Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Morning News of Florence, South Carolina, which Wikipedia says is “probably best known for being the intersection of I-95 and I-20, and the eastern terminus of I-20.” They have a comments feature, but it’s disabled. The letter is titled God should be part of education.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. He writes a lot of letters — dozens of them — but that doesn’t qualify for full name treatment. His first name is Lawrence. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
On Aug. 24, the Morning News published a letter, "Private schools are the answer," by James K. Ward, a public school teacher for 18 years. I started first grade in 1949. Already public schools were falling behind. Fortunately, I went to private schools. Ward hit one of the nails on the head. In public schools, God and patriotism have been replaced by what I call "social anarchy."
Here’s Ward’s letter: Private schools are the answer. He ranted that God was no longer in the public schools. Lawrence agrees. He says:
One of Ward’s comments was that evolution is exclusively taught as the method of human development. [That’s horrible!] I consider this to be a violation of the First Amendment, because I consider it to be an attempt to establish atheism as the national religion. [Groan!] If a person’s education is to be complete and unbiased, the subject of God should be discussed. It should not be discarded just because some people do not like the idea.
Great, huh? After that he tells us:
I have an absolute belief in God and believe in creation. [We never would have guessed!] I also do not find that creationism and evolution are incompatible. [Huh?] I know that the concept of God is difficult to comprehend, but I find the concept of no Supreme Being to be impossible to comprehend. The more educated I became in the physical sciences, the more I believed that there had to be a Supreme Being, no matter the name. Maybe someday, to illustrate this, I will write about the unique properties of water, that “simple” substance that makes up approximately 70 percent of the human body, and the consequences to nature if these unusual properties did not exist.
You don’t really think we’re going to comment on that, do you? Lawrence continues:
I have heard and read many references to Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.” [But did he ever read it?] I have never seen it mentioned that there are actually six editions of this work. The first edition was published on Nov. 24, 1859. Revised editions appeared in 1860, 1861, 1866, 1869 and 1872. These subsequent editions were published in response to numerous criticisms. … Why is it not taught that there are six editions? Because the question would then be asked, “Why?”
Darwin was obviously flopping around all over the place, and he kept putting out new editions to cover up his blunders. But Lawrence is too smart to be fooled. Let’s read on:
If a person were to compare the biblical story of creation to Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time,” he would find that the only contradiction would be the use of the term “day.” And since there was no such thing as day, night or time at the time of the big bang, this potential discrepancy is meaningless. Any unit would have been sufficient to indicate separation of activities.
Wowie — Hawking’s book is virtually the same as Genesis! And now we come to the end:
So what are we going to do to improve public schools? As always, nothing. As Ward said, “Not one darn thing is going to change; that is, things that really matter.”
There you are, dear reader. We’ve blogged about 900 of these things now, and they never cease to amuse.
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