The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Opinion

November 7, 2013

Letter: Keep religious studies out of schools

I agree with Everett Waymire in his Sept. 13 Viewpoint, when it comes to religious education programs. Not only is it wasting our children's time while they are supposed to be doing schoolwork, it's teaching this Christian doctrine which should be done in church.

Children are born with open and inquiring minds, like Einstein, Da vinci and Galileo, all of whom went against Church teachings. When you program vulnerable young minds with this pseudo logic, you stifle their ability to recognize reality from legends, myths and magical thinking. Thus rendering them handicapped for life. I honestly believe programs like Bible school for children are a form of intellectual child abuse.

Throughout history, people have invented gods and devils to take credit or blame for that which they did not yet understand. Furthermore, those same people study holy books for answers that can't be found. In truth, it's those very books that are in question.

I've read more than 50 college-level books on the nature of the universe and in fact the fabric of space time itself. I can explain why God could not have created the universe. You see, space and time are the same fabric. Before the universe expanded there was no time. Not seven days, no time at all. If there were no space, where would God have been? Professor Stephen Hawking and I agree on that point. I'm very sorry, my good friends, but there is so much more to life than invisible beings and fairy dust.

Dick Allen

Anderson

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