As a Roman Catholic, I was offended by the front page of the Sept. 16 (Poland) Town Crier that shows four Boy Scouts raising the American flag at Holy Family Catholic School with the headline “Start the year off right.” I think a better photograph of starting the year off right at a parochial school would have been children kneeling in prayer or receiving Holy Communion from Monsignor (William) Connell, pastor at Holy Family.
Has the curriculum at Holy Family shifted from love of God first to love of flag and country? The photograph with three of the scouts watching the flag being raised would certainly indicate that someone at the Town Crier is trying to send a subliminal message that God has taken on a secondary role at Holy Family, especially since the flag raising picture was a “photo special to the Town Crier.”
The Boy Scouts is an organization founded in England (officially a Protestant nation) in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell, an officer in the British Army, where today Catholics are a minority of 10 percent. Therefore, if I were a parent of a child currently enrolled at Holy Family, I would be very concerned about the emphasis of starting off the school year being placed on a flag-raising ceremony by four Holy Family boy students who could be mistaken for attending a public school, as there are no sacred religious images in the photograph.
John S. Luchansky