Creationist Wisdom #221: Science is Bunk

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Commercial Appeal located in Memphis, Tennessee. The letter is titled The Bible will empower us. 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.

The letter-writer begins by referring to someone’s earlier letter. He claims that the writer of the earlier letter “does not understand how this great nation was founded.” But today’s letter-writer does, of course. Here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:

As our Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution, they used the influence of the Holy Bible more than any other book or document. One of our state universities found this to be true.

Blatant balderdash! We’ve previously discussed this in detail. See Is America a “Christian Nation”? The letter continues:

Their “self-evident” truths must come from the book of absolute truth, the Bible. Even though this book was written many centuries ago and was inspired by God, it is still relevant today, and many of its prophecies have been fulfilled. No other book matches it.

Jefferson’s self-evident truths were mentioned in the Declaration, not the Constitution, but let’s not quibble. As to the source, Jefferson undoubtedly got those ideas from David Hume and John Locke — Enlightenment philosophers. Let’s read on:

The writer pokes fun at the Republican candidates who he says do not believe in evolution or global warming. Many scientists do not even believe in these myths.

Not too many. We continue:

Evolution is not even scientific. It cannot be experimented or observed. Nothing about it has ever been proved. The laws of thermodynamics disprove it, and no missing links have ever been found and never will be found. But we still erroneously teach it as fact in public education. No wonder our math and science scores are declining; we are teaching error as truth.

Nice little collection of creationist nonsense. Here’s more:

Global warming is another science-fiction tale. Even if we believed it, we would have to be pretty arrogant to believe we can do anything to stop it or improve it. Man’s contribution of greenhouse gases is many times less than nature’s, which means that God is in control.

Yeah, okay. And now we come to the end:

Math and science can’t get America on the right track. But a dependency and reliance on God and the Bible will.

So there you are, dear reader. Oh, the newspaper takes comments, and those we looked at are rather scathing. It’s gratifying to see that there are intelligent people in Memphis.

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4 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #221: Science is Bunk

  1. Sigh…obviously NEVER read anything from the founding fathers.

  2. The idiot was responding to this:
    http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/nov/13/my-thoughts-empowering-attributes-for-america/
    …..The anachronistic rhetoric of “American exceptionalism” and false bravado of politicians are unlikely to get us through our current difficulties. I believe that cutting-edge science and innovative technologies are going to be an essential solution to our nation’s problems. It is dismaying to learn that most of the Republican presidential candidates do not believe in evolution or global warming.

    While I cannot fathom how politicians compartmentalize their faith and reason, their apparent anti-science stance troubles me. How on Earth, in the 21st century, can an educated American’s (even a politician’s) world view be informed mainly by the literal interpretation of books written centuries ago? ………

    Rajendra Raghow, Ph.D., is a professor of Pharmacology, Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

  3. Charley Horse: “How on Earth, in the 21st century, can an educated American’s (even a politician’s) world view be informed mainly by the literal interpretation of books written centuries ago? ………”

    I deeply suspect most of the politicians are just pandering for standing in the Republican primaries. You have to respect Huntsman in that regard.

  4. During the last election many creationists were elected by
    the “Retaliban” party. Here in my area we now have a
    US Rep. whose career consists of working on his father’s farm.
    High school grad and gospel singer. As far as I know he has
    only allowed one interview by the local paper or anywhere else.
    His handlers are not allowing him to speak off the cuff and
    have him under complete control.

    I see no good coming from electing any Republicans as long as
    the fundies have so much control. We really need Obama to
    appoint at least one more justice to the Supreme Court, too.

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