainly appropriate to display that motto on the walls of our schools. If God offends others, then I suggest they live in another country because God is - and always will be - part of our culture.
If the "Stars and Stripes" offends anyone, or if someone doesn't like Uncle Sam, then he should move to another part of the planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how others did things where they came from. Remember, "Delta is ready when you are," and they can have them there by nightfall...
Robert B. Rackliffe, Belvedere, S.C.