George F. Will hits the nail on the head in his column (Editorial Pages, Nov. 10), "Free Exercise of Ignorance Is No 'Right.' " He condemns the Tennessee fundamentalists as a religious order ill prepared and consequently unwilling to let alternative viewpoints be voiced concerning religious and secular ideas. He speaks of the subsequent ignorance that children are forced to live with, because of their parents' insecurities in defending their religion.
Do these kids plan on going to college? Obviously not. Even religiously oriented schools such as Notre Dame and Brigham Young have science programs, secular and blasphemous according to the fundamentalists. I, however, will not dwell on their argument for their children's well-being; it is self-defeating. Instead I'd like to comment on some of the most scary beliefs I think I've heard since I studied the rise of Hitler and Nazism.
According to Will, the fundamentalists object to "The Diary of Anne Frank," because in it, "Anne said that having some religion was more important than having a particular religion." The fundamentalists obviously wish to think of themselves as the superior religious force. In what manner do they associate with "non-believers," or do they associate with the outside world at all? The impression that they give is that they think they are religiously superior to everyone else, and, as religion is the most important force in their lives, they are therefore simply superior. Does this fanaticism ring any bells? The 1930s in Germany, or the 1690s in Salem, Mass, immediately springs to mind.