Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Payson Roundup of Payson, Arizona. The letter’s title is Editor’s Note To Greer Disappointing. The title isn’t very promising, but you’ll soon see what it’s about. Here are 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:
I was disappointed in your perceived need to respond to Pete Greer’s letter to the editor on creationism.
He’s talking about this: Creationism And Evolution. It’s a creationist’s letter to which the newspaper’s editor added a comment about the “overwhelming evidence of evolution.” That comment is what triggered today’s letter, with which we now continue:
I am a professional biologist and was taught throughout my academic and professional career about the “THEORY” of evolution. And much like your response to Mr. Greer’s editorial, the creation theory was ridiculed and dismissed as religious folly.
The capitalization and the scare-quotes are in the original. The letter-writer says he’s a professional biologist. We Googled and found someone in Payson, Arizona with the letter-writer’s name. That fellow now owns some kind of clothing business, but previously he was “Chief Law Enforcement Ranger for Arizona at US Bureau of Land Management.” Is that our man? Could be. Let’s read on:
Over the years, I began to question evolution, as I could find no evidence, using the Scientific Method for evolution (unlike your baseless comment on evolution as fact).
The ol’ Ranger gave evolution a fair chance. He searched, but he found no evidence. The letter continues:
Currently there is a movement among the scientific community for the theory of “Intelligent Design” — scientists’ name for creationism as they don’t want to recognize God’s involvement.
That’s a fair description of ID. It’s a “movement” of some kind, but not a scientific movement. Here’s how the letter ends:
Finally for those who cling to the evolution theory, or the big-bang theory, I ask one question: “Where did the stuff or ooze or whatever you wish to call it, that originally started the whole thing, come from? I might suggest you start reading in Genesis 1:1 for your answer.
The editor doesn’t seem to be intimidated. He also added a note to the end of the Ranger’s letter.
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