Letters to the Editor

Schools should visit Ark

I was alarmed at the front-page article “Public schools warned about taking trips to Ark.”

We who love Jesus and believe that the Bible is God’s word are proud that we have a replica of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. It should be the students and teachers who decide to go to see it or not. The Constitution protects our freedom of religion. There is not one word in the First Amendment about separation of church and state. The last part of the amendment says “nor prevent the free exercise” of religion.

The students who visit the Ark will get a wonderful lesson on world history. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Bible can be used in the classroom to teach history or literature.

James Madison, the father of the Constitution, was a Christian and a strong believer in the Bible. Our native son, Abraham Lincoln, said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.” Is the Freedom From Religion Foundation wiser than our past presidents and Founding Fathers?

If foundation leaders knew how much comfort the Bible brings to Christian readers, they would not be against students visiting the Ark.

Leroy Hammond