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Letter to the Editor: Del. Dickie Bell tries to bring creationism into public school classrooms

Whether it would have had that effect is both an interesting legal question and, for Del. Bell’s constituents, completely beside the point. What matters is that Del. Bell thought the bill would have that effect, and he sponsored it anyway.

Now, you may be entirely OK with the idea of students being taught Christian creation in science classes. Even if you are, though, this bill should still terrify you. Why? Because there is no constitutional way to let religious doctrine we like into government programs while keeping religious doctrine we don’t out.

To create a loophole that lets representatives of one religion into our science classes is to let representatives of every other religion under the sun in as well - a tradeoff that I’d wager the vast majority of Virginians would find unacceptable. That’s why it’s so vital that we have a delegate in Richmond who crafts education policies acceptable to constituents not just next school year but for decades to come. Del. Bell has made it abundantly clear that he is not that delegate.

SEAN STUHLSATZ
Staunton

Article in the Staunton NewsLeader


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