I am a Lake Stevens High School student in Mr. McDonald’s American Literature class, and was appalled when I awoke to the Feb. 22 article, “Bible essay stirs trouble for teacher.” I’ve had the pleasure of learning from Mr. McDonald for close to two years now, and I strongly feel that the accusations against him are unjust. Never once has he “put down” Christianity in his classroom, but always addressed it (and all others) with an open mind. The purpose of the handouts on Genesis and “The Problem with Evil” was meant as an exercise to see the sharply contrasting views on the subject; nothing more.
Mr. McDonald was attempting to open our eyes to other cultures’ perspectives, and encourage insightful discussions. I feel that Mr. McDonald should not be penalized for disclosing his lack of religious affiliation, because it has generated no bias in his lessons. Mr. McDonald is an exceptional teacher, and I wish I had more like him.