To the Editor: I am writing about the lawsuit filed to have the Bible at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center removed.

I’m writing as someone who has dealt with extreme trials over the past several years. I can honestly say if it were not for my Bible, I don’t know if I would have survived. I’m not being hyperbolic or figurative. I mean it. For those who don’t know, there is a Living Presence in the Bible; a Spirit, that is alive. It rescued me. I spoke to a few others during that time who’ve had the same experience.

But that’s not even the main point. The point is, if we want to remember and honor this brave prisoner of war who owned the Bible on display, how can we deny him the right to tell us where his help came from? I can only picture him; alone, in pain, holding his Bible in his cramped, dark quarters, reading the words that beamed light and love into his soul and gave him the strength to hold on.

Who are we to tell him he can’t have this memorial? If he had survived with a dog or a diary, no one would object to displaying mementos of them. So why should his faith be disallowed? Because it offends someone?

I don’t get it.

HILLARIE GOLDTSEIN

Franklin

HILLARIE GOLDTSEIN

Franklin