Friday, April 22, 2005

Harriet K.

I am a Sunday School teacher at University Christian Church in Seattle, Washington.

Next Sunday is Earth Sunday. It's traditional in many churches to do special things to commemorate Earth Day.

After the children's sermon, each child is going to take an animal toy and put it on the altar.
The reader will call out the animals and the congregation will respond:

Thank you God for elephants
Thank you God for elephants
Thank you God for zebras
Thank you God for zebras
Thank you God for gorillas
Thank you God for gorillas
Thank you God for cows
Thank you God for cows
Thank you God for horses
Thank you God for horses
Thank you God for eagles
Thank you God for eagles
Then each child will light his or her candle, and we'll walk downstairs for a snack and another lesson.

To Whom It May Concern:

Why are you calling this day Justice Sunday? Judges protect families from environmental hazards. Judges impose sentences based on the law. Judges follow the decisions made in prior cases. When they change a precedent, I accept their decisions whether I like them or not.

It is especially shameful that you do this in a church. Many judges go to church!

If you are in a position of power, I would prefer that you spend your time figuring out how to do something useful on Earth Sunday, like making policy to help prevent mega-wildfires in the western United States. We have a lot of problems to solve and you should be planning for the long term.

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