Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Bobby. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I am writing this letter in response to the recent announcement by the State of Alabama Board of Education that next year they will be teaching evolution and climate change in the government schools.
We’ve seen news stories about that. This is typical: Alabama will require students to learn about evolution, climate change. It’s an AP story, so we’ll only give you the beginning of it, which says:
Alabama is updating its decade-old science standards to require that students understand evolution and learn about climate change, topics that can still be controversial in the Bible Belt state. Educators say the new rules — part of a major change that includes more experimentation and hands-on instruction and less lecturing — don’t require that students believe in evolution or accept the idea that climate is changing globally. But public school students will be required for the first time to understand the theory of evolution. And teachers will be required to address climate change, which wasn’t a focus the last time the state set science standards in 2005.
We didn’t post about it because we’ve been waiting for the creationist reaction. Now we’ve got it. Bobby tells us:
I’m sure you know evolution is a theory that many scientists say that the numerical odds of it happening could not be held in writing on a blackboard.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! At least Bobby didn’t copy some crazy number from a creationist website. Let’s read on:
The government by law says that God’s word cannot be brought into their schools; so creation cannot be taught or brought into the discussion either.
Egad — they can’t balance the blasphemy of evolution with creationism! That’s so unfair! Bobby declares:
This is just another example of Christianity and God being shoved out of our country, state and community.
“Shoved out”? Bobby seems not to know that, thanks to the Constitution, religion hasn’t been promoted by the federal government since the country started — see Is America a “Christian Nation”? Not only that, the Alabama Constitution, in Section 3, “Religious freedom,” says:
That no religion shall be established by law; that no preference shall be given by law to any religious sect, society, denomination, or mode of worship; that no one shall be compelled by law to attend any place of worship; nor to pay any tithes, taxes, or other rate for building or repairing any place of worship, or for maintaining any minister or ministry; that no religious test shall be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under this state; and that the civil rights, privileges, and capacities of any citizen shall not be in any manner affected by his religious principles.
Despite that prohibition on state activity, we assume that Alabama’s private schools can teach whatever they want. Nevertheless, Bobby is unhappy. He wails:
Where are our elected officials and Christian leaders? The silence is deafening.
He concludes his brief letter with a strident call for religious government, a/k/a theocracy::
I am a firm believer that these elected officials should be voted out of office from Washington to City Hall and term limits be put in place and those of us who believe in God’s word should go to the polls and elect those who also believe.
Be careful what you wish for, Bobby. The history of theocratic governments isn’t very inspiring. It may be pleasant to imagine that you’ll be one punishing unbelievers in the rack, but instead of being the rackor, you may become the rackee.
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