We’ve only used the graphic above this post once before, back in 2010, but we were reminded of it by today’s letter-to-the-editor which appears in the Hiawatha World, a weekly newspaper in Hiawatha, Kansas (population 3,172).
The letter is titled Causes for school violence. The newspaper has a comments section, but there aren’t any comments yet.
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 Bill. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I would like to commend the high school students for organizing and expressing their opinions against school violence. However, I would encourage the students and their parents to look deeper into the causes, and the answers to those causes. Are the media correct when they imply that the problem is only guns and mental health, or has there been a change in our culture?
What’s the answer? Bill has looked deeper than you, dear reader, and he says:
Are you no longer taught that there is a supernatural God that we are accountable to (such as “In God we trust”) or are we just here by random chance and have no definite purpose?
Wow — Bill may be on to something! Perhaps he’s reviewed Wikipedia’s List of school shootings in the United States, which goes back to 1840 (not counting some Indian violence in colonial days). He tells us:
Other questions we can ask are:
1. Is Darwinian evolution based on observed evidence or on blind faith?
2. Has the national education establishment been infiltrated by some individuals who have an agenda that is not in the best interests of America?
3. Are stronger locks and doors and armed guards the answer?
I am sure that you probably have other questions. How do we find answers?
Tell us Bill! How do we find the answers? He continues:
To help start a community discussion, there will be a three week series of speakers on video at the Morrill Public Library meeting room at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, April 5, 12, and 19. I would encourage students, parents, teachers, pastors and others to come and listen and see what we can learn.
Ooooooooooooh! A three week series of speakers! It sounds wonderful! Let’s read on:
Topics will be:
1. Evolution vs. God
2. God’s word vs. man’s word – does it matter?
3. Whose agenda are we following?
That sounds fantastic! The rest of Bill’s letter is a phone number you can call to get more information, but you’ll have to click over there to get it.
There’s nothing even remotely that great where you live, is there, dear reader? You probably thought the people of Kansas led boring lives, but now you know better.
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