To the Editor:

I am shocked to read about the prejudices some people feel towards gay people, especially when some of these attitudes come from churches.

I believe God has created all of us, including gays. If anyone has questions in this regard, they should take it up with God, and no one else.

I was born and raised in New Milford. When my parents first came here, they were illiterate. But people here were friendly to everyone, regardless of race, color or creed. As an Orthodox Jew, I worked side by side with the Christian brethren at Christmas to raise money for the poor.

I believe those rabbis who believe the word Christmas should be abolished because of its religious content are off base. If we wish society to respect the Jewish faith, we must respect the Christian faith.

New Milford has the longest, and one of the most picturesque, greens in New England, surrounded by churches with their steeples pointed to the heavens.

The First Congregational Church was generous to the Jews by making its facilities available for our services many years ago. This enabled the small Jewish population to eventually establish its own Temple Sholom along Route 7.

I was able to establish a thriving law practice and to own one of the most picturesque colonial buildings on the Green.

I practiced law for 65 years and retired two years ago at the age of 90.

I followed the advice of my mother, which was, "Don't charge the poor." As a result, I had a good relationship with my clients.

God Bless New Milford and America.

Harry Cohen

New Milford