I am writing this letter having just attended the fireworks show at Bakersfield College. I was looking forward to a great display of patriotism, and instead my family and I got to suffer through an hour of Christian proselytization. Exactly when did Independence Day become a Christian holiday? When did the Fourth of July become about anything other than America and all who love her?

On the one day when all Americans are supposed to be united despite our differences, the organizers of this event chose to be divisive. Using what should have been a purely patriotic event to force their religious beliefs on people is not only disrespectful to their fellow non-Christian citizens, it's a slap in the face to every non-Christian man and woman who has lost life or limb for this nation. Next year we will attend an event where all the praise that is given is for America and her heroes.

Jeremy Greenlee