Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Yuma Sun of Yuma, Arizona. The letter is titled Teach two theories of 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.
The letter-writer begins by referring to an earlier letter:
In a letter to the editor from Jules Ohrin-Greipp, he poses the question: “Is it indoctrination when schools insist on teaching science rather than religious myth?
Here’s a link to that earlier letter: Debate the facts rather than fears, which seems to have stunned today’s letter-writer. It appears that he’s never encountered such a thought before. He struggles to make sense of it, and says:
The only conclusion I can get from this question is that he believes evolution is a fact and the Bible is not fact.
Wow! What an idea! How could anyone think such a thing? Let’s read on:
Both evolution and the universe started by a creator are theories as no one that is alive today was around millions of years ago to witness the beginning of the universe.
Yes! As everyone knows, evolution is a theory about the origin of the universe, and so is Oogity Boogity! How can you decide between them? Were you there? The letter continues:
Science, over the past 50 to 100 years, has discovered more things pointing to the Bible’s account instead of evolution.
Proof of the bible has been piling up! What follows is the usual catalog of confusion that we always find in these letters. We’ll give you a quick summary in order to spare you the task of reading actual excerpts. Let’s see … ah yes, there’s the Big Bang; that’s certainly biblical. And then there’s the fact that science can’t explain the origin of life while the bible does. Of course you know that fossils don’t support Darwin, but the Cambrian explosion supports the bible. So there you are. Okay, moving along:
There are many other scientific discoveries pointing to the accuracy of Biblical accounts and causing scientists to say we don’t have an answer, but we will.
Right. Many other discoveries. Too many to list. Another excerpt:
It seems that from this information and a great deal more, that schools should teach that there are two theories about the start of the universe and its development to this point, one scientific and one according to the Bible. Science has not been able to prove that either theory is fact or not fact.
After that massive load, we are given the source of the letter-writer’s information:
My information in this letter came from a book by Lee Strobel entitled “The Case for a Creator.”
Wowie — Lee Strobel. We haven’t seen that name mentioned for quite a while, although it shows up at the Discoveroids’ website (e.g.: Discovery Institute Scientists Will Showcase Evidence Challenging Darwinism at Knoxville Conference). It’s understandable that the Discoveroids would mention Strobel, as his book is all about intelligent design.
And now we come to the end of today’s letter:
If there are scientific facts proving that Strobel is wrong, I’d like to hear them.
From the few comments that are starting to appear in that newspaper after the letter, it would seem that no one can handle the challenge. Oogity Boogity is doing well in Yuma.
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