Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Martinsville Bulletin of Martinsville, Virginia, and they have a comments feature. The letter (perhaps it’s a column) is titled From The Pulpit: Here’s a cure for school shootings.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Gary Hughes, pastor of Rich Acres Baptist Church. We’ll give you some excerpts from the rev’s letter (or column), enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. We’ll also omit his scripture quotes and references. Here we go!
We must get back to the Bible in training our children. The home is the key and has the responsibility of training our children. We allowed the Bible and prayer to be taken out of our schools and we have taken down the Ten Commandments in most public places. We replaced them with drugs, guns and bullying.
Yes, we all have vivid memories of the day our teachers took away our bibles and replaced them with guns. Then the rev says:
The problem is that schools are teaching our children that evolution is a fact when they know that evolution is a theory. [Gasp — it’s only a theory!] We need to teach creationism and let the children see that they were created in the image of God.
What a great letter! After that the rev tells us:
I heard a story about an atheist who was asked ‘if your dog and a person who is a stranger were in the ocean drowning and you could only save one of them, which one would you save?’ The atheist replied that ‘I would save my dog because he is my dog.’ This is the kind of thinking we have today.
How horrible! And it’s Darwin’s fault. The rev continues:
There is no respect for human life anymore and no respect for those in authority. We need to get back to the Bible in training our children. Children need to respect their parents and obey them. If children do not respect their parents, they won’t respect anyone. Discipline needs to be in the homes and in the schools. God’s Word tells us how to do it.
Skipping several bible verses about beating children with the rod of correction, we read on:
We can continue believing what our educators are teaching or we can get back to what the Bible teaches. The shootings are taking place because there is no respect for human life. Hearts are not right with God.
We gotta get rid of Darwin. All schools should be bible schools. And now we come to the end:
Our value system is so messed up because we have left God out. We can stop violence if parents will start training their children God’s way.
Heed the rev, dear reader. Beat those kids! Whip the Darwinism out of them. They’ll thank you for it.
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