November 25, 2004

Lex Luthor had the right idea

In Superman: The Movie, the Man of Steel's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor came up with a nefarious plan to buy up all sorts of worthless desert east of the San Andreas Fault, and then get fabulously rich selling waterfront property when a well-placed nuke causes the Left Coast to slide into the Pacific Ocean.

When I read about some of the addle-pated nonsense coming from California in the name of "progressive" thinking, I can't help wondering whether maybe Luthor was onto something.

It isn't bad enough that many school systems in the United States try to revise history by claiming the Pilgrims originally established thanksgiving to thank the Indians (instead of God) for their bounty. A school in Los Angeles (where people go into conniptions about having a horrible, dangerous cross on the county seal) apparently has now taken up the sword of separation of church and state, and cut off its own legs:

A California teacher has been barred by his school from giving students documents from American history that refer to God -- including the Declaration of Independence. . . .

"It's a fact of American history that our founders were religious men, and to hide this fact from young fifth-graders in the name of political correctness is outrageous and shameful," said [teacher Steven] Williams' attorney, Terry Thompson.

"Williams wants to teach his students the true history of our country," he said. "There is nothing in the Establishment Clause (of the U.S. Constitution) that prohibits a teacher from showing students the Declaration of Independence."

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Of course, it's bad enough in this day and age that children believe in God, let alone allowing them to believe that their ancestors did! We can't have them reading "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." They might find out that these unalienable rights, including the freedom of religion that underlies separation of church and state, have a theological foundation that presupposes the existence of God. And they might reason out that banishing the Declaration from classrooms because it mentions God is a self-stultifying act that undermines its own foundation, something like this:

  • No God, no freedom of religion (per the Declaration of Independence).
  • No freedom of religion, no separation of church and state (per the Constitution).
  • No separation of church and state, no reason to ban the Declaration of Independence (per the school administration).

God forbid!