Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the News Star of Monroe, Louisiana. The letter is titled Christians must accept 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. Okay, here we go:
On Aug. 22, The News-Star ran an editorial from The (Baton Rouge) Advocate with the headline “Don’t teach our kids rot.” It was an opinion piece from The Advocate that denigrated biblical creation.
We searched, but we can’t find the editorial he’s referring to. No matter, we can guess what it said. The letter continues:
I’ll bet you won’t see The Advocate or The News-Star use such derogatory language about any other religion. That wouldn’t be politically correct.
It may also be because (at least so far) no other religion is trying to use political power to force its dogma into public schools. Let’s read on:
The Advocate called the belief in the creation as stated in the Bible nonsense. I’m very offended, and all who call themselves Christians should be also.
Okay, let the letter-writer be offended. Nevertheless, creationism is nonsense. We continue:
The editorial states that creationism is bad science and mythology. The implication is that you are stupid if you believe the Bible.
Creationism is bad science. That’s why the editorial probably implied that it’s stupid to believe such mythology. Here’s more:
As anyone who can read knows evolution is a theory, which means it’s unproven. Using that fact and a little logic, then belief in the Bible has just as much basis as evolution. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
That nicely illustrates why it’s hopeless to debate with creationists — or with anyone who thinks he’s Napoleon. Moving along:
If you Google “Christian scientists” you will see the great minds of science who believed, and many who still do, in Christianity — men such as Copernicus, Bacon, Newton, Pasteur and Galileo. Galileo went so far as to say the Bible can’t be in error.
Galileo said that, but he also said that our interpretation of the bible may be in error — as in the case of the Church’s denial of the solar system. He definitely wasn’t a word-for-word literalist. That’s what got him in trouble with the Inquisition. Another excerpt:
I have no idea which mainstream churches to which the article refers don’t believe in the Biblical creation, but if you don’t believe in the infallible word of God, you can’t be called a Christian, period.
Wow — who made that guy the supreme authority? We can help the letter-writer by directing to the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations supporting evolution.
And now we come to the end:
You have a choice. Either you believe or you call God a liar.
We have more choices than that. We can also believe that certain creationist letter-writers are morons.
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