WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Both sides of the coin, which appears in the Casper Star Tribune of Casper, Wyoming. We’ll copy most of today’s letter, omitting the writer’s name and city, adding some bold for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:
In reading John Janski’s recent letter to the editor (“Conversion isn’t a goal,” April 2), let’s try to sort out some confusion!
We found that referenced letter: Conversion isn’t a goal. It’s by a self-described atheist who is opposed to teaching creationism. Today’s letter-writer offers to sort out the confusion the earlier letter may have caused. We can’t wait, so let’s read on:
His problem is with the (“government supported,” which means “we the people” support) school system in teaching creationism as well as evolution. His concern is in teaching creationism “theory” which has no evidence!
Will today’s letter-writer provide us with evidence for creationism? We eagerly continue:
I’m wondering how he thinks this world is hanging out here in space, it being just a minute speck in the universe.
Jeepers! That’s a profound point. Here’s more:
His reference to a “fact-based theory” (evolution) is an oxymoron as theory is a hypothesis proposed as an explanation by a reasonable guess.
Aaaargh!! Everything we’ve been taught is wrong — all wrong! This is an exciting letter. Let’s not stop:
His reference to creationism being a religion is incorrect. Religion is a specific system of worship such as: Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, etc. Separation of church and state is just that — government not imposing a specific system of worship to all. Creationism is a doctrine (most certainly not a religion) that all things were created by God.
A doctrine, not a religion. Okay. Here’s another excerpt:
Can you figure out how all of the different breeds of animals, kinds of flowers, different nationalities, vegetables, amazing physical complexity of the human body, and the magnificence of our bodies’ function s beginning as a baby can be explained by evolution from one single-celled amoeba?
Wow — what a truly original question! Can we figure out how the origin of species is explained by evolution?
While you’re mulling that one over, the rest of us are proceeding to the letter’s end:
At any rate, since the government pays for education, what is wrong with presenting both sides of the coin? Why should the government (we the people) support only the theory of evolution? Is discrimination politically correct?
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
Deep questions, presented to us by a deep thinker in Casper, Wyoming. Deep! There is much to ponder here.
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