Today we have a Canadian reaction to the well-known viral video in which Bill Nye Blasts Creationism.
This letter-to-the-editor appears in the Sarnia Observer of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The letter is titled The evolving creationist argument. 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:
Sir: Have you seen the new video put out by Bill Nye “The Science Guy?” No? Allow me to fill you in since many easily influenced teenagers who spend hours online every day have already been polluted by it.
Polluted! And that was just the beginning. It gets better:
Essentially Nye had a stern warning for us ‘Creationists’ — a dire prediction that if we didn’t stop teaching our children they were specially created by God and rather allow the atheists to indoctrinate our children into the religious tenet of evolution — the engine which drives modern atheism — then the little darlings won’t grow up to be the engineers we will need in the future.
Nye’s video doesn’t even come close to advocating atheism, but you already know that. Let’s read on:
Did you happen to catch the non sequitur? No? Answer me this: What does becoming an engineer have to do with believing you are an animal? Absolutely nothing!
Hey — good point! Any life-form can be an engineer; and humans aren’t animals — at least not in Canada. The letter continues:
In fact, Mr. Nye used to work at Boeing and trust me, we can all thank God he didn’t use evolution techniques to engineer airplanes. Imagine sending a tornado through a yard full of airplane parts and expecting a perfectly good airplane to result.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s referring to Hoyle’s fallacy as an actual description of “evolution techniques.” We love this letter! Here’s more:
Last week a study was released by Encode and written about in no less than 30 secular science rags which drove yet another nail in the evolution coffin which is rapidly running out of room for nails.
Lordy, lordy — the letter-writer thinks the junk DNA issue is fatal to evolution! In truth it’s irrelevant, but he’s not alone in his confusion. See ICR Goes Ape Over the ENCODE Research.
The final paragraph is a raving mad peroration, and you can easily picture the letter-writer’s flaming red face, the foam on his lips, and hear his high-pitched, shrieking tone. We’ll skip the digs against local politicians who mean nothing to us, but the rest is the purist and most overwrought creationist rant we’ve encountered yet. Brace yourself, because here it comes:
It’s time to give our children the truth, the scientific truth, and allow them to fulfill their God-given purpose. It’s time for Sarnia to become a purpose-driven city and jettison the atheist myth of evolution. … It’s time for Sarnia to really take a stand for its kids and take them back from the atheists, because the atheists are wrong
Yes, it’s time. And it’s also time for the letter-writer to calm down before he explodes. He’s frightening the walruses.
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