Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Illinois, the state capital. It’s titled America is faltering because we strayed from Bible. The newspaper has a comments feature.
Because today’s 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 William. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
When a city changes the source of its water and poisons its people, we call it criminal. When a country abandons the Biblical foundation of its legal and educational systems and poisons a generation of its people, we call it evolution.
Egad — the educational system is poisoning us! William explains:
America bars the Bible from the classroom and indoctrinates an entire generation in the belief (pitched as “settled science”) that we are not each a unique creation of God, not each a temple of the Holy Spirit and a unique potential expression of God’s will for us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but are merely the highest form to ascend from the evolutionary petri dish, next of kin to and one rung up the ladder from the chimpanzee, and then marvels when people grow self-absorbed and regard for others declines.
Of course. That’s our problem. It makes perfect sense! Let’s read on:
Shootings and suicides grow commonplace, racism abounds, addictions and overdoses reach epidemic proportions, and the 2015 Woman of the Year has not even been a woman FOR a year. This is progress?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Teaching evolution is responsible for shootings, suicides, and racism. And it’s also Darwin’s fault that the person once known as Bruce Jenner was named GLAMOUR’s Woman of The Year. William continues:
Educating people to believe they are but unaccountable animals, and acting surprised when they begin to listen, is reprehensible.
Indeed! At the end, William provides us with a killer quote:
As Noah Webster said, “No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
Noah Webster, the lexicographer and textbook writer? Wikipedia says:
Webster’s Speller was entirely secular by design. … There was no mention of God, the Bible, or sacred events. “Let sacred things be appropriated for sacred purposes,” wrote Webster. … Later in life Webster became intensely religious and added religious themes. However, after 1840 Webster’s books lost market share to the McGuffey Eclectic Readers of William Holmes McGuffey, which sold over 120 million copies
So there you are, dear reader. If Noah Webster said it, then no one can deny it. Great letter, William!
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