Creationist Wisdom #757: Religion in Public Schools

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.

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5 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #757: Religion in Public Schools

  1. Ross Cameron

    Must make teachers cry when they see the waste of education on pupils like Tom.

  2. Eric Lipps

    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.

    Not subject to change, eh? Check out this article on the Douay-Rheims Bible.

    Not political, you say? Well, it’s sure used that way, by right and left alike.

  3. Those damned intellects, always explaining things.

  4. Perhaps someone should offer to build a madrassa next door. Students could “take classes at both, and graduate from either.” I’m sure Tom would be completely supportive.

  5. Tom is likely to have much to celebrate in the near future, as Neil Gorsuch takes his seat on the SCOTUS::

    Gorsuch will soon have a chance to make his presence felt. Next Thursday, the supreme court is scheduled to hear arguments in Trinity Lutheran church v Comer, pitting a Missouri church against a state agency that excluded the church from a program providing recycled asphalt. The church argued that its playground, which it wanted to resurface, was open to the public in summer and thus should be eligible for state assistance. Missouri determined that as a religious institution, the church was not eligible for state-funded improvements.

    Conservative groups have framed it as a “religious freedom” case, a versatile phrase that has also been applied to demands by religious business owners that they not be required to provide services to people they object to or to provide federally mandated contraception coverage to their employees.

    Gorsuch has ruled on the second issue directly, in perhaps his best-known case to date, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc v Sebelius. In that case, owners of the retail outlet sought dispensation from a requirement in Barack Obama’s healthcare law that employers provide insurance coverage for oral contraceptives for employees. Gorsuch sided with the owners in a ruling that cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a “super-statute”. Elsewhere, Gorsuch has ruled sympathetically in cases involving the erection of Ten Commandments monuments in public spaces.

    Gorsuch is not eligible to vote on cases in which arguments were held before he was seated. But even before hearing arguments in the Trinity Lutheran case, Gorsuch will have a chance to shape the court’s agenda.

    We shall see…