TODAY’S EXAMPLE of creationist wisdom is from Michigan Live, which appears to be the online presence for several Michigan papers, including the Saginaw News where this was first printed: Letters: Teach intelligent design, science.
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:
Kerry Irons’ July 29 letter in opposition to intelligent design states: “Those who blithely ignore the scientific evidence are not going to distinguish themselves in a debate about science.” True, but neither are those who ignore the awesome evidence for intelligent design when in a debate about science.
Whoa! We’d be interested in knowing about some of that awesome evidence. Let’s see what this letter-writer has to offer:
Consider: Scientists are supposed to stick to the facts, the evidence. So doing, they will follow the evidence wherever it leads. They will rule nothing out of bounds in the quest for truth. However, many in the scientific community remain loyal to the teachings of Charles Darwin.
Honest scientists admit that they have no proof of things having come into being by chance and that they have no evidence or facts whatsoever of any creature having evolved from another. If evolution from one species to another were fact, archeologists would find multitudinous stages of animals gradually evolving into another kind. They, on close and honest examination, find not even one.
We shall briefly interrupt this brilliant man’s letter to present a modest rebuttal: List of transitional fossils. Moving along now:
Thus, honest and true scientists would confess that the above leaves the door wide open for intelligent design.
Right. By the way, letter-writer, where’s that “the awesome evidence for intelligent design” you mentioned? We’ll read on in the hope of finding some:
Is the preciseness of the universe an accident or product of nature? What of the human brain? What of the fact that each person has fingerprints that are unique, different from all others. If someone pointed to a bicycle and said to you that it had no maker, that it just came into being, you surely would not believe that. How immeasurably more complicated is even the smallest living thing to a million bicycles?
In other words, the letter-writer is telling us: “I’m totally stupefied by everything I see. Therefore … Oogity Boogity!” Okay, gotcha. Let’s read on:
Those who oppose the Bible and religious liberties have chosen the classroom of our public schools to launch a new offensive against religion, especially against biblical Christianity. How wicked. To indoctrinate children to faith in evolution — which actually teaches the religion of hopelessness and meaninglessness — teaches children to view life as cheap and rather purposeless. Thus, record numbers of youth of today are troublemakers or commit suicide, with a record number of our citizens being in prisons.
Only one response is appropriate here: Aaarrrgghhh!
And now — too soon! — this brilliant letter is coming to a close:
How we need faith in God as creator taught alongside faith in the theory of evolution in our schools. Evolutionists want none of that, as they know such honest science would have no chance of belief when taught alongside intelligent design.
What a difference the teachings of both faiths would make.
[Name and city omitted]
We’re still waiting for “the awesome evidence for intelligent design” the letter-writer mentioned. Maybe it’ll show up one of these days. We promise to be open-minded.