Mon, Oct. 21

Letter: The last thing we need is a hostile and conspiratorial agenda


After replying to a comment left on The Verde Independent website I felt compelled to write a letter in response to one printed in last Sunday’s issue. It was entitled “Faith-based vote certainly cannot go Trump’s way” by a J. Bauer.

May I start by saying I agree that Christians should have major qualms about supporting Trump. As a Christian, I disapprove of Trump’s behavior and attitude. As a libertarian, I loath his policies. That being said, J. Bauer’s letter deserves to have many of its points refuted.

Early in his letter J. Bauer makes this statement: “I personally don’t think any religious leader should be on a school board, especially if the teaching of science is involved. As we’ve seen in the past, science and certain religions rarely mix.” In the second sentence of Bauer’s letter the writer claims that “first amendment of our Constitution seems to be in jeopardy.” This, is the very amendment that protects the freedom of religion (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”)

His very next sentence goes on to say “The separation of Church and State is continually being challenged by religious zealots who want to inject their moral and religious beliefs on those of us who think differently.” The phase “separation of Church and state” is not found in the constitution. What is found in Article Six of the U.S. Constitution does, however, say that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” It seems to me that J. Bauer and not Robb Williams is the one coming closer to jeopardizing the first amendment and the constitution.

Of coarse theocracy is wrong and doesn’t work. If the law was sufficient to make people moral, Jesus would never have had to do what he did. This is one of the major points of the New Testament.

Theocracy, however, is completely different than having a religious leader, who possesses admirable moral qualities, offer his wisdom and virtue to an integral part of our community by being on a school board. As for the tired and worn out topic of science and religion, I think that we should keep things brief and just look at a small sample of scientists that excelled in their fields, not in spite of, but because of their Christianity:

Francis Bacon: The father of empiricism and the SCIENTIFIC METHOD.

Galileo Galilei: Astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution.

Blaise Pascal: Pascal’s law and Pascal’s theorem.

Robert Boyle: One of the most important figures in the history of chemistry

Isaac Newton: Invented Calculus and developed the laws of thermodynamics.

Kepler: The laws of planetary motion.

Gottfried Leibniz: Also invented Calculus simultaneously and independently of Newton in addition to many other scientific and political contributions.

Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell: Two of the smartest people ever, developed electromagnetic theory.

Gregor Mendel: The Father of modern genetics.

Max Planck: Basically invented quantum physics and won the Nobel Prize for it.

I want to conclude by commenting on Bauer’s whole conspiracy about Williams supposedly being a Trump supporter because Bauer claims that he saw a Williams campaign sign in close proximity to a Trump sign. I drive around all day for my job and I never saw the sign described and now, according to Janice Bauer, it’s conveniently not there anymore. It probably did exist but it seems like it was an exception rather than the rule. Allow me to remind us all that Williams is running for a non-partisan office (notice the MUHS colors on his signs and the lack of American flag red or blue or donkeys or elephants?).

Why would it be advantageous to disenfranchise about half of the voting population by tying his non-partisan candidacy to any party’s candidate, especially one as controversial as Trump?  

May I suggest that the most obvious conclusion derived from J. Bauer’s letter is that it’s not us brainless, Christian crazies, but rather, Mr. Bauer that is letting his beliefs form a hostile and conspiratorial agenda?

Josh Salterberg


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