After reading the front page article in Oct. 8’s paper about retired Gen. Michael Flynn’s “ReAwaken America” rally in Batavia, New York, I was just as much dismayed to read detractors of this rally arguing that this country is a “pluralistic democracy” when we are a republic, as I was with Flynn arguing to restore the United States to its “Christian roots” when Jesus Christ said that his kingdom was not of this world.

With our Constitution and its three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial), our republic protects individual rights regardless of what the majority thinks. My rights and freedom as a Christian to speak of what and why I believe as I do are just as protected as everyone else.

But nobody’s rights will be protected for long if we continue down this road that says the human will can deny basic biology in the fight for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It is pure folly to embrace a public philosophy that says our genetic codes are slaves to our wills to satisfy our appetites.

What is being fostered is not pluralism, but hatred of reason and rebellion against the truth.

Mark Wood, Poland

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