You remember Pennsylvania Creationism: A Bill for 2013?, which we recently wrote about some proposed creationist legislation. A draft bill is being promoted in Pennsylvania by state Representative Stephen Bloom, a rural sociologist.
Bloom sent a memo around the legislature earlier this month, seeking co-sponsors for what looked like a typical Discoveroid “academic freedom” bill. His memo included all the Discoveroid talking points. Those at the Discovery Institute who recognize the malevolence of their enterprise would regard Bloom as a useful idiot.
As far as we can tell, Bloom’s bill hasn’t been filed yet. Nevertheless, it has inspired one supporter. Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website PennLive.com, which is connected with the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where the state capitol is located. The letter is titled Evolution can’t beat creationism if schools allow fair argument.
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; however, we looked around and found someone in Pennsylvania with the same name as the letter-writer. He runs some kind of religious organization, but we can’t tell what it is. That’s probably our man. Okay, let’s get started.
Rep. Stephen Bloom has introduced a bill to open the discussion in science class to intelligent design. This has caused an outcry from the evolutionists. John L. Micek, in the Patriot-News, writes that evolution is well-settled science [link]. Really? Why is there a debate then?
Why is there a debate? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s like … what? Is it possible come up with an analogy to that question? No, nothing compares to a diehard creationist asking: “If evolution is settled science, then why is there a debate?” That’s beautiful! The debate itself is evidence that the subject is debatable. It’s a kind of tautology. What can we call it — the fallacy of the contrived controversy? Not good enough. Whatever it’s ultimately called, it’s destined for internet immortality.
Anyway, what he’s grumbling about this: A lack of intelligent design in lawmaker’s proposal. That was written by John L. Micek, the Opinion Editor of PennLive and The Patriot-News. Today’s letter-writer disagrees with it. He says:
Perhaps, Mr. Micek, you could take me to the lab and demonstrate how life began. Can you show me an explosion that produces order such as we have in our universe today? Can you produce mutations of one species into another species? Needless to say, none of this is provable in the science lab. The evolutionist takes it all by faith.
Aaaargh!! No, we can’t take the letter-writer into the lab and reproduce the Big Bang, or the evolution of the Earth’s biosphere. And if he were given a far simpler challenge, he couldn’t take us into the lab and demonstrate his own conception and birth, but he probably believes those things happened. Let’s read on:
However, faith does not belong in the science class, Mr. Micek declares. Without faith, evolution is sunk. Yet the faith of the creationist is rejected in the science classroom. Why? If you put the two theories beside each other, evolution will be rejected.
“Clueless” doesn’t begin to describe the letter-writer. There aren’t enough words — at least none that we’ll let ourselves use here. So, after slowly shaking our head in amazement, we continue with the letter. Fortunately, there’s not much more of it:
This whole debate is a spiritual problem. The evolutionist cannot bring himself to believe in creation and be responsible to God. So he hides behind an un-provable theory.
Yeah, he’s got it all figured out. Whatever you may think of this guy, he’s exactly the kind we’d expect to support Bloom’s bill. And we applaud the Patriot-News for publishing it — it serves their purpose. Here’s the last of it:
Where is academic freedom?
The moon-landing denier and the flat-earther could ask the same question, and to them we’d give the same answer: Academic freedom doesn’t include the right to spew nonsense in science class.
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