Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Kansas City Star of Kansas City, Missouri, on the Missouri–Kansas border. It’s titled Science not settled. If you click over there you’ll have to scroll down because it’s the second letter at that link.
We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Because we don’t like to embarrass people, we’ll omit the letter-writer’s name and city — but we did locate a woman with the letter-writer’s name in her town; she gives cello lessons. Maybe today’s letter is from her. Okay, here we go:
An Oct. 7 “Stifle this challenge to evolution quickly” editorial ends, “They don’t need to revisit a controversy settled decades ago.”
She’s referring to: Stifle this challenge to evolution quickly. It’s critical of the lawsuit that was filed to block Kansas from adopting the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards (the “NGSS”). We wrote about that suit last month: Kansas Creationism: It’s Back Again. Today’s letter-writer didn’t like the editorial, and she explains why:
This statement [the one she quoted from the editorial] presumes there are no recent scientific discoveries with new implications for the questions of the Earth’s age and life’s origin. We owe our children this new scientific information. Some of it is the direct opposite of what our textbooks state about ages of fossils, relationships among species and formation of Earth’s features.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! She knows about “new scientific information” that contradicts the textbooks. Let’s read on:
Why are we not telling the whole story? I urge your readers and your opinion writers to consider published works from reputable scientists of today, not decades ago, about whether evolution can provide its own evidence or whether these new discoveries are disproving the theory of evolution.
Oh, goodie! This woman is gong to tell us about the latest discoveries that disprove evolution. We continue:
For just one example of recent publications by scientists, see Bruce Malone’s book, “Censured Science.” [sic — the actual title is “Censored Science.”]
Wikipedia never heard of him or his book, but it has an Amazon listing. Like all paradigm-shattering books, it appears to be self-published. Here’s more from today’s letter:
Another excellent source of monthly scientific discoveries disproving evolution is available from the group Reasons to Believe.
“Monthly scientific discoveries”? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That bunch is in Wikipedia: Reasons To Believe. They say it’s a “creationist ministry that promotes day-age forms of old Earth creationism.”
But wait — the letter-writer saved her best evidence for last:
The new documentary created by evangelist Ray Comfort, “Evolution vs. God,” is 38 minutes of interviews with four evolutionists and many college students at the University of Southern California and University of California-Los Angeles. There are no creationists interviewed, only evolutionists. Not one can give scientific evidence for Darwinian evolution.
And now — much sooner than we would like — we come to the end of the letter:
The science is not at all settled, so why aren’t our educators questioning it?
Lordy, lordy. What a great letter!
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