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 Garry (yes, that’s how he spells it). Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I applaud proponents of House Bill 425 for their attempt to re-establish the constitutional rights of our students (Dispatch article, “Bill seeks more room for religion,” Sunday). It’s a sad commentary on the state of our country that we’ve allowed intimidation from the American Civil Liberties Union and others to limit our right to religious expression.
Here’s that earlier article to which Garry refers: Bill would allow more religious expression in Ohio schools. It says:
Current law allows a district to limit the exercise of a student’s religion to lunch periods or other non-instructional time when students are free to associate. A House committee has started hearings on a bill that would eliminate that restriction. Instead, House Bill 425 says students may engage in religious expression “before, during, and after school hours … to the same extent that a student is permitted to engage in secular activities.”
That could cause trouble in the classroom, but it’s not, strictly speaking, a creationism bill. If you’re interested, this is a link to the text of House Bill 425 (pdf file), and this is where you can track the bill’s progress through the legislature. It was just filed, and it’s currently sitting in the House Community and Family Advancement committee. Okay, back to Garry’s letter:
In this the land of liberty, students should not be told when they are permitted to express their religious beliefs, or that they may not examine the scientific evidence that supports a supernatural conclusion.
Yeah — in this land of liberty, there should be no restrictions on students at all. But what, specifically, is Garry talking about? Let’s read on:
It’s interesting that the ACLU would bring up evolution in voicing its opposition to this bill. What civil liberty is it seeking to protect in not allowing the critical examination of evolution? Currently, evolutionary ‘theory’ is taught as dogma in our public schools. Students aren’t permitted to examine the strong scientific evidence against the theory, nor examine evidence that supports anything other than a godless conclusion as the explanation for life.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let students examine the “strong scientific evidence” against evolution. Garry continues:
Shouldn’t we seek the truth in our scientific endeavors, regardless of where the evidence points?
Yes, we certainly should! Ah, now Garry gives us some examples of what he wants students to explore:
This used to be the case with the founders of modern science, such as Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, Francis Bacon, Louis Pasteur, and Blaise Pascal, but at some point along the way we decided to limit truth to only that which doesn’t include God.
He’s right — schools should stop censoring all the supernatural evidence those guys uncovered! And now we come to the end of Garry’s letter:
Let’s again examine all the scientific evidence, and not limit our search for truth.
Great letter, Garry. Thanks for telling us about that bill in Ohio. We’ll be watching.
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