Today’s letter appears in the Kennebec Journal located in Augusta, Maine, the state capitol. It’s titled Fairy tale of evolution vs. truth of creationism. 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:
This letter is in response to your political cartoon of April 15 that shows a blackboard with the words “Evolution” and “Creationism.” The teacher points at “Creationism” and says, “And this theory proves that some humans have evolved a lot less than others.”
We’ve posted about that cartoon before, when it appeared in another paper (see Creationist Wisdom #241: Food for Thought). This is probably the cartoon. It doesn’t seem like that big a deal, but it really drives creationists crazy. The letter-writer continues:
I think the cartoonist and your editor are showing their bigotry, crassness and hatred against Christianity. Even worse is your affront toward God Almighty.
Yowie — an affront toward God Almighty! Let’s read on:
Evolution is a theory of Charles Darwin that claims to tell the origins of mankind. This makes Darwinism a religion, which can be believed by only faith on scant evidence to uphold it. This religion permeates our classrooms from public primary school through college.
It’s a religion! We continue:
The story is, a blob of matter in space exploded (Big Bang) and made all the planets, sun and heavenly bodies etc. Then, bacteria self-existed and evolved to make all the plants and animals. Since this took place over billions of years, there are no witnesses or evidence to prove it. Shouldn’t there be some species in between the species (missing links)?
Billions of years, no witnesses, no evidence, no missing links. Here’s more:
The Bible says [two paragraphs of preaching omitted].
You can click to the newspaper to read that. Here’s how the letter ends:
It is unjust for Christian people to be forced by our taxes to support atheistic religion in public schools, while paying tuition, transportation, etc. to support our Christian schools.
There are some good comments at the end of the letter. Not everyone in Maine is crazy.
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