Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The letter is titled ‘Science Guy’ needs to go back to school. 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:
Bill Nye the ‘Science Guy’ claims that “religious based dismissal of evolution endangers US science” (DNJ Sept 24, 2012). How did the ‘Science Guy’ become so un-scientific? What scientific data did he use to arrive at his conclusion? How did he experimentally test his hypothesis?
As you surely know, the letter-writer is talking about the viral video, Bill Nye Blasts Creationism. The letter continues:
On the contrary, the teaching of evolution has gone on unrestrained in our public schools for decades. Is it a coincidence that our country has dropped to 23rd in the world in science education? Many think not.
Many think not? We suspect that many of those many also think they’ve been abducted and probed by aliens — many times. Let’s read on:
The classic scientific method consists of hypothesis, model, theory, and law.
Uh huh, and the classic ignoramus who writes creationist letters-to-the-editor always seems to write sentences like that. We continue:
In order for a hypothesis to be considered a valid theory, it must be confirmed through repeated experimental tests. Has macro evolution (all plants, animals, and people descendant from a single ancestor) ever been tested and proven through repeated experimental tests? NO! Then why do we teach it to our children as a law of nature? In doing so we are teaching our children not to think critically with an open mind and thus we stifle innovation and valid scientific research.
Oh, if only the kiddies could be taught to think critically — like this letter-writer! Here’s more:
Bill Nye states that adults can dismiss evolution, “but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.” What do you need them for Bill … to indoctrinate them into a Godless, un-scientific ideology?
A godless, un-scientific ideology? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Where does one find such a thing? Moving along:
Bill Nye also makes the following astounding statement, “If we take a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science … who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences from an ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate.” Hmmm … since we have been teaching evolution in public schools for a generation, isn’t THAT perhaps why students don’t believe in the process of science?
Yes, that must be it. And now we come to the end:
That ancient text has two more things to say: “A fool has said in his heart that there is no God” (Psalm 14:1), and, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35). The question is who has more credibility, Bill Nye the ‘Un-scientific Guy’ or Jesus Christ?
Well, dear reader, it’s up to you — who has more credibility?
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