Today we present a letter-to-the-editor titled Do not censor the classroom, which appears in the News Star of Monroe, Louisiana. We’ll give you some excerpts from today’s letter, and we’ll also add some bold for emphasis, plus our usual Curmudgeonly commentary between paragraphs. Here we go:
The News-Star has now published three columns that object to the introduction of intelligent design in science classrooms, along with the theory of evolution, and denounced it as religious ignorance.
They failed to understand the intelligent design theory is a secular theory, drawing from inferences from scientific data and does not depend on any religious beliefs or books for its basis.
Right. Intelligent design “is a secular theory,” No religion involved! Who knew? Perhaps the letter-writer should check out the Discovery Institute’s wedge strategy. Hey, here’s the letter-writer’s own website: Jack Wright. Let’s read on:
As a former college professor [sociology], it is interesting to me that the theory of evolution is the only subject which demands no competing theories be introduced in either its textbooks or classroom discussions.
Come on, Jack. If there really were any competing scientific theories, they’d be taught. See Kitzmiller v. Dover: Is ID Science? We continue:
Scientific physics has determined recently that the vast size and great age of our universe are not coincidental. These facts are indispensable conditions for the existence of life on Earth and it is called the “The Anthropic Principle.”
Lordy, lordy. We’ve discussed that one here: Common Creationist Claims Confuted. On with the letter:
There are numerous other examples of intelligent design in the origin and development of our universe. But the scientific evidence points out that our universe was designed for life.
Yes, even the sun is crawling with life. it’s wonderful!
There are several other creationist clichés in today’s letter. Click over to the News Star to enjoy them all.
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