New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 19, 1987, Page 4

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Dave Kramer. Editor and Publish*-Jim Wcbra. Managing    . Heraid-Zetiunp Ne* B-aunfe s Te*as    Thursday.    March    19,1987Forum LETTER POLICY The Herald-Zeitung welcomes correspondence All letters should be signed and include an address or telephone number The newspaper reserves the right to edit Letters should be sent to Forum .New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P O Drawer 311 m New Braunfels. Texas 78131-132B. or brought to our offices at 186 S. Casten. Impressed visitors This is the fourth year we have spent the w inter in New Braunfels On Feb 4 this year my husband had a light stroke and was admitted to McKenna Memorial Hospital On admitting him. I met a volunteer worker Ivan Lewis who later visited my husband When we expressed our concern in case we had to fly home as to how to get our car and belongings home. Ivan Lewis offered to drive our car back to Lincoln Nebraska This generous offer from a complete stranger almost overwhelmed us Thanks to the excellent care by Dr Susan Epstein and physical therapist Ann Gregg. Wayne was able to recuperate here at the Rapids Condominiums We will be able to drive home April I We want to thank Sharon and all the girls at Camp Wamecke for their concern in Wayne s recovery Our thanks also to all of our old and new friends here in New Braunfels We plan to return again next year as people in New Braunfels make us feel so welcome Winter Texans. Key and Wayne Schammei The Good About the Bad Schloss: I feel that a response is necessary to E L Green concerning his mism formed views of Bad Schloss Inc Let me begin by saying that I have worked for the Henrys and Bad Schloss Inc for the past seven years I have had the pleasure to experience this organization from the inside I am tired of reading and hearing stones describe this family as bad self serving and vicious These statements are unfounded The organization should be applauded for starting with nothing and building a clean, wholesome family oriented Water Amusement Park and Resort This business provides over 700 summer jobs for our youth to help supplement the costs of college and high school expenses Being a parent myself I know the ex penses involved in preparing my children for the future, and I apreciate the job opportunities of fered by this organization Nobody ever seems to hear about the good things that this family business has offered to this community I remember in 1983 when the Henrys bought inventory from a toy store which was going out of business in San Antonio. HU percent of those toys were w rapped by the family, employees and winter family of Landa Resort and were donated to the New Braunfels Chapter of Toys for Tots ” There was no acknowledgement about this because it was a gesture straight from the heart of the Henry family They too, can remember the days when there was no money for presents under the tree at Christmas time All one needs to do is take the time to look at what this family has done They have in vested their whole lives in the future of this city This is why I am personally glad to see Gary Henry run for City Council He is a dedicated father and CPA businessman who will work to build a prosperous future not only for the city but for the children of New Braunfels And when you get down to the botton line the children are our future K G st aals Ne* BraunfelsYour Representatives Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D C 20500 • • • Gov Bill Clements Governor's Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711 • • • U S. Rep. Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington, D C. 20515 • • • U.S. Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Office Bldg Washington, D C. 20515 US Senator Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240, Russell Bldg Washington, D C 20510 State Sen Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station P O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 7871 1 • « « State Sen William Sims Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin, Texas 7871 1 U S. Sen Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington, D C. 20510 « • « State Rep Edmond Kuempei Texas House of Representatives P O. 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the\ think James KilpatrickSecular humanists arguing because ifs their ox being gored W ASHINGTON Twenty five years have passed sinc e ttu* Supreme Court set forth its baseline position on religion in the public schools Now a case is headed tor the high court that will test that baseline position as it were in reverse Th** ease involves secular humanism Since the Engel ease of 1962 the court repeatedly has held that it is a violation of the Constitution for the schools to promote the existence of a Supreme* Being On these grounds, the court has forbidden an official school prayer in New York halted the reading of Bible passages in Pennsylvania condemned the posting of the Ten Com mandments in Kentucky, and barred even a moment of silence in Alabama All these cast's have to do with the doc trine, widely held, that God ‘is ” This doc trine cannot be taught without running afoul of the First Amendment's plain com mand Congress (and by extension, the stalest shall make no law respec ting an establishment of religion Now the question arises Is it equally un constitutional to promote th** non existence of a Supreme Being' Does th** First Amendment forbid teachers to teach that God “is not '’’ Judge W illiam Brevard Hand provided an answer a few days ago In I S District Court in Mobile Ala After a prolonged trial he held that for First Amendment purposes "sec ular humanism us indeed a religion ” He found 49 state approved tex tbooks so permeated with the doctrines of humanism that their use* amounts to a violation of the Establishment Clause He thus felt “compelled” to order them removed Judge Hand’s opinion has provoked the American Civil Liberties Union and “Peo pie for the American Way” to new heights of denunciation They see the case as a per fidious attempt by the “far right” to shape public educ ation according to fundamen (alist < bustian i*i«*<* Most of the pi** -coin merit has depicted Judge Hand as .* wacko and I fie * Mio parent plaintiffs as so many benighted yahoos It would have b«*#*n helpful : Ma* t rite s had read Hand s opinion beton mount mg it Much of th* opinion is devote* to min manes of th* ev idence olfeicd 1 expel Is on religion and education l h*- * were witnesses with imper* able a* .i leum credentials They explored th* k* v ques lions at great length What is a religioi Hand an laded that for First Amendment purposes a religion is a body of thought resting upon a fountia Hon of faith that is systematically pro rooted What is secular human! iii I he court heard overwhelming evident» that secular humanism meets such a definition l h* most important bt*lit*f of this re ii mon • its denial of the transcendent and oi super natural There is no God no cm.do- no divinity such a Indict rests upon both It is therefore tor First Amendment pm |M»a*s a religious statement Do the challenged t«*\tlM>oks advance Hi** religion of humanism’’ \gain the plaintiffs evidence was impressive T**\tl»*>nks in Xmerit an history tor example wen found almost totally devoid of references to the role of religion lexttxMiks in home economics actively teach that moral values an* solely individual values Children ar** instructed to make up their own minds ulxiut right or wrong By deliberately omitting any suggestion that fornication tor example, is regarded hv many persons as a sin against God s law th** textbooks effectively discriminate against theistic religions Said th** court “This highly relativistic and individualistic approach constitutes the promotion of a fundamental faith claim op posed to other religious faiths This belief st i lk* s at the heart of many theistic religions beliefs that certain actions are in and of themselves unmoral whatever th** consequences and that in addition actions will ha . e ext; .* tciiq>oi al consequence* In order to pass constitutional muster a te\tU»ok must not prevent faith based systems to the exclusion of other I ait Ii ba-md systems it must not present on** as true and th* other as false and it must us* a campal ativ «* approach It is not the business of tedeiul courts said Hand to write oi rewrite textbooks it emphatic ally is the court s business to sec* that the states make im law respecting an » tahilshiilent oi religion When a state ap proves tcxtlKHiks that promote one religion md completely undermine other rein ion th* c onstitution has been violated It is a curious thing The ACLU and Hoople for the American Way,” in defen ding th* humanists make precisely the same arguments when they are attacking the Baptists It does make a difference, as Hi** proverb tells us. to see whose ox is gored lf ;

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