Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville, Tennessee — the oldest newspaper in Tennessee. The letter is audaciously titled Evidence manipulated on warming, evolution. 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. Okay, here we go:
In reference to the Guest Editorial, “Scopes trial rerun for state?” on April 5: The writer of this editorial seems very arrogant and angry.
The letter-writer is referring to this: Scopes trial rerun for state? It was typical of dozens — perhaps hundreds — of columns and editorials we’ve seen from around the US and other countries too, expressing dismay over the Tennessee Legislature’s recent anti-science education law. Today’s letter resumes:
If they are so sure of the evolution (theory) why are they afraid of both sides of the story and have to demean those with a different opinion?
Ah — What are they afraid of? That’s brilliant! Hey, why not have an orgy advocate give a lecture to the kiddies during their abstinence class? What are they afraid of? Let’s read on:
Most people, including scientists, don’t believe in global warming. Most people believe in God including, half of scientists.
Gotta teach what “most people” believe. That’s good science education. The letter continues:
Scientists however, must be careful with the issues like evolution and global warming because of government grants, job security and ridicule.
Right. Tens of thousands of scientists are being bribed by their fabulous academic salaries, and they’re all such sensitive souls that they won’t risk any ridicule by asking questions. That’s why they’re all lying about everything. Here’s more:
Why is there such a manipulation of evidence i.e. climate gate? Why is so much of the evolution evidence a fraud like Piltdown man, Nebraska man and much more? l don’t believe in evolution because it requires too much faith.
Wow — Climate-gate, Piltdown man, and Nebraska man — all in the same paragraph! If you haven’t seen our oldie-goldie post, Piltdown Man: The Creationists’ Savior, you might check it out later. For now, let’s move along with today’s letter:
Scientific fact has scientific proven principles. What is the science principle of something from nothing (big bang)? There is none. We all know you cannot get something from nothing or life from non-life. Something appearing from nothing or life appearing from non-life is a magician’s trick, not science.
Impressed? We certainly are. No cheap magician’s tricks for this guy — he’s sticking with Genesis all the way. And now we come to the end:
If you find a watch, you would not believe that the watch made itself, there must be a watch maker. lf you see creation you know it did not make itself, there must me a Creator, God.
Hey — William Paley’s watchmaker analogy from 1802. That’s well before Darwin’s theory and it’s still going strong.
Admit it, dear reader — this letter is a keeper!
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