I live in Whitman, a town of 14,500 souls and a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. Like many suburbs Whitman has a town newspaper. It's a hotbed of social discourse about: budget gaps, the police log, and high school sports. I'm a news junkie of sorts and was reading it when I found this disturbing ad. It has been shortened so not to cause any eye bleeding or seizures.
Sunday Sundaes Program at First Congregational Church
....Starting this Sunday... there will be a special summer Sunday Bible School sessions for children, age 3, to grade 5. Old and New Testament characters/books to be studied include: Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses - Escape from Egypt, Moses and the Ten Commandments, David and Goliath, (the list goes on)... ice cream cups with toppings will be enjoyed by participants.
I was concerned and shocked! Here is my letter to the Editor.
Dear Sir or Ms.,
As I was reading Whitman Express Volume 8 No. 24 a particularly disturbing advertisement caught my eye. This ad targeted the most defenseless portion of our community - the children. I have two happy, intelligent ragamuffins (ages 5 and 8) and wish to keep them safe. The advertisement in question is from the First Congregational Church, UCC, 519 Washington St. This organization wishes to indoctrinate children, "ages 3, to grade 5" in a variety of aberrant and inhumane doctrines.
Genocide I assume the story of Noah is about the Great Flood. This story, as we all know, is where God kills countless women, children, and the disabled (much as the Nazis did). Even if the story is only a metaphor what is the message? Genocide is OK when God gives it his stamp of approval.
Moses and the Flight from Egypt How many first born males did God kill because the local non-democratically elected leader decided to disobey God? Were these children to blame for the wrong doing of Pharaoh?
Moses and the Ten Commandments Should I assume that the story element of the Golden Calf will be included in the curriculum? The story (as I'm sure you all know) ends with Moses melting the Calf down and forcing its worshippers to drink a mixture of water mixed with the ashes of the aforementioned Calf. Moses also ordered the killing of 3,000 Jews because they had worshipped the idol. As an American who treasures Freedom of Religion I find this deeply troubling.
It goes without saying, that this organization is luring children in with free ice cream and this is reprehensible.
In closing, I hope the publisher(s) consider this letter and reflect on the points listed above. I do not wish to impede on the Church's Freedom of Speech. If they wish to spew these vile stories to our youth that is their decision. Rather, as a responsible member of our community, I recommend the Whitman Express to place a disclaimer akin to the ones found on tobacco products around any future ads of this nature.
(I'm going to place my address here since the newspaper does not take anonymous letters.)
So, there is my letter. The newspaper states it, "welcomes all views."