Reasonable Conclusions

I read with interest Jesse Fox Mayshark's article "Knox County School Board Considers Banning Science Book" in your recent edition (Citybeat, April 15, 2010). I am pleased that School Board Chair Indya Kincannon was able to postpone board member Cindy Buttry's resolution to ban the honors biology textbook Asking About Life until their May 5th meeting in hopes that they are "going to be able to reach an even-keeled, reasonable conclusion." I share Buttry's concern about this textbook and its characterization of creationism as a "Biblical myth" and want our elected representatives to be thoughtful and deliberate when deciding to eliminate a book from the curriculum. I have faith that after further reflection and in consultation with members of the community, the Knox County School Board will do the right thing and ban this anti-Christian text from our classrooms. The Bible is, after all, the word of God and rich with accounts of the animal kingdom. I take its eight references to unicorns (in Numbers 23:22, Numbers 24:8, Job 39:9, Job 39:10, Psalm 22:21, Psalm 29:6, Psalm 92:10, Isaiah 34:7) to be evidence of God's creation and biological truth. The same could be said for dragons, which are also cited in the Bible. To claim that unicorns or dragons are mythic creatures would also be preposterous and I hope the new honors biology textbook used in our schools will include them.

Beauvais Lyons

Knoxville