, Corbin, KY

July 8, 2013

Reader responds to letter about God in schools

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — This letter is in response to Mr. Randy Blanton’s letter “When we remove God, we remove his blessings.”

As a student of American history, I know for a fact that the people of the United States did not “welcome God into the schools,” as he writes. A cursory reading of texts from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington to Benjamin Franklin would show our founders understood the importance of a vibrant secular society unhindered by an oppressive Church.

In a letter written in 1814 to Horatio Spafford, Jefferson wrote, “In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot.”

However, it is Mr. Blanton’s next point that strikes me as particularly odd.  

He directly compares his god to a spoiled child. Really, go read it again. He writes that “by convincing a few naïve judges to force the rest of us to remove God the father from the school system: God removes his blessings from the school system. It’s like when a child with the game ball gets rejected by the other children and leaves the games and takes his ball with him.”  

As an atheist, I know in my heart and soul and brain there is no god.

I’m struck though, that Blanton would choose to worship a god that is so petulant, so child-like, and so despicable. He makes his God sound weak and pathetic. Are atheists and naive judges in this country really more powerful than Mr. Blanton’s God? Why does he have to act in a way I would not accept from my 5-year-old nephew?  

While not addressing any specific issue facing schools, Blanton writes that only God, not all of the money in the world, would fix the problems he fails to address.  

Mr. Blanton can try to pray away the problems he sees in public education. I however would rather live in a world where we accept that great teachers, outstanding facilities, access to technology and a diverse classroom are keys to educational success.  

I’m sorry Mr. Blanton, but those things do cost money.   

Justin Eslinger, Corbin