- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

God and man at Yale (revisited)

“The problem with evolution is not that it is unscientific but that it is routinely taught in textbooks and in the classroom in an atheist way.

“For those who are concerned about this atheism masquerading as science, there is a better way. Instead of trying to get unscientific [Intelligent Design] theories included in the classroom, a better strategy would be to get the unscientific atheist propaganda out.

“How can this be achieved?

“Consider this: the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits public schools from teaching or promoting atheism in any way. … So the agencies of government are prohibited from ‘establishing’ not only religion but also atheism. This means that just as a public school teacher cannot advocate Christianity or hand out Bibles to his students, so too public school textbooks and science teachers cannot advocate atheism.

“I’d like to see Christian legal groups suing school districts for promoting atheism in the biology classroom. … Schools would be on notice that they cannot use scientific facts to draw metaphysical conclusions in favor of atheism.

“In this way Darwinism in the public schools would no longer be a threat to religion in general or Christianity in particular.

Dinesh D’Souza writing in “Atheism Masquerading As Science” April 14 on Townhall.com

Tooth truth

“Fluoride exposure is rising and causing children’s tooth imperfections, ranging from white spots to brownish discolorations and pitting. Such changes in the tooth’s appearance can affect the child’s self-esteem, which makes early prevention that much more critical.

“Children aged 2 to 7 years can swallow about one-quarter milligram of fluoride with every brushing because their swallowing reflexes are not fully developed. Children from the age of 6 months to 3 years should not have more than one-quarter milligram of fluoride per day. Brushing the teeth of a 2-year-old twice a day will expose the child to about one-half milligram, exceeding the allowable daily limits from toothpaste alone.

“Intentionally swallowing the toothpaste, which is likely, given the pleasant flavor of children’s toothpaste, increases children’s fluorosis risk. Fluoridated water, supplements, mouth rinses and/or foods add to daily fluoride intake.

“Up to 48 percent of children have fluorosis, with 4 percent moderate/severe (yellow/brown teeth), reports the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] (CDC). Fluoride over-exposure at ages 22- to 25-months can discolor the permanent two front teeth while they form under the gums.

“Two-thirds of U.S. water suppliers add fluoride chemicals to reduce tooth decay. This fluoridated water is used to make many foods and beverages. Water and processed beverages (e.g., soft drinks and fruit juices) can provide approximately 75 percent of a person’s fluoride intake, according to the CDC.”

Elivir Dincer, writing in “Fluoride-induced Spots on Teeth,” in the April 14 issue of the New York State Dental Journal

Doing what’s right

“[I]f you had to pick a cultural icon worthy of the status, you could not do much better than Charlton Heston. If you have been reading the tributes, you have seen why: Married to his wife, Lydia, for 64 years, a beloved father and grandfather, a staunch supporter of civil rights who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and stood nearby as King delivered the immortal ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

“If Charlton Heston had not been such a man, he never would have supported civil rights when he did — that was a time when much of Hollywood, and much of America, just did not care. By the same token, if he had not been such a man, he would not have stood up years later in a Time-Warner shareholders’ meeting and read aloud the complete lyrics of rapper Ice-T’s ‘Cop Killer’ CD that Time-Warner had just released.

“Later, Heston recalled, ‘When I read the lyrics to the waiting press corps, one of them said, ‘We can’t print that.’ ‘I know,’ I replied, ‘but Time-Warner’s selling it.’ Two months later, Time-Warner terminated Ice-T’s contract. Heston said, ‘I’ll never be offered another film by Warner, or get a good review from Time magazine.’ But much more important to Heston than any career opportunity, was doing what he knew was right.”

Chuck Colson, writing in “A Tribute to Charlton Heston,” April 9 at Townhall.com

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