This one was brought to our attention by one of our clandestine operatives. The best thing about it is that it’s blessedly brief. 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.
First, the letter-writer quotes something from a 1979 magazine article. We’ll skip that and get right to the good stuff:
The Discovery Institute publicized a two-page statement signed by more than 600 scientists titled, “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism.” It stated in part: “We are skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.”
The statement signed by the Discoveroid dissenters is notable mostly for what it doesn’t say. For example, although it’s probably the case with some of the signers, it doesn’t say that they literally reject evolution, and it certainly doesn’t say that they’re creationists or that they accept Intelligent Design. It doesn’t really say much of anything, except that they’re “skeptical” — a term presumably chosen to permit as many as possible to sign.
Let’s return to the letter in the Wichita Eagle:
American freedom depends on teaching the whole truth. Give our students both sides of the picture and let them make their own decisions.
Yes, if experience teaches us anything, it’s that the best way to resolve scientific questions is to leave it up to the children to decide such things.
As we promised, this is a brief letter, and now we come to the end:
Light dispels darkness and, on an even field, the scientific truth of intelligent design will brilliantly expose Darwinism for what it is.
What can we say? The letter-writer is probably one of the leading intellectuals in Kansas, and he can’t tell light from Shinola.
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