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Letters to the Editor August 25, 2011 //  by  // 3 Comments

Re: Perry needs to evolve

Emily, I agree that religion has no place in school. And I am not a fan of Rick Perry but I do not agree that he, or anyone else who believes in creationism, is stupid for trying to fight the teaching of evolution.

Yes, faith is a most personal matter and has no place in a classroom but those who believe in intelligent design have the freedom to do so.

Freedom of religion is in the Bill of Rights is it not? And the same freedom of religion is also what allows people to believe in evolution if they choose.

Too many people are criticized and questioned about their faith.

I’m sure everyone who watched the video of Perry talking to the little boy in New Hampshire noticed how the boy’s mother was using him more or less to criticize Perry for his beliefs.

Emily, dont join in on the criticism. I agree that his view of teaching intelligent design in school is wrong but you cant claim that ‘Perry needs to evolve.’

I think your article is good and you are obviously knowledgable about the topic but in the future I would focus more on the political matters (the seperation of church and state and why that means that religion should be seperate from public schools) than on evolution versus creationism.

I know this is the Opinion section of the school paper but in politics when you start including your personal feelings in your writing (you obviously believe in evolution over creationism, which is fine because you have the freedom to believe in whatever you want) it starts to take away from the real argument, which is whether or not intelligent design belongs in public schools.

And obviously because of our religious freedom, which seperates the church and state, the answer is no.

Religious teachings belong at home or church/synagogue/temple/… because of our freedom to choose to believe or not believe in them, not because evolution is fact or theory.

Again, I want to stress that I agree with you that religion does not belong in the classroom.

Religion is a hard topic to touch without including personal feelings and I applaud you for taking it head on.

Just be careful not to attack a group of people for beliefs that are protected by basic rights, stick with the core of the argument.

P.S. Please do not think that I am attacking you.

I think you’re brave for writing about such a touchy topic. Anyways I wish you the best and look forward to reading more of your articles to come.

Zachary Tews is a UH student.

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  • Ryan

    Freedom of Religion concerns as it states religions not scientific theories. Unfortunately it happens all to often that people lump evolution with religion. Evolution is not a religion it is a scientific theory. I'm not sure how this was a case of someones faith being attacked. Unless I'm mistaken, it is way more common for a religious person to attack someone who believes in science. And yes Perry needs to evolve when he tries to use his position to push a religious concept into our science class rooms.

  • Ryan

    Freedom of Religion concerns as it states religions not scientific theories. Unfortunately it happens all to often that people lump evolution with religion. Evolution is not a religion it is a scientific theory. I'm not sure how this was a case of someones faith being attacked. Unless I'm mistaken, it is way more common for a religious person to attack someone who believes in science. And yes Perry needs to evolve when he tries to use his position to push a religious concept into our science class rooms.

  • K-Joy

    As Ryan said and the author of the column on which this reply was based, faith was never attacked in the article so your entire argument is invalid.

    Your treating evolution as a religion when it is not. And yes it is stupid to try and fight the teaching of evolution in school since its an extremely important scientific subject which has enough information and evidence behind it to be reasonably taught in schools. America is one of the few non Arabic countries that have any problem with it being taught. That's pathetic.

    Its not evolution vs creationism, it common sense vs the ignorance in understanding the science of evolution. If you felt a group of people were attacked, which they were not, because perhaps evolution is incompatable with the teachings of your doctrine, that's your problem. If you want us to be behind everyone else once again, thats your problem, and you have the right for it to be a personal problem and yours alone. Though letting everyone else suffer for it is unecceptable.

    And furthermore it's insulting to think that only religious people can be offended, or feel attacked. In the end athiests, evolutionary theory supporters, and agnostics do feel and have the right to feel just as much as attacked and offended when people try to pass of creationism as a science and refuse to be anything but ignorant and open minded to the times.

  • K-Joy

    As Ryan said and the author of the column on which this reply was based, faith was never attacked in the article so your entire argument is invalid.

    Your treating evolution as a religion when it is not. And yes it is stupid to try and fight the teaching of evolution in school since its an extremely important scientific subject which has enough information and evidence behind it to be reasonably taught in schools. America is one of the few non Arabic countries that have any problem with it being taught. That's pathetic.

    Its not evolution vs creationism, it common sense vs the ignorance in understanding the science of evolution. If you felt a group of people were attacked, which they were not, because perhaps evolution is incompatable with the teachings of your doctrine, that's your problem. If you want us to be behind everyone else once again, thats your problem, and you have the right for it to be a personal problem and yours alone. Though letting everyone else suffer for it is unecceptable.

    And furthermore it's insulting to think that only religious people can be offended, or feel attacked. In the end athiests, evolutionary theory supporters, and agnostics do feel and have the right to feel just as much as attacked and offended when people try to pass of creationism as a science and refuse to be anything but ignorant and open minded to the times.

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