‘Just like my co-workers,’ Mr. Green thought, ‘an answer for everything.’ He proceeded, “Each chapter focuses on a world religion, but I find it lacking in the history of that religion. I have researched every historical event mentioned and I discovered that where some of these religions have done great evil by any definition it is softened while other religions are emphasized in any evil done during its poplarity. There is no proper explanation for the differences. Even college professors acknowledge the innacuracies found in the Crusades Chapter alone, at last count thirteen of them.”
Ms. Veracruz rebutted, “We do acknowledge that our writers did take licensce in that area, one of them had been frustrated with his religious experience and took it out on the text. Our editors had trusted the man from years of working together. That writer was severely repremanded, has recieved counciling, and is now a happy adhereant of a religion that is truely peaceful. He will not be invovled in the re-write of that chapter, and we are currently researching the facts.”
“I find the explanation of relatives and absolutes in faith to be incomplete in thought. As if everybody were on the same train and would naturally come to the same conclusion, or is it open-ended to allow the students to come up with what they feel might answer the question best for themselves without any reguard to the established facts? Furthermore, there is one religion in this textbook that has not recieved equal treatment. The tone, the content, the overview clearly displays a disdain not found in any other chapter. Is it the writer’s opinion that the one belief adhered to by a majority of students and their families is so worthless and undeserving to be presented in the truth or are your interpretations in keeping with the overall point of the book?” Mr. Green replied knowing that he was crossing the line.
Even Professor Oaken realized what had happened. In an attempt to engineer a textbook that would cause students to superficially accept anything else and fundamentallly deny that one religion, the one person that had been assigned to study the textbook and find holes to fix was driven to the one conclusion that the textbook had meant him to deny. As far as education was concerned, there was no way that one religion was going to be brought back into schools, surely there would be something like it, but it would be made as the worst of the worst. Now this researcher had found the one thing not even he would understand, a reason to join that one religion. Even worse, he knew exactly what would be taught in that city, in that state, and in that country in every school come next year. He had that sickening feeling that Mr. Green would become a thorn in his side in the years to come as he pressed a small button that summoned the security guards from school that escorted Mr. Green outside the building. Meanwhile, the meeting continued.
“It is apparent that the book will do what we engineered it to do, but we must not let it be studdied too closely or else students will follow Mr. Green’s error. I propose that we create a workshop that emphasizes that students’ homework must be done in the class where they can be certain that the students have the right impressions to make their own interpretations. In fact, it might be best to create a companion book that teaches these religions more in depth should they ask questions. That is, of course, an issue to resolve in the weeks to come. I have to report back to to the National Undersecretary of Education to tell him that his favorite textbook will likely be approved in the committee’s first meeting next month as well as the concerns we will need to adress before then. Meeting adjurned.” Professor Oaken concluded.
Mr. Green didn’t drive home, but somewhere he could think and seek counsel. He was so new to this faith, not even belonging to it a full week, but he already felt it on his heart that he would be writing an alternative that had all the facts, the good and the bad, but would most of all answer the big questions he had only just begun to know. That was why he pulled into the church for the first time and asked to speak with a new friend. The pastor was an expert on Christian History and told him what no other book had acknowledged. Evil things had been done in the name of Jesus Christ, but it was outside of God’s will by people who were outside of God’s truth for if they were in His truth they wouldn’t have done the evil they did, but the quite the opposite. Now he was standing on the front lines and God would have a great thing for him to do.