Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City. It’s titled Scientists lack evidence to back evolution ‘theory’. 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:
Those who share the views of Elliott Doane (Your Views, Dec. 1) regarding religion and science —
Whoa, whoa — wait a minute! Haven’t we been here before? This is what he’s talking about: Religious zealots undermine sound science. But we recently wrote about a different letter in the Oklahoman that responded to Doane (see Creationist Wisdom #285: Evolution Is a Religion). Actually, the one we’re writing about today appeared a few days before the other, but it just popped up in this morning’s news sweep. There must be a subspace flux in the continuum. We’ll get it fixed. Meanwhile, let’s start today’s (newly-discovered) letter again:
Those who share the views of Elliott Doane (Your Views, Dec. 1) regarding religion and science are quick to disregard religious viewpoints because they claim there’s no evidence to substantiate them. In the same breath, they turn around and tout the theory of evolution, which has no substantial evidence. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be called a “theory.”
Aha! So that’s what the word “theory” means. Let’s read on:
As new scientific discoveries are made, the evidence of biblical history continues to be proven.
If one confines his reading to creationist websites, that’s the only possible conclusion. The letter continues:
Regarding evolution, scientists still haven’t provided any evidence or reason as to why some species evolve while others don’t.
“Why” some species evolve? The usual creationist claims there’s no evidence that evolution occurs, but we don’t often encounter the question of “why” it occurs. What’s he getting at? Let’s read some more:
Christians know that God created man separately from the animals. God didn’t create us as gorillas and then select some to evolve into human beings, while others remain as gorillas.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Now we get it. He’s asking “Why are there still monkeys?” This is a wonderful letter! Moving along:
But this type of “critical thinking” is what people like Doane are afraid of. Doane further insults high school students by suggesting they aren’t intelligent enough to research these topics on their own, nor are they capable of coming to their own conclusions. Maybe that was Doane’s experience as a high school student.
Ah, so that’s what “critical thinking” is all about! Here’s the end of it:
I’m thankful for those who have questions and challenge the status quo, rather than just accepting what they’re fed. Who, what, where, why and how aren’t bad words as Doane would have you believe. Keep asking questions and you’ll find your answers.
We too are thankful for critical thinkers like today’s letter-writer who dare to challenge the status quo. What would we do without them?
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