This letter isn’t really great creationism, but it’s all we could find today so it’ll have to suffice. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and as we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis.
It begins, as these things often do, by referring to an earlier letter with which today’s letter-writer disagrees, so that prior letter is a good place to start. It’s the third letter here: Pseudoscience, and after discussing the Kitzmiller case it says:
Every couple of years this comes up, and needs to be challenged immediately, lest it be believed that there is new, unrefuted evidence supporting the pseudosciences of Creationism or Intelligent Design. When you look behind the curtain of Intelligent Design Theory, you will always find a Creationist or someone who wishes to reinsert Christian dogma and worship into public schools and insisting we all believe an idea that long ago was found to be false.
Well! Today’s letter-writer didn’t like that at all. After referring to that earlier letter and the Kitzmiller case, today’s letter says:
Malarkey. Teaching intelligent design, among other theories, may lead to acknowledgement of a creator. It does not lead to any specific religion, and those who live in fear of the spread of Christianity need not fret.
Aha! The Kitzmiller case is “malarkey.” Today’s letter-writer has found a way around it. Teaching ID doesn’t lead to any specific religion, so if it it only leads to religion in general, then it’s okay. Good point!
We note, however, that the First Amendment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion …” without referring to any particular sect, but perhaps today’s letter-writer has a transcendent source of information about such things that isn’t available to us. Let’s read on:
The U.S. Constitution promises freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion, nor freedom from facts.
What it promises is that the government won’t establish a religion — any religion. And since today’s letter is published in Wisconsin, we looked to see what that state’s constitution says on the subject. This is Article I, Section 18:
The right of every person to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of conscience shall never be infringed; nor shall any person be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry, without consent; nor shall any control of, or interference with, the rights of conscience be permitted, or any preference be given by law to any religious establishments or modes of worship; nor shall any money be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of religious societies, or religious or theological seminaries.
We hate to disappoint the letter-writer, but it appears to us that the state schools in Wisconsin can’t teach either creationism or its mutant love-child, intelligent design. We continue:
There is a significant amount of factual evidence supporting intelligent design.
Yeah, okay. There is an equal amount of evidence that your Curmudgeon is the Queen of Sheba. Here’s more:
Judges should not be telling schools what to teach.
Judges don’t tell schools what to teach. But sometimes they have to remind schools about what the Constitution says they can’t teach. This is the letter’s concluding sentence:
This demand for “separation of church and state” has reached a new level of foolishness.
Ohhhhh! “Separation of church and state” in scare quotes! That’s a new one. So there you are. Not a great letter, but not all that bad, really.
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