The article (Times, Oct. 25) about the Christian fundamentalists who won a federal court battle against the school district in Tennessee deserves a response. The case is so angering on a variety of levels that it is hard to know where to begin. For example, the fact that one of the plaintiffs stated that the "Diary of Anne Frank" was unacceptable for her child to read because it supported toleration of opposing religious beliefs is so pathetically sad.
Anne Frank's story is one of the greatest examples of why toleration is so important. She died because of who she was and her religious beliefs, but these fundamentalists who profess to believe in the Bible seem to forget that when it says "Love thy neighbor" that statement isn't followed by "but only if she or he is a Christian."
The issue that seems the most twisted about these people, however, is the way that they attack others for their own ignorance and irresponsibility. They have the right to raise their children in the manner that they see fit--unfortunately, for their children's sake--but then they condemn the rest of the world for not choosing ignorance as they have done.
The basis of their complaint is that they are angry because the public schools assign literature that somehow runs counter to their narrow understanding of the Bible and that their children are learning the "wrong" things.