This is a very short letter so we’ll copy it all, omitting the writer’s name and city, adding some bold for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:
A Jan. 6 article included an image of the universe 600 million years after the Big Bang. The disturbing part of the article is the way the ”Big Bang” is presented as fact, when it is only a theory and cannot be proven, at least not yet.
Yes, it’s very disturbing. Let’s read on:
Forget about ”In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” — what really happened was, there was this Big Bang! Oh, really?
He’s right — the newspaper should have presented both sides. After all, they’re both perfectly good, scientific theories. We continue:
Last month, I seem to recall reading in The Morning Call a reprint of Virginia’s letter and an editor’s answer regarding Santa Claus. So The Morning Call can’t be accused of being one-sided.
He’s probably taking about this oldie-goldie: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
Having established that the newspaper supports at least some children’s stories, the letter-writer wraps it up like this:
Evolution, global warming, and the Big Bang — I think I’ll put my money on God and Santa Claus!
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
That’s a peculiar pair of preferences, but when one rejects science, the letter-writer’s choice makes as much sense as any other. We support his freedom to have the worldview that makes him happy.
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