About a week ago, Tina Dupuy wrote a column that was widely published: Save our schools from creationism. Here’s a sample:
… I don’t think creationism hurts children any more than Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. These are myths we’re told as kids, find out they’re not true and go on to tell them to our own kids. It’s tradition; who cares? My mother had every right to fill my head with all of the weird ideas in hers (she also believes in the End of Days, which explains her love of Fox News).
It’s the teaching of creationism in schools that’s the issue. First off, you don’t “teach” creationism; you deny science, evidence and reason with a story. Second: Going to the doctor instead of praying is already putting faith in science over religion. That debate is over (unless you’re a Christian Scientist). “Teaching the controversy” is teaching two myths: creationism and that there’s a lack of scientific consensus on evolution. There’s a lack of political consensus on creationism, but that’s it.
For some reason that inspired several letters-to-the-editor all over the country. We didn’t think any of them were amusing enough for our “Creationist Wisdom” series, but there were so many that we can’t ignore them. We’ll give you excerpts from three, with bold font added by us. First, in the Bennington Banner of Bennington, Vermont, there’s this: Taking exception to Tina Dupuy column. It says:
Try to loosen up a little, Tina. The “lesser minds” such as Sir Issac Newton for example, or the thousands of contemporary learned peer reviewed scientists and physicians along with the majority of the inhabitants of Planet Earth who espouse spirituality of one type or another and agree that there might just be forces at work in this world that even “great minds” such as yours & your companions cannot explain, empathize with your repeated childhood traumas — particularly those ones revolving around Santa Claus.
It seems apparent that Ms. Dupuy believes the theory on evolution and only wants this to be taught in our schools. We, who believe in the creation truth, from God’s Word, would also like that only creation be taught in our schools.
The importance of an eternal punishment is too much to not investigate. To just believe what others tell you is foolish.
Indeed it is. One more excerpt from that letter:
I say, “Let us give our children the oppertunity [sic] to see the truth of our origin, existence and future.” We need creation taught in our schools.
Yes, that’s what we need.
In regards to the creationism column by Tina Dupuy on Sunday, April 14, irrational exuberance for a six-day creation story, most likely, does have a life of its own. However, it is also likely that it would be irrational exuberance, on the basis of a THEORY of evolution, to eliminate a higher power, i.e. God Almighty, when considering the matter of our origin and that of the universe.
Yeah, it’s only a theory — what’s that compared to God? Here’s more:
I believe it is preferable, and truly wise, to, by faith, believe that “In the beginning, God” and then go forward with that premise.
That certainly beats a theory any day. It ends like this:
Then, when looking toward the heavens on a clear starlit night, humbly consider the words [scripture quote].
As we said, none of those letters was very impressive, but perhaps the totality of them will compensate for that.
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