Textbook 'beliefs'

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Mary Stevens' Saturday letter, "Reclaim textbooks," moans her allegation that a "small sect of religious extremists ... young-Earth creationists" are imposing their "beliefs" on school textbook editors, in turn affecting what students learn.

Such views are "far right-wing revisionist." Stevens claims that stopping such influence will "put our children ahead of politics."

But aren't her views just as political? Doesn't she want her agenda advanced just as much?

Boiled down to basics, Stevens' assumption is that if religious people believe a certain thing, then that belief is necessarily unscientific.

True science, however, is blind to motives. What counts is observation and experiment. Taking her approach is just as likely to lead to unscientific tenets as that of the State Board of Education.

-- Thomas F. Harkins Jr., Fort Worth

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