To the editor:
I take umbrage with Mr. Dave McNeely’s biased views about the Bible. And for that matter, with the Bulletin for choosing to print journalism that maligns the beliefs of many of its own readers. This is the home of a Christian university and we are proud of it. Our churches may not be full every Sunday but this is still part of the Bible Belt and even though we won’t “stone” Mr. McNeely, it seems he could cast stones on something that is not already down; namely, the Christian faith. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Hollywood has had a field day with Christian values, slowly eroding them into powder. Values we all once held as sacred are as scarce as hen’s teeth.
So you don’t want the greatest book ever written to be part of your child’s curriculum? What would you rather he study? Islam? Would you have your child ignorant of the inspiration for the world’s greatest music? Do you want him to listen to Handel’s Messiah and wonder what it’s all about? The person unaware of the redemption story would be hard put to understand the entire portfolio of art in the middle ages, much less the renaissance. He may even find it difficult to write today’s date without wondering, two thousand seven years from what? — in sixth grade we did a six-week stint of the Greek myths. I loved it. it was not my religion, but it was Someone’s religion. It did us no harm and I felt the same way when I taught school years later and we covered some of the world’s religions, Christianity having only the briefest mention in that text book. what is an education if it does not include learning about what makes us human? Have our schools become safer since we banned prayer and religion?
Mr. McNeely swept the “golden rule” under the carpet as being something he could have thought of himself, and indicated that he “presumed” parts of the 10 Commandments were “well-intentioned,” perhaps he should try to “rightly divide” the scriptures as they themselves suggest. Then perhaps he would see the Bible as a cohesive combination of 66 books that have guided many people through many different ages; the only book that tells us where we came from and where we’re going.
Mr.. McNeely’s Austin readers may applaud his cute blasphemy. I fear for him.