Today’s letter-to-the-editor (like a few other recent gems) appears in the Shreveport Times of Shreveport, Louisiana. It’s titled Evolution, creationism debate highlights our problem.
We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians or otherwise in the public eye), so we’ll omit the writer’s full name and city. We will mention that his first name is Kenny, and after Googling around for him, it appears that he’s around 80 years old. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
Looking at the article by Helaine Brauning (vis-à-vis Zack Kopplin), one would assume that evolution has been proven (it cannot be), is established fact and should be taught in science classes in all of our schools “so students can maintain their lead relative to other countries in science.”
We previously wrote about Zack’s column in the same paper — that was Creationism vs. evolution: Religious teachings have no place in science classes. It seems to have generated a lot of letter-writing action. Kenny continues:
Evolution and creationism do not occupy separate spheres as Zack Kopplin argues. As far as I know, creationism is not taught as science, but certainly has more “proof” than the fallacy contained in the “theory” of evolution.
We won’t comment on that because … well, let’s just read on:
Natural selection just won’t cut the mustard. There is no proof of an amoeba, how it could have created a “family” of little amoebas to start the complexities of man.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We love Louisiana! Kenny’s letter continues:
God has been taken out of all public places — as Zack Kopplin is trying to do to education in Louisiana. This education may be the only time some children hear the word God or that evolution is not fact. We owe our presence on this earth to the all powerful God.
Hey — he’s got a point there. The public schools in Louisiana may be the kiddies’ only chance to hear about God. Here’s more:
Our colleges and universities are turning out students, and, as the U.S. Supreme Court, lacks the knowledge to assimilate all they have learned. … and … they should read the First Amendment to the Constitution that says there should be no law made regarding religion or the free exercise thereof. What part does Kopplin not understand?
Huh? What part of the First Amendment is Zack missing? Kenny explains:
The infamous ACLU, conceived and established by communists, convinced the U.S. Supreme Court, that after 200 plus years of established government, that indeed there should be a complete separation of church and state.
Oh! It wasn’t Madison, Jefferson, and those other guys. It was the ACLU! Were it not for them, says Kenny, we’d have unity of church and state. Great idea!
The letter ends a bit cryptically, but this is it:
What do you see now?
We’re glad you asked, Kenny. What we see now is our palm — right up against our face. And after that … the desk.
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