WE HAVEN’T HAD one of these for a while, so here we go. Today’s example comes from California’s North County Times. It’s the last in a section of letters from their readers: Even students see evolution as a joke.
As is our custom with such matters, we’ll copy the letter in its entirety, omitting only the writer’s name and city. We may add a bit of bold — and sometimes color — for emphasis. We’ll also add our own commentary between the quoted paragraphs. Okay, here you go:
Curtis Croulet [presumably the writer of a letter published earlier] claims in his July 29 letter that Intelligent Design has not made headway because “nobody …. has offered any positive evidence for it.” I don’t know where Mr. Croulet has been the last few years, but nothing could be further from the truth. To evolutionists, I.D. is the gorilla in the room: They pretend it’s not there, but everyone else can see it plainly. That’s why evolutionists must criticize it.
Ah, perhaps this writer — at last! — will reveal to us at least some of the long-promised evidence for ID? We read on:
Evolution has become a de facto secular religion in this land, politically correct all the time, and any attempts to point out its flaws or suggest a viable alternative are met with horrific consequences. A scientist or educator who would dare criticize this precious theory risks his job, his grants and his tenure, and is subject to ridicule from “true believers.” It’s no wonder evolutionists keep saying that most scientists “believe” evolution. They really don’t have a choice.
We’ve seen historical examples of “horrific consequences” that were faced by brave thinkers before — the examples range from being poisoned, like Socrates, to being burned at the stake, like Giordano Bruno, to merely being threatened with torture, then forced to recant and kept under house arrest for the remainder of his life, like Galileo, to being only arrested and fined, like John Scopes.
What are the “horrific consequences” facing a creation “scientist”? Failure to get the job he wants? Failure to have his contract renewed? Being laughed at by his would-be colleagues? O the horror!
Continuing with the letter:
An acquaintance of mine who teaches science in a local public school has discovered a novel way of handling this problem. When he gets to the unit on evolution, he picks students to read aloud from the textbook. After a few sentences, you can hear chuckling in the classroom. Soon, it turns to outright laughter. He allows the students to discuss it openly, and when it’s all done, the consensus is that evolution is a big joke, and he didn’t have to say a word. Maybe the ACLU would like to sue his students.
What? No evidence for ID? Well, we’ve been waiting for 150 years; we can wait a bit longer.
[Name and city omitted]
There you are, Curmudgeon fans. Lunacy is no no bar to getting one’s ideas published.