One of our clandestine operatives, code-named “OO,” informed us of today’s letter-to-the-editor which appears in the Shawnee News-Star of Shawnee, Oklahoma. The letter is titled Belief in God, evolution are incompatible. 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. Here we go:
Atheist wins again. Now that Republicans control both the Senate and House and even the governorship, Christians still can’t seem to win. The simple answer, atheists fight harder than complacent Christians.
Egad — atheists in Oklahoma? How did they get in? The letter continues:
The National Center for Science Education seems to have great influence over our Legislature no matter which party is in control. First we had Senate Bill 1742 by Josh Brecheen (R-District 6). This bill was described as requiring every publicly funded Oklahoma school to teach the debate of creation vs. evolution. This bill died in committee on March 1, when a deadline for bills in the senate to be reported from their committees passed.
We continue to see bills important to Christians die without receiving a hearing. Our last hope was HB 1551 whose original author was Sally Kern (R-Dist. 84 Oklahoma County).
Sally Kern’s bill (see Oklahoma’s 2nd 2012 Creationism Bill — It’s Dead) was the letter-writer’s “last hope”? His situation seems hopeless indeed. We continue:
The Oklahoma Senate Education Committee in the last meeting of this secession on Monday, April 2, did not consider the bill. This is the way it goes folks. What is amazing is 77 percent here in the United States claim to be Christians (source Wikipedia; Gallop Poll says 78 percent).
The letter-writer has simplistically equated Christianity and creationism. He seems unaware of the many denominations that don’t agree with him — see the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations supporting evolution. Here’s more from today’s letter:
Oklahoma is definitely a Christian believing state, population wise. Is our Legislature afraid they might upset the ACLU? There are other states which aren’t intimidated by the ACLU. Jesus said “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
That’s a lovely quote from the Good Book, but the letter-writer somehow imagines that it’s the law. Someone should inform him that the Constitution — not the bible — is the supreme law of the land, and legislators have taken an oath to support it. Moving along:
Belief in God is incompatible with evolution. You cannot believe in God and evolution at the same time. That would be the true example of an oxymoron.
If the letter-writer wants to reject evolution, that’s his affair. But it’s tyrannical to impose such a belief on everyone in his state. Another excerpt:
For those who simply don’t know what to believe, there is new scientific information coming into the light almost daily which reveals Darwinism is a false doctrine. Check it out for yourselves.
We have checked it out for ourselves, and we continue to do so. Where does the letter-writer get his information? He provides a link to this flamingly creationist website, the design of which seems inspired by The Time Cube. After that, he concludes his letter with this:
Seek the truth. The anti-Christians (evolutionist) will push back harder than most Christians.
Seek the truth? That’s good advice. And so we depart from Oklahoma. Swiftly.
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