We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. But there’s no problem with this one. The letter-writer is a preacher, Rev. Glen Bayly, and we think he’s with the Mifflinburg Alliance Church. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
“All men are created equal.” So states the Declaration of Independence. Americans believed we were here because of God, our creator.
Not quite. Being here and being equal are two very different things. Many, perhaps most, of the Founders believed we had equal rights because that was the philosophy of the Enlightenment. It’s specifically attributable to John Locke, who wrote that everyone had a natural right to defend his life, liberty, and property. The bible, on the other hand, teaches about the divine right of kings — render unto Caesar and all that good stuff.
The rev isn’t starting off very well, but let’s see how his letter progresses. He says:
Americans believed it then. Do Americans believe that now? Many do not. It is illegal to even mention this fact in the science classes of Pennsylvania.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! How does the rev’s “fact” fit into science class? He’s undoubtedly thinking about the crushing defeat suffered by intelligent design in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. That splendid decision bothers a lot of creationists. Let’s read on:
Today’s version of our origin as taught in public schools and universities is that human beings are an evolved animal, hereby the processes of survival of the fittest and natural selection. Does that lead to any sort of equality, or does it lead to a constant struggle of the weak versus the strong?
What’s he saying — that everyone was equal before Darwin’s theory came along? Yeah, sure they were. He continues:
Where is the worth of every human life if we are merely the result of random natural processes of time and chance? They cannot rationally be defended apart from an infinitely loving, intelligent creator, who made us in his image.
Somehow, the Enlightenment philosophers managed to figure it out. And so did America’s Founders. It was only by making a clean break with the church-dominated past that we have the freedom we now enjoy. The rev seems not to know that. Here’s more:
Is it reasonable to believe in a super-intelligent creator in light of the facts of modern science? Many believe it is. Most founders of modern science believed in God. Many notable modern day scientists do.
He gives a modest list of religious people who achieved some success in science — mostly in inventing things. He fails to mention that their accomplishments weren’t in any way based on, nor do they provide any evidence for, their religious beliefs. Moving along:
Can we still believe the creator did it the way it states he did in the Bible? Many still do. If all people are not created equal by God, then where do such noble ideas come from?
We’ve already explained that. Another excerpt:
The evidence of evolution may be compelling to some, but its philosophical implications are tragic.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Now we come to the end, and it’s the best part:
It’s time America has a spiritual revival of the Christian religion that made America great and for a constitutional amendment in Pennsylvania allowing teaching of God as our creator in classrooms of our state.
That reminds us of this scene from one of the Star Trek movies:
Or to put it in other words more relevant to the Rev’s letter: Why does God need a constitutional amendment?
And here’s another thing the rev might want to consider. The Pennsylvania Constitution provides, in Article I, Section 3:
All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship or to maintain any ministry against his consent; no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious establishments or modes of worship.
Well, rev, you’re gonna have to repeal that before you can get the public schools to teach things your way. Good luck, rev!
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