Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It’s titled Take evolution out of schools also. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis.
Although we usually omit the writer’s identity, not wanting to embarrass humble citizens, we’ll make an exception here. The letter is signed “Armando Corripio, professor emeritus, Baton Rouge.” We found a website that describes him: Armando Benito Corripio. He teaches computer engineering, providing us with yet another data-point supporting the Salem Hypothesis. Okay, here comes the letter:
This is in regard to the report regarding the approval received for the removal of creationism and intelligent design from science courses and textbooks.
He’s probably talking about this: Creationism Banned in New Orleans Schools. Let’s see what he has to say about it:
I also applaud this action, but recommend that the theory of evolution be also removed from those science courses.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This is great! Let’s read on:
I believe that if our students’ performance in science is to be improved, they should only be exposed to solid scientific principles and experimentally proven theories. The theory of evolution has some holes in explaining, among other things, how the universe and life came into existence.
Yeah, Darwin was pretty sloppy about that. We continue:
I believe the discussion of these theories belong in university courses on philosophy, religious studies and the like, not in science courses.
Right — put evolution in religious studies where it belongs! Here’s more:
Even then it has been reported that universities have let some professors go, and the Smithsonian let one of its scientists go, for writing articles supporting the idea of intelligent design.
And now we come to the letter’s end:
It amazes me that in the 21st century educators are behaving like the monks of the Spanish Inquisition in suppressing ideas that disagree with theirs.
As we’ve remarked before, there seems to be no hope for Louisiana. Fun letter, however.
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