We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Concept of evolution continues to fragment, which appears in the Tennessean, the daily newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee. We’ll give you a few excerpts from this letter, and we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:
Rather than bringing the supernatural into science classrooms, the issue is about giving children a grounding in critical thinking and analysis. Evolution does not promote, or even invite, investigation based on modern day observations or knowledge.
In case you’re wondering, the letter is about the Creationism Bill currently moving through the Tennessee legislature. Let’s read on:
Evolution is certainly discredited by Sen. Bo Watson’s bill, but also by many of its own presumptions. The concept of evolution continues to fragment as we come to know more about the complexity of life and the world around us. So much of evolution must be taken on faith that it may itself be considered a religion.
The more we know, the worse it gets for evolution. We continue:
Evolution is about teaching children what to think rather than how to think. In the few generations since neo-Darwinism has dominated the American classroom we have seen our scientific scholarship severely diminished. It is evident that a single, narrow-minded, and confusing dogma retards our scientific progress.
Yes — the letter-writer has identified the problem! Teaching evolution retards scientific progress. If we want to go to the stars we have to teach about Noah’s Ark! Here’s more:
Christian creationism is not necessarily the “other side of the story.” The other side of the evolution story is that evolution is not supported by our scientific understanding of the natural energies, forces and mechanisms in evidence today. Bad science is being taught as a given in American schools today.
There is much to learn from this letter, but now we come to the end:
This bill, properly applied to the Tennessee classroom, can help open the minds of children today that will guide our progress in the future.
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
This is one of those letters that leaves us speechless. Well, except for this: Aaaargh!!
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