Ths year’s first letter-to-the-editor appears in the Shreveport Times of Shreveport, Louisiana. We were told about it by no less than two of our clandestine operatives, so you know it’s good.
The letter is titled Where is the Christian church to challenge teaching of evolution in schools?, and the newspaper appears to 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 John. Excerpts from the letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Do any of you know what it would take to get the godless teaching of evolution theory as a factual explanation for all of the life on this planet out of our public schools or supplement it with the Christian explanation of God creating all that is? Anybody have a guess?
Hey — that’s a great question! Well, dear reader, do you have any idea what it would take? While you’re thinking about it, let’s continue with John’s letter. He says:
In my opinion, it would take one Christian family, or one Christian church with one or more families, that have young children facing public school indoctrination that the Christian belief in a creator God is false.
Wowie — it would take only one! But what would that one family or church have to do? John tells us:
Christians have been losing this battle for decades for lack of one family or one church willing to challenge what we have in federal court. [Ooooooooooooh! A challenge in Federal court!] The suit might take a couple or three years, but it should result in banning evolution theory or adding creationism.
Why hasn’t anyone ever thought of this before? Oh, wait — our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have a listing of Ten Major Court Cases about Evolution and Creationism. Perhaps John should take a look at those. Anyway, he continues:
Churches have fought against horse racing and gambling boats here in Shreveport, and abortions everywhere, but they have never fought to prevent public school teachers from telling young children that the God they are taught about in Sunday School had nothing to do with man’s origin. The biblical story of creation is a lie.
John should check out Edwards v. Aguillard, a US Supreme Court case from 1987. It’s on NCSE’s list. He would learn that Louisiana used to have a law just like the one he now wants. Wikipedia says:
The Court considered a Louisiana law requiring that where evolutionary science was taught in public schools, creation science must also be taught. The constitutionality of the law was successfully challenged in District Court [citation] and the Louisiana Court of Appeals affirmed, [citation]. The United States Supreme Court ruled that this law violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment because the law was specifically intended to advance a particular religion.
John’s brilliant letter ends with yet another gripe he has:
That’s perhaps the biggest reason I’m so critical of the churches. The second would be how they have responded to the rapid growth of the LGBTQ movement.
Ah yes. Wikipedia has an article on LGBT (without the “Q”), but it says:
It may refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant, LGBTQ, adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity.
So John is upset about those folks too — and the churches don’t do anything to stop them from doing what they do! Well, now that John’s letter has been published, maybe we’ll see some action. Or, more likely, John will live out his days as a bitter old man. Anyway, it was a great letter!
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