We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), but in this case the letter-writer is Daniel DuSoleil of Spring Creek (near Elko) and he is pastor of the Christian Center of Elko. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
Einstein dismissed atheists; he felt they were too haughty: “There are people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views.”
Aaaargh!! It’s absurd to quote-mine Einstein. He’s one of the most studied people who ever lived. Virtually everything he ever wrote or said is in print somewhere, and it’s not difficult to figure out what he believed and said. But creationists are unrestrained in their willingness to distort reality in the service of their beliefs. We found that mined quote in Wikipedia’s article on Religious views of Albert Einstein We’ll put the rev’s quote in blue and the part he left out in red:
Einstein rejected the label atheist. Einstein stated: “I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.” According to Prince Hubertus, Einstein said, “In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.“
We’re off to a great start. Let’s read on:
Einstein believed the universe demonstrated intelligent design.
Aaaargh!! That’s just too absurd. Not even the Discoveroids have dared to claim Einstein as one of their own. Last year we wrote about another letter-to-the editor which claimed that Einstein had that belief — see #343: Einstein, Creationist. We continue with the rev’s letter:
I’ve also noticed the atheists’ arrogant attitude, but what really angers me is when atheistic instructors bully students.
The imaginary issue of bullying in this context is a creation (so to speak) of the Discoveroids, so we assume that’s where the rev gets his information. However, the rev then gives us an example of what he sees as bullying:
There is a poster in the foyer of the science offices at GBC that reads, “ATHEISM: Look, nobody really knows where all this s**t came from. But I think I’d rather trust the dudes in the labcoats who aren’t demanding I get up every Sunday to overdress and apologize for being human.” What an offensive way to denigrate Christian students. Also, in the area is a parody of the sacred Christian fish symbol.
The rev assumes that we all know what GBC is. Well, we can take a good guess — Great Basin College is located in Elko, Nevada. Here’s more:
When I was taking my last science course [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!], a cartoon was posted in the hall equating those that believe in Intelligent Design with a supposed belief in a flat earth. Since it is a complete myth that the Medieval Church believed that the earth was flat, I chuckled at the idiocy of the cartoonist and the ignoramus who posted it; however, the attempt to ridicule believing students is not funny.
Yes and no. The Greeks knew the Earth was a sphere, but that view never found its way into scripture, not even in the New Testament, as we’ve shown in The Earth Is Flat. After Rome collapsed, the view of the Church was muddled, with some writers who said it was flat, but round. But flat Earth wasn’t a big part of Church teaching during the Dark Ages. Nevertheless, they didn’t know as much about the Earth’s shape and size as the Greeks did, and the bible’s information on that subject is totally wrong. Moving along, the rev returns to his bullying theme:
Students have complained to me about being intimidated and ridiculed by science teachers. After I gave a presentation on false methods used in teaching evolution, one student said she had been called “stupid” in front of a class because she would not accept the fraudulent evolutionary evidence of Haeckel’s embryos.
*Sigh* Haeckel’s embryos again. See what TalkOrigins says about it in their Index to Creationist Claims: Haeckel faked his pictures of embryos. If the student tried to use that issue as a disproof of evolution (as we suspect she did), then she probably deserved ridicule — although it’s not very professional for a teacher to do that in a classroom. Another excerpt:
What other group could be ridiculed in this way? What if cartoons and propaganda were posted making fun of gays, feminists, blacks or Muslims?
Boo hoo. It’s a cruel world. At the end of his letter, the rev shows us what a great guy he is:
I would support the right of these teachers to post their biased views, if they allowed the open exchange of ideas. I tried to imagine myself putting up a poster ridiculing atheistic students; I couldn’t do it. Maybe that’s because I wake up early on Sundays.
So there you are. The rev doesn’t approve of what he considers “bullying.” We don’t care. We shall continue to ridicule creationism, and that includes adding the rev’s letter to our ever-growing collection.
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