We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we’ll omit the writer’s full name and city. We will mention that his first name is Wayne. He claims he has “a bachelors degree in science, a masters and [is] working on a doctorate,” but he doesn’t say where he’s getting his education, or what kind of science he’s studying. 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:
I would like to say I respect the view expressed by Mr. Lord in the noted editorial, however I disagree.
Wayne is talking about this: Creationism has no place in our schools. Here is what he says about it:
Yes, science should be and is taught in classrooms. Creationism and the theory of evolution are permissible to be taught alongside one another within Louisiana public schools, per bill passed under Jindal’s administration more than five years ago.
We agree, that’s the clear purpose of the Louisiana Science Education Act, although the Discoveroids, who drafted and promoted that bill, continue to deny it. Let’s read on:
Yes, science is objective but not all scientists have been objective. Evolution is a theory. You may know then that theory is not scientific fact; it is just that … unproven theory, not proven science. Many scientists have imposed their belief in evolution as true because they cannot fill the gaps or may not want to accept that the universe has intelligent design, which Einstein did admit from his study of astronomy.
This theory proposes that life forms “evolved” into other Kingdom life forms, for example; a protozoa becoming a plant or animal life form: of which there is no recorded or testable proof that has ever been put forth. Evolution has never been proven. Let me say that again … never.
We can safely rule out biology as Wayne’s field of study. Here’s more:
The scientifically-proven, recorded and testable Second Law of Thermodynamics stands in direct opposition to the theory of evolution. It states all things change/move from a state of higher organization to disorder … which is the opposite of evolution proposes.
It’s not only proven, it’s recorded! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We can probably rule out physics too. Moving along:
The idea that things on our planet are millions of years old is full of “holes” and is more assumption than fact. A commonly used dating method has been carbon-14 dating. For carbon-14 dating to be accurate, one must assume the rate of decay of carbon-14 has remained constant over the years, 5,730 years for each half-life (which is an assumption as well). … Environmental changes surrounding samples can alter decay rates. It’s like taking your heart rate for one minute then assuming your heart rate will be constant at that rate for the rest of your life.
The amount of carbon-14 in the environment is somewhat variable, but not the decay rate. Well — the Flood could have changed all that atomic stuff! As we read Wayne’s letter, we keep wondering: What science is he studying? Another excerpt:
The numeric chance or statistic that life just came to “be” is too great to simply be the result of random chance. It’s like placing a bunch of watch parts in a shoe box, close it, shake it long enough and somehow over time the parts fall into place forming a functioning, accurate timekeeping watch.
Probably not a math major. Hey — why didn’t Wayne use the example of a tornado in a junkyard? Oh, here’s another:
It’s like Stonehenge: no one questions that it just evolved or came to be but all conclude there was intelligent design behind it. Right? There are more credible proofs and facts supporting accurate history from the same book that teaches creationism, the Bible. I’m sorry but evolution simply falls impotent.
Yeah — Stonehenge was designed, therefore … Oogity Boogity! And now we come to the end:
I think real science simply uncovers all that God has done. The real problem here is admitting someone designed it all … because then we have to wrestle with the question: “If there is design then there is purpose, and what does that have to do with me and the way I live?”
We Googled around for the letter-writer’s name and all we found was an insurance salesman in Shreveport. We didn’t find any references to a university science student, so Wayne a mystery. Fun letter, however.
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