Creationist Wisdom #261: Light and Darkness

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Wichita Eagle of Wichita, Kansas, and the title is Teach whole truth. You’ll have to scroll down past a few other letters until you see it.

This one was brought to our attention by one of our clandestine operatives. The best thing about it is that it’s blessedly brief. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city.

First, the letter-writer quotes something from a 1979 magazine article. We’ll skip that and get right to the good stuff:

The Discovery Institute publicized a two-page statement signed by more than 600 scientists titled, “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism.” It stated in part: “We are skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.”

The last time we wrote about the Discoveroids’ tragically woeful list was NCSE’s “Project Steve” Now Has 1,200 Steves. There’s also a Wikipedia article on it: A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism.

The statement signed by the Discoveroid dissenters is notable mostly for what it doesn’t say. For example, although it’s probably the case with some of the signers, it doesn’t say that they literally reject evolution, and it certainly doesn’t say that they’re creationists or that they accept Intelligent Design. It doesn’t really say much of anything, except that they’re “skeptical” — a term presumably chosen to permit as many as possible to sign.

Let’s return to the letter in the Wichita Eagle:

American freedom depends on teaching the whole truth. Give our students both sides of the picture and let them make their own decisions.

Yes, if experience teaches us anything, it’s that the best way to resolve scientific questions is to leave it up to the children to decide such things.

As we promised, this is a brief letter, and now we come to the end:

Light dispels darkness and, on an even field, the scientific truth of intelligent design will brilliantly expose Darwinism for what it is.

What can we say? The letter-writer is probably one of the leading intellectuals in Kansas, and he can’t tell light from Shinola.

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14 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #261: Light and Darkness

  1. “Light dispels darkness and, on an even field, the scientific truth of intelligent design will brilliantly expose Darwinism for what it is,” that Darwinism is the only relevant, intelligent, rational, scientific explanation of the biological world view. I’ll buy into that.

  2. “the scientific truth of intelligent design will brilliantly expose Darwinism for what it is”

    Truer words were never spoken.

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    Found a great set of YouTubes by a former creationist. Why I am no longer a creationist at http://topdocumentaryfilms.com

  4. The whole truth

    Did someone say “the whole truth”? ;)

    Regarding this:

    “American freedom depends on teaching the whole truth. Give our students both sides of the picture and let them make their own decisions.”

    Uh, yeah, brainwash children with impossible, monstrous, threatening, religious fairy tales and then “let them make their own decisions”.

    And “both sides”? There are just two sides? So they’re saying that ANY science denying/hating religious beliefs are ‘one side’ and that scientific reasoning, research, and evidence (what IDCs call “Darwinism”) are the ‘other’ side. Well, it’s nice of them to admit that ALL religious crackpots are on their “side”.

    On an “even field”? What? What “field” are they referring to that is not “even”? NO ONE is stopping IDCs from publishing or otherwise showing any actual evidence of their claims. What they mean by “even” is science blindly accepting and promoting “ID” as a valid, evidence based, scientific theory even though there’s no evidence to support it and it’s just a dishonest creationist (dominionist) agenda.

  5. Ceteris Paribus

    The letter writer says: “Give our students both sides of the picture and let them make their own decisions.”

    You think every time the subject of birth control comes up in the local high school health classes, this letter writer gets busy imploring the school board to teach both the fundagelical abstinence-only method along side realistic methods of preventing pregnancy, and then just stand aside to let the students “make their own decisons”?

  6. Was Isaac Newton a genius? Nah, let students hear both sides of gravity, the calculus, light, etc., and decide for themselves whether or not Newton was right. Same for Einstein, and all the other great scientists and their theories. Gosh, just let high school, and lower grade, students decide what theories are right. They, the students, are all geniuses, on par with these scientists, aren’t they?

  7. Yeah, it’s a cheap laugh about these idiots, but they vote and state boards of education and state and US representatives listen to whatever will keep them in office. Everyone who reads this will be long dead before evidence finally slaps down this silly “I’ve got this old BOOK!” argument. Of course keep trying, but don’t expect a miracle. :)

  8. if experience teaches us anything, it’s that the best way to resolve scientific questions is to leave it up to the children to decide such things.

    Along with all the other examples already mentioned, let ‘em decide whether the germ theory of disease is true and whether or not they should be vaccinated. Sadly, this sort of madness is not merely restricted to religious zealots. Recently, children in the US began dying again from whooping cough and the parents that are responsible mostly don’t withhold vaccinations on religious grounds.

  9. If you really want to stir up trouble, it wouldn’t be about letting the kids decide the value of pi or whether the Earth is fixed.

    Let the kids decide the rules of football or basketball. Whether they think the team with the biggest score wins, or (as in golf) it should be the smallest score. Tell them about Calvinball (which seems to be the ID of sports).

    “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong” (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

  10. TomS says: “If you really want to stir up trouble, it wouldn’t be about letting the kids decide the value of pi or whether the Earth is fixed.”

    To kill this “let the kiddies decide” madness, you gotta go for the throat. Therefore, I propose a program of letting the students decide their own morality. Show them porn films for a week, followed by a week of inspirational films about people like Mother Teresa. Then let the children decide for themselves which life is better for them.

  11. SC said:

    Show them porn films for a week

    What kind? Should we use soft-core porn, like some of Shannon Tweed’s early works? Or just go hard core, a la “Behind the Green Door”?

  12. Gary asks: “What kind? Should we use soft-core porn …? Or just go hard core …”

    You read the letter. He said: “American freedom depends on teaching the whole truth.”

    What’re you? Some kind of furriner or something? Give the kiddies the whole truth!

  13. Ceteris Paribus

    And after reading some of what Christopher Hitchens had to say about the ‘morality’ of Saint Teresa, it would make for a better society if we provided free soda and popcorn to encourage the kiddies to just watch the porn.

  14. Retired Prof

    SC says, “Give the kiddies the whole truth!”

    The truth? They can’t HANDLE the truth!