Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Dallas Morning News of Dallas, Texas. It’s titled Just like Christianity, evolution requires faith. The letter is short one, but although we’ve been through hundreds of these things, we found it to be truly astonishing. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis.
We usually omit the writer’s name and city; however, we Googled around and found that someone with our letter-writer’s name is listed as a principal of the Duncanville Independent School District, but their website doesn’t mention him. Wait — he is so listed right here. That’s gotta be our man — how many people named Logan Casada can there be in Duncanville, Texas? Okay, here we go:
Re: “Let’s evolve past anti-science push” by Jacquielynn Floyd, Monday Metro column.
No, Ms. Floyd, contrary to what you may think, we “dinosaurs,” as you have labeled us, are not anti-science.
He’s talking about a column we recommended yesterday in Zombie Festival of Texas Creationism. The column is Why can’t Texas evolve beyond anti-science foolishness? We liked it. Today’s letter-writer didn’t, and that’s why we’re delighted to bring you his view of things. He says:
On the contrary, we rejoice that scientists have developed new ways to detect and successfully treat many forms of cancer and other diseases. But there is an elephant in the room that you walk around, avoid, and fail to recognize.
An elephant in the room — while science is successfully treating diseases? What could that be? He tells us:
That is the element of faith.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Duncanville principal continues:
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. It is something you cannot put under a microscope or in a test tube and analyze.
If that’s what faith is, then what does it have to do with curing diseases, or with any other aspect of science? Brace yourself, dear reader — here comes the explanation:
It is what a doctor relies on when he tells the family, “We have done all we can do.” That means he leaves it up to a higher power, the one who created everything, including all of the complex systems in the human body.
Ah yes, when medical and biological science reach their limits, the scientist always turns to a higher power — presumably the same one responsible for disease. That’s the elephant in the room. Here’s more:
Without that creator, you could not have your Big Bang Theory, or any other theory.
Uh … right! [***Curmudgeon nods, slowly backs away from the Duncanville principal, avoids eye contact, and when it’s safe, he whirls around and flees.***] And now we come to the end of the letter:
And that is precisely what evolution is, only a theory. To teach it as a fact is deceitful.
It’s wrong to finish this post with hearty laugh and then go on about our business, indifferent to what we’ve just read. Therefore, as a public service, your Curmudgeon declares: People of Duncanville — you have a problem!
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