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Let parents teach religion.

Let's call a spade a spade. "Intelligent design" is nothing more, nor less, than a religious doctrine. It supposes that the true story of the creation of the universe is recounted in the Bible. It takes a leap of faith to rely on a higher authority called God to explain the unexplainable, and that is the essence of religion.

Adherents of creationism would have us rely on religion where evolution cannot explain the mysteries of the universe. This is a religious concept, pure and simple, and has no place in public schools.

To the extent science cannot answer all questions, it is subject to further research in the laboratories and challenges in the marketplace. But simply because science cannot satisfy us on all aspects of life is not a license to turn to faith to fill the gaps.

I have no quarrel with parents teaching their children creationism in their homes or having it taught to them in their churches, temples or mosques, but they should not impose those beliefs on susceptible children of other faiths in the public schools at taxpayers' expense under the guise of science.

--Hal Retting

Pensacola, Fla.
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Author:Retting, Hal
Publication:Church & State
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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