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 Albert. 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!
The state pays for private or public high schools but not religious schools, even though they get an equivalent education. This is a blatant discrimination against religion; these students take the same SAT tests to qualify for college as the public school students do.
Verily, it’s an outrage! Then Albert says:
The state seems willing to take tax money for public schools from parents that send their children to religious schools. This is unfair. These parents pay for their own transportation and supplies. This is all analogous to Revolutionary War times of taxing without representation. [Wow!] Christian school students should at very least get vouchers for their tuition and expenses.
Albert is very angry. He tells us:
The Constitution clearly states freedom of religion, not from religion. [Yeah, “of” not “from”!] The First Amendment to the Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” I don’t see any “constitutionally protected freedom from religion” in our Constitution.
Albert doesn’t like it, but the courts have consistently interpreted that to mean that Congress can’t tax us to support religion. See the Wikipedia article on the Establishment Clause. Albert continues:
However, a religion is embedded in all public school teaching. [Really?] It is Darwinism.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:
A good book for Waddell [a columnist Albert is responding to] or anyone is “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel.
That old clunker? Lee Strobel is praised at creationist websites. Wikipedia says that his book, The Case for a Creator (Amazon listing), “consists of interviews with intelligent design advocates and Christian apologists who argue for the existence of a creator.” In your Curmudgeon’s opinion, interviews with believers, whether they believe in deities, UFO abductions, or the Tooth Fairy, isn’t evidence of anything — other than the existence of believers.
The final paragraph is praise for Strobel’s book:
He was an atheist investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. His wife became a Christian and he saw such a change in her that he decided to take time off and investigate through science as to what the truth was. He claims that higher science has largely refuted Darwin. Public schools still teach it.
That was a powerful letter. Albert not only knows his science, he also knows the Constitution. Why doesn’t anyone pay attention to him?
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