We’ve had several complaints lately, all saying: “Hey, Curmy — how come you never write about anything from Wales?” Well, okay. Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at WalesOnline, the publisher of several Welsh newspapers. They’re located in Cardiff, the capital. Is that Welsh enough? The letter is titled Values are rooted in Christianity (it’s the second letter at that link).
We don’t embarrass letter-writers by using their full names, unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures. We can’t figure out who this guy is, and he doesn’t even use his first name. His first two initials are RH, so that’s what we’ll call him. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
There has been a call for “British values” to be taught in our schools, with the current Education Secretary Nicky Morgan pushing for “British values” to be added to the early years curriculum.
He’s referring to something we wrote about recently — UK Bans Tax-Funded Creationist Nursery Schools. We were wondering when we’d hear from someone who opposed that policy. RH then says:
Ms Morgan is quoted as saying that “there can be no place for extreme views anywhere in the education system.” I gather that one example of extremism would be to teach that the human race is the result of special creation rather than a “molecules to man” evolutionary process.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! “Molecules to man” is a favorite phrase of ol’ Hambo. The infection has spread to Wales. Let’s read on:
It seems to me that to teach impressionable young minds the theory of evolution as fact while incontrovertible proof of it is lacking, is as extreme as it gets!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We love this guy! He continues:
The founder of the Christian faith, Jesus Christ, was no evolutionist.
Perhaps not. However, there is a section of the New Testament that is entirely compatible with natural selection. We wrote about it here: Is Evolution in the Bible? (Part 2). Back to the letter:
He referred to the Biblical creation account as history. [Scripture references] and so did His disciples. Special creation is foundational to a logical Gospel message.
That too is Hambo’s position on things. RH is a worthy disciple. Moving along:
If British values is to mean anything at all, surely it must be linked with Christianity; since it is our Christian heritage which has been at the root of what is good and honourable in this country, and upon which its laws were established.
We won’t bother to present a list of the numerous religious conflicts that have … ah, enlivened British history. Nor will we mention non-religious influences that have been entirely beneficial. Okay, we’ll make an exception for the Scottish Enlightenment. It’s obvious to anyone who has read even a minimal amount of history that there’s considerably more to Great Brittan than religion.
Here’s the very predictable end of the RH letter:
So before we instruct our schoolchildren in British values perhaps we should first ensure that they are conversant with the true source of these values.
There you have it, dear reader. RH says that we should teach Oogity Boogity first. Then everything will fall into place. Great idea, RH!
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