Great title, huh? 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.
“We hold these truths self-evident, that all men are created … by their Creator … with inalienable (God-given) rights …” – Primary founding statement in the United States Declaration of Independence.
You know we’re off to a good start when the letter-writer begins by quote-mining Jefferson’s elegant prose about “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” But that’s just the beginning. It gets better:
Can we explain how a nation founded on such a statement can exclude the creation and God from its education, its science and its government actions?
Your Curmudgeon can explain it. The Declaration isn’t the law. State education is required to be secular by virtually all state constitutions, and the federal government is prohibited by the First Amendment from establishing religion. That’s not too complicated, is it? As for excluding the letter-writer’s “creation and God” from science — that’s just too easy. Let’s read on:
Thirty-five years ago, it was proven, included in scientific journals, and never refuted, that all granite in our planet contains an effect called “Polonium Halos” by its discoverer, Dr. Robert Gentry, which could only exist under two conditions, that the granite (and thus the Earth) was created instantaneously, cold. That’s right, no heat, no millions of years, instantaneously and at room temperature. Education, science and government judges ignore it and declare God banished from their circles.
Lordy, lordy — polonium halos. We haven’t run into that one for quite some time. It has long been listed and debunked at the TalkOrigins website: Index to Creationist Claims. See Claim CF201: Polonium haloes indicate a young earth. We continue with the letter:
Dr. Michael Behe, one of the, if not the foremost, microbiologists, along with many others, have proved that even the most elementary living cells have micro machines of vast ability and irreducible complexity of many parts, a fact that even Darwin said would make his theory of evolution null and void. Yet evolution is still foisted as the truth, and science, education and government ignore these facts and more, much much more.
We won’t waste your time on that clunker. It too is debunked at the TalkOrigins website. See Claim CB200: Some systems are irreducibly complex. Here’s more from today’s letter:
Why is this in a nation that says it was created by God in its foundation? Simple, for both macro and micro science to deny God makes man, and specifically the men in charge, gods in their own minds and the rest of us without God-given rights, slaves to the State and surfs to these self-proclaimed and in-control kings and princes of America.
Aaaargh!! God is being denied by both “macro and micro science” to make gods of politicians and to make us their slaves. What can we say to that? It’s true that the government has grown way too large and meddlesome, but somehow we doubt that state-mandated creationism is the solution. Moving along:
All over our capital city, all over the writings of our founders, the establishing of a Christian worldview nation with Christian and biblical education as a mandatory part of our education system …
Yeah, yeah — the Founders intended this country to be one big happy Sunday school. Sure. See Is America a “Christian Nation”?
Now we’ll jump to the end of the letter, and this is where it gets really creepy. Oh, the open bracket is in the original, so we left it as it appears:
“If government becomes destructive of these rights, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it [those responsible…” – Third part of that foundational statement of the Declaration of Independence.
Does the letter-writer mean to encourage a holy war against evolution? Click over to the Coloradoan, read the entire letter, and reach your own conclusion.
Copyright © 2011. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.