Letters to the Editor

Letter: We need strong secular education, not superstition


To the Editor:

Seeing what is happening in the news reminds me of a Carl Sagan quote: “The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media ... credulous presentations of pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” 

The quote makes me think of letter-writers who insist that America is a Christian country, and of politicians such as Roy Moore.

I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind, but America’s values are based on philosophies of enlightenment.

If you don’t believe me, read the Constitution or the philosophers of the 18th century.

Thomas Jefferson said in 1787, “Question with boldness even the existence of a god; if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”

Compare that with the defense of Senate candidate Moore.

Supposedly, sex between an old man and a teenage girl is OK in the Bible, so it must be OK today.

I wonder how many teenage girls or their parents would feel about such a relationship.

Those who side with Moore and think that Christian morality is what America needs are the threats to democracy.

Putting biblical law above reasoned law will turn this country into a theocracy.

We need strong secular education, not more superstition.

Dave Sippel