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May 20, 2013

Mention God in school? You'd better not

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Now that you are privy to my religious roots, I will try to explain my apprehension with today’s education system vs. religion.

First, I have no squabble with the Constitution by separating “church from state,” as our legislators should not have any jurisdiction over one’s religion or lack of. Did we not leave the “mother country” on a quest for such freedoms?

The problem that I have with our leaders and the education system these days is the fact that they are only allowed to teach the scientific side of evolution. They can talk for hours on end about Charles Darwin, but let them even once mention “Genesis” or “Noah’s Ark” and bells and whistles start to blow, teachers’ heads will fall and schools will be reprimanded.

I cite my proofing case in point with a recent article on the Web that caught my eye, which involves a Phillipsburg, N.J., substitute teacher named Walt Tutka.

There was a student that had inquired about words that Walt had spoken. It seems the student was the last one in a line and Walt simply said to him, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”

Well, the student became curious as to where the quotation originated and that’s when Walt explained it was from the Bible, and handed the student his pocket-sized edition to prove his source. Needless to say, Walt has since lost his position at the school and is now engaged in a legal battle to be reinstated in good standing among educators.

Webster’s Dictionary describes an educator as “one skilled in teaching.” I believe Walt exemplified the definition and parameters as such. The student asked and Walt answered! Nothing more and nothing less!

Educators have had their hands tied for some years now by political correctness, federal restraints and the old double standard. It’s OK to teach the “Big Bang” theory in every school across America from start to finish because its atheist views hide behind the education shield as science, but never, EVER challenge science with a reference to God as an alternative means.

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