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Ohio legislation is a victory for ignorance

DEAR EDITOR:

Trumbull County has the dubious distinction of harboring the only Democratic state representatives, Micheal O’Brien and Gil Blair, who recently joined all Republicans in shamelessly supporting legislation deceptively called “The Student Religious Liberty Act.” In effect, it grants pedagogical liberty to outright ignorance in the guise of religious belief within Ohio public schools.

Among many other disturbing things promoted here by a neanderthal outfit called Project Blitz, this profoundly anti-science bill says teachers “shall not penalize or reward a student based on the religious content of a student’s work.”

That not only violates separation of church and state, but also negates separation of fact from fiction and allows, for example, such church-imposed but science-debunked beliefs as geocentrism of the Dark Ages to be on an equal footing with heliocentrism in Ohio classrooms. This legislative push against the liberating legacy of the enlightenment and reactionary retreat from reason richly deserves firm rejection by all who value true education.

A very wise American educator, W.E.B. DuBois, once predicted that “either the United States will destroy ignorance, or ignorance will destroy the United States.” Supporters of this anti-science legislation in Ohio just helped score another victory for ignorance.

WERNER LANGE

Newton Falls

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