all sides of any issue is the way to direct them into critical
thinking. It is the passion of any good student to seek information.
I feel we should help them with the best educational opportunities
THE REV. ALICE
Director of Bereavement
Support and Services,
Bad idea! And will the so-called religious right ever quit? On the
face of it, the idea of suggesting the universe and all its order
points toward a higher intelligence sounds like a good idea, but (as
in so many things) the devil is in the details.
For example, what sort of person will teach that class? A Muslim?
If so, what kind: Sunni or Shiite? If a Jewish person teaches it,
will he or she be Orthodox, Conservative or Reformed ... or will he
or she be a nonreligious ethnic Jew? If a Christian gets the nod,
will he or she be a Scripture Literalist/Fundamentalist, a Roman
Catholic, or a mainline Protestant (i.e., Presbyterian,
Congregationalist, Methodist, Baptist or Episcopalian -- did I leave
anybody out?)? Or perhaps the Christian is from the Russian Orthodox
or Greek Orthodox tradition.
And who gets to pick the teacher? Our founding fathers were so
wise in keeping church and state separate because they foresaw what
sort of hornets' nest might arise should religion be taught in public
schools. Certainly it is intellectually honest to suggest the
possibility of a higher intelligence's involvement in the formation
of all that is, but to teach that theory (and, like "evolution,"
that's what it is: a theory) steps over the line of church-state
separation. The so-called religious right is trying to push this
country toward being a theocracy, not a democracy.
That spinning sound you hear is our founding fathers in their
THE REV. SKIP LINDEMAN
of the Lighted Window,
United Church of Christ,
La Canada Flintridge
The "Intelligent Design" theory of human origin is not science
because there is no way to prove the hypothesis that, since life is
complex, it has to have a designer. If "ID" is to be taught in