Reading Ted Moffett’s His View column in the May 15 Daily News was a surprise — I didn’t realize there was such a person as an Evangelical scientist.

Before I go further, I should say that I am not religious, but follow a moral compass.

So far, I’ve shied away from discussing religion, but when one group attempts to impose their beliefs on others via legislation, I am compelled to speak out. I’m generally content to let everyone live and let live, but recent attempts to legislate religious beliefs go way too far.

I also find the Evangelical’s reasoning and logic faulty when they say that God governs every detail of our existence — for instance, climate change couldn’t be caused by human activity because God governs such matters.

If that is true, then why did he endow us with brains capable of doing the activities that caused such change? Why did he put mankind on Earth in a state of knowing very little and leaving everything for us to discover if we weren’t meant to use our brains for this discovery? As man evolved, he created an ever-increasing body of knowledge that was shared with others. Why did he give us the means to correct our mistakes if he didn’t intend that we use them?

The same reasoning applies if a convicted murderer were to plea that he shouldn’t be punished for doing something God made him do. If God does indeed control our every action and thought, then why do we punish criminals for doing God’s work? It seems contradictory to say that punishing criminals is also doing God’s work as some would answer. I find no logic to either argument.

Those who refuse to send their children to any school that teaches much more than reading, writing, penmanship, English and simple arithmetic are denying their offspring the joys of discovering the wonders of this universe we live in.

They are also of the opinion that learning ends when one walks out the schoolhouse door. I wonder how many of them have even read a nonfiction book since graduating. I can’t tell you how many houses I’ve walked into where there wasn’t a book or magazine in sight. These were people who I always regarded as narrow-minded.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me — far from it, but I have more respect for the views of those who back their statements of opinion with facts, not fiction.

I take great joy in my life-long voyage of discovery. I am thrilled to learn more each day. It troubles me little that the more I learn, the more I learn how much more I don’t know. Depriving a child of this way of viewing the world does them a gross disservice. Thankfully some are able to break out of this mold and make up for lost years, leaving others behind to wallow in the dark ages of learning.

One of the most important lessons schools need to teach students is logic, reasoning, how to teach themselves, and the ability to tell fact from fiction.

This is the one big failing of the kind of school that many advocate. They deprive their children of the knowledge they need to protect themselves from those who would con them and lead them astray.

The only way these parents can protect their children is to build a big wall around them with only those like-minded people inside and all others prohibited.

There would be no radio, newspapers or TV to corrupt their little (and I mean little) minds. As they reach adulthood, they learn to carry their own walls along with them and retreat behind them when new, strange ideas are presented. They develop very selective hearing and eyesight. Since they all know everything worth knowing, they are quite content.

I guess it takes all kinds to make a world — how dull it would be otherwise.

Lenna Harding lived her first 20 and past 43 years in Pullman. A longtime League of Women Voters member, she served on the Gladish Community and Cultural Center board. Email her at

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