Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the the Evansville Courier & Press of Evansville, Indiana. The letter is titled Creationism tells of our existence. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city.
It begins by referring to an earlier letter, Creation science shows resurgence of state’s legislative hubris. Today’s letter-writer says: “I would like the opportunity to agree to disagree,” and then … well, here it comes:
As a Christian, I personally embrace the idea of teaching creationism (the absolute truth about our very existence) in the public school system. At 62 years of age I have lived and experienced many cultural changes; therefore, I can discern between fact and fiction.
Let’s see how good he really is at doing that. The letter continues:
[L]egally, I must agree with Mr. Bandoli [the earlier letter-writer]; the bill he refers to mandating the teaching of the creation in schools doesn’t have a prayer to pass. It may be taken to the Indiana Supreme Court where, ultimately, it would probably be thrown out, citing the Edwards v. Aguillard case from 1987. He also states, why fight it?
Why fight the Supreme Court? Let’s read on:
Well, Mr.Bandoli, why fight anything? I’m certain the American Civil Liberties Union would fight it. No, it is not a bad bill, just bad timing. It is unfortunate that Mr. Bandoli exemplifies arrogance in his statements, while at the same time he charges that those sponsoring the bill are arrogant.
Ah, he wants to fight the Supreme Court because they, and those who reject creationism, are arrogant. But of course, today’s letter-writer isn’t arrogant. We continue:
I would like to challenge him to research a statement about those who seek knowledge, solely, and compare things they know nothing about to “scientific ignorance.” The words are as follows: “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the company of fools will be destroyed.” Here’s a clue where to find it — the most purchased book of all time.
Thanks for the clue. Here’s more:
The notion that natural evolutionary process can account for the origin of all living species has never been, nor do I believe it will ever be, established as fact.
Are you, dear reader, as impressed as we are at the letter-writer’s lack of arrogance? And now we come to the end:
Nor is it “scientific” in any true sense of the word. No scientific experience or observation will give us knowledge of where we came from or how we got here. Just as you do, I have faith and trust in things I cannot see.
So there you are. The comments after the letter are all pretty good, so far.
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