Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Echo Press, a twice-weekly newspaper published in Alexandria, Minnesota, and it’s titled Teaching creationism in schools. The newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.
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 Tom. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In your March 24 issue, Ken Howell posted an opinion, which appears to question the legitimacy of teaching creation in our schools.
Someone actually questioned the legitimacy of teaching creationism in public schools? Shocking! This is the letter Tom is talking about: Bill promoted by NorthStar Christian Academy hurts Minnesota students. Well, phooey on Ken Howell! Tom says:
Scripture tells us that, “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.” When was this? We don’t know, but thousands of years ago.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This is going to be fun. After that strong opening, Tom tells us:
Since then, but most recently, man has attempted to explain how this happened. Was it creation or evolution? And with that, came the great debate. Is all of life a result of creation or evolution? What part of evolution created life? Scientists have never been able to create it. There is no evidence to establish it.
This is the kind of blithering letter we like. Tom continues:
Then came the intellects to explain it. By whom? By philosophers and now in many cultures of learning. [Huh?] Then came the legal scholars who determined that the two can’t mix in schools even though the debate is a fundamental part of their profession.
Tom never heard of the Constitutional separation of church and state. Let’s read on:
Mr. Howell stated that no churches in our community practice the religious release time option.
Howell’s letter explained what that is. He said:
A bill introduced in the Minnesota Senate E-12 Policy Committee (SF1281) would allow students who attend a public school to earn one third of their graduation credits at a private school. This bill clearly serves the interest of NorthStar Academy, but not public or private high school students. … NorthStar Christian Academy leaders presented their concept for a “supplemental school” at a District 206 School Board meeting in June 2015. Under the NorthStar vision, AAHS enrolled students would walk between the high school and future NCA building, take classes at both, and graduate from either.
Howell doesn’t like the idea, but Tom does. He tells us:
In my day they did [things like that]. Now they still do through many other options and because of the availability of facilities like the NorthStar Christian Academy and its creators who now need your support.
Hey — Tom got credit for attending a church school, and he turned out okay. So why can’t kids do it now? This is how his letter ends:
Mr. Howell also states that the NorthStar Academy’s objective is to bring their religious perspective into our high school. The Word alone, not subject to change, is for all people. It is not political.
Tom knows what’s good for the kids. And now, so do you.
Copyright © 2017. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.