Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It’s titled Teach morals, not evolution. An icon below the headline will get you to the newspaper’s comments feature.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. But today’s letter is signed Rev. EDDIE TORRES. He’s something of a legend in New Jersey — see On a crusade to bring prayer to Camden schools. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
How do we change a culture cultivated in our public institutions? Secret Service officers, elected officials, college professors, principals and teachers are all deteriorating to degrading behaviors with low moral principles.
Yeah — everything’s falling apart. But the rev has the answers, so pay attention:
One of our Founding Fathers said our Constitution was made wholly for a moral people and is totally inadequate for any other. Our commonwealth in America recognizes an almighty God and we are shareholders with a representative government.
The rev is faking it with that vague attribution, so we’ll help him out — he’s referring to John Adams. As for “our commonwealth” recognizing God, that’s nowhere to be found in the Constitution. He can’t be talking about his state of New Jersey, because that doesn’t refer to itself as a commonwealth. As for being “shareholders” — that makes no sense anywhere. Citizens aren’t shareholders — but it’s a fancy sounding word so it makes the rev happy. Let’s read on:
The knowledge of God who sent Jesus is our self-evident truth by which we hold our union. We are all equally created and endowed, being redeemed to be called sons and daughters of the most high God.
That may be good preaching, but it’s terrible history — see Is America a “Christian Nation”? The rev’s letter continues:
The theory of evolution is a communist propaganda campaign to demoralize a nation under God.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s one of the best lines we’ve ever encountered in one of these letters. Here’s more from the good rev:
“In God We Trust” is our American motto because we have the witness of Jesus, which is being denied in a well-rounded education to children.
The rev knows what a well-rounded education is. And now we come to the end:
Cultivating critical thinkers of themselves and the facts is the goal of education and the future of democracy.
If rev Eddie’s letter is an example of critical thinking, well … we don’t need to say it. Anyway, we hope to hear more from this guy in the future. He’s very entertaining.
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