To the editor:
As a retired Presbyterian minister and as a person who has worked as a chemist in industry, I find the news from Kansas very disturbing.
The media have informed us that the Kansas State Board of Education has voted to delete all references to the phenomenon of evolution from state science tests. Charles Darwin's explanation of this phenomenon, which has been fine-tuned in the century since his death, is to be discouraged in the public schools of Kansas.
As a person who has spent a part of his professional life as a scientist, I find the action of the Kansas Board of Education to be absolutely deplorable and is comparable to the silencing of Gallileo by the ignorant religious bigots of his era.
It is obvious that the Kansas State Board of Education hopes to silence the science teachers of the public schools by removing the subject of evolution from state tests. Intellectual curiosity on the subject of cosmic and human origins is to be discouraged.
One can only speculate as to what the next subject will be that the Kansas Board of Education will attempt to discourage in its assault on science and human enlightenment.
As a retired clergyman of the Christian faith and a practicing Christian, I am even more disgusted by the act of the Kansas State Board of Education. The Christianity I know tells me that it centers on Christ's love and his promise of human redemption rather than on the technical details of how the universe may have come to be or how life began.
Rev. Tom Hutt, (Ret.),