was a prank, Gee if you can't trust the internet.....
Still, as I am sure many of you know, this does indeed reflect the attitude of a lot of people. In fact the idea that you "have to believe in something" has been expressed to me more than a few times.
A concept by the way that I have never understood.
Well in a way I am a little gratified to learn that there was no Alaskan who seriously sent this to their local newspaper. Don't get me wrong, there are still a lot of batshit crazy Alaskans (Looking at YOU Wasilla.), but at least none of them wrote this letter as anything but a joke.