WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Don’t be scared by creationism, which appears in the Daily Herald — “suburban Chicago’s information source.” Here’s a Wikipedia entry on them: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), which says:
The paper’s longtime slogan has been “To fear God, tell the truth and make money.”
We’ll copy most of today’s letter, but we’ll omit the writer’s name and city, and we’ll add some bold for emphasis, plus our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:
My hero Lindsey Stevens is correct.
Lindsey who? Oh, he’s the 14-year-old creationist who wrote this 03 July letter which appeared in the same paper: Creationism is based on real science, more valid theory. It’s difficult to believe that we missed that one, but somehow it’s not included in our collection.
Well, it is now — thanks to today’s letter-writer who admires young Lindsey. Let’s read some more:
Creationism is real science. Disbelievers are those who have not studied the subject since they were in grade school. They have accepted the bazaar [sic] teachings that one day there was water, then tadpoles, then apes, and then – presto – man.
How very strange — that “presto” stuff accepted by the “disbelievers” seems to be a fairly accurate description of six-day creationism. Anyway, we continue:
Wow, it has to take some really strong faith to believe anything so ridiculous. It is a “theory”.
A theory! That’s the creationists’ term for “blasphemy accepted on faith,” in contrast to The Truth™ accepted on faith. Here’s more:
I don’t know why evolutionists are so afraid to expose students to creationism along with evolution. Let me suggest one book for starters, “The Case for a Creator.”
That’s one of the popular creationist books. It’s written by Lee Strobel. He lives in the same location where the Daily Herald is published, and it’s likely that he’s a local celebrity in creationist circles. Hey — he’s highly regarded by the Discovery Institute. See: Lee Strobel, Moderator – Darwin Vs. Design Conferences. They also promote him and his book here.
Let’s get back to today’s letter:
The “science” of creationism is amazing and educational. Lindsey and I are not afraid of evolution – why are you afraid of creationism.
That’s an interesting question, dear reader — why are you afraid? While you’re pondering that, we’ve arrived at the letter’s end:
All we say is, teach a little of both. Do some current research. Don’t let it scare you!
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
When people sense that they’re not achieving success with whatever it is they’re promoting, they often comfort themselves by thinking that their opponents are afraid. This is not unique to creationism.
Your Curmudgeon would like today’s letter-writer to consider an alternative explanation: Sometimes, rejection isn’t based on fear. In this case it’s the result of complete comprehension — and revulsion.
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