Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Alexandria Echo Press, a twice-weekly newspaper published in Alexandria, Minnesota. It’s titled Teenagers can handle diversity, and the newspaper has no comments section.
Unless the writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name, but today we have an exception. Her name is Deanne Novotny, and she’s a leader in her community, as can be seen in this earlier article in that newspaper: Deanne Novotny honored with Ernie Unruh Christian Service Award. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
A famous Bible verse says that there is a thief in this world that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. (Jn. 10:10). We are indeed accomplices to this thief, if we, and organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, force public schools into allowing only the ideas of materialism.
What’s wrong with materialism? Deanne explains:
This [materialism] is a manmade faith system that relies on mathematical and scientific improbabilities.
Wow — that sounds terrible! What else is wrong with materialism?
It includes the belief that life arose from non-life. Yet this and other debatable humanistic beliefs are taught, even in science classes, as fact, with little or no scrutiny. How about moving such thinking to a philosophy class, where it can be surveyed with other belief systems?
What alternate belief system is being “stolen” from the school kids? Deanne says:
Unlike godless religions, the biblical worldview depends on the real, historical Jesus, who said He was the “Alpha and the Omega” and “the Truth.”
Oh, of course — Deanne wants public schools to teach what’s in the bible. She tells us:
Teenagers, especially, need to know, and can handle, diversity of thought. They do not need to be “protected” from the words of the Bible, as secular humanists often decry. I submit it is tragic to not know biblical truth. It pains me to see kids desperately seeking answers to the big questions of life, and only being able to receive politically correct answers.
Someone should explain to Deanne that the public schools are run by the government with money taken from taxpayers. The Constitution of the State of Minnesota, in Article I, Bill of Rights, says:
Sec. 16. Freedom of conscience; no preference to be given to any religious establishment or mode of worship. The enumeration of rights in this constitution shall not deny or impair others retained by and inherent in the people. The right of every man to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience shall never be infringed; nor shall any man be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any religious or ecclesiastical ministry, against his consent; nor shall any control of or interference with the rights of conscience be permitted, or any preference be given by law to any religious establishment or mode of worship; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the state, nor shall any money be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious societies or religious or theological seminaries.
Deanne isn’t concerned with that. She continues:
Jesus said we would have trials in this world. He offers Himself as the solution. So, let’s not be like Pilate who scornfully asked Jesus, “What is truth?” and then walked away without waiting for an answer.
And now we come to the end:
Let’s give, not steal or ignore, the Word of Life that saves and satisfies minds and souls.
That was lovely, Deanne, but no one is stopping you from teaching whatever you like at home, in church, or in any other private venue. However, you can’t teach your version of The Truth™ in state-run, tax supported schools.
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