Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Defiance Crescent-News of Defiance, Ohio. Maybe you never heard of the place, but it’s the county seat of Defiance County. The letter is titled Morality had been instilled in students.
It’s from a supporter of Ohio’s new creationism bill, about which we wrote a few weeks ago here. The latest developments in that shabby bit of legislation can be found at the website of the National Center for Science Education: Ohio’s antiscience bill unimproved.
We don’t embarrass letter-writers by using their full names, unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures. Today’s writer is all but invisible on the internet, so we’ll use only his first name, which is Lawrence. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
After reading Bruce Gerencser’s letter to the editor I was thinking to myself that this person has nothing but contempt for “fundamentalists”.
We can’t find the letter that got Lawrence so upset, but it doesn’t matter. Then he says:
[I wonder] what source he used to substantiate his claims that biology, archaeology, astronomy, and geology contradicts the creation story, when in fact they support it. I have studied the Bible and attended classes in college on both creation and evolution, plus invested in many secular and Christian works on the subject, and wonder how he can be so absolute in his assumptions without any substantiating support.
This letter looks like a good one! Let’s read on:
Regardless of who he quoted in his letter, here are some scientific facts from “Answers In Genesis” located in southern Ohio supporting a young earth: 1. Very little sediment on the ocean’s sea floor; 2. Bent rock layers; 3. Soft tissue in fossils; 4. Faint sun paradox; 5. Earth’s rapidly decaying magnetic field; 6. Helium in radioactive rocks; 7. Carbon 14 in fossils, coal, and diamonds; 8. Short-lived comets; 9. Very little salt in the sea; 10. DNA in ancient bacteria. Every one of these facts is substantiated and confirmed by science.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Lawrence gets his “scientific facts” from AIG. Speaking of facts, he doesn’t even know that AIG is in Kentucky, not Ohio. He continues:
Evolution is taught in our public schools as if it were fact, but in reality it is only a theory that falls very short in many areas, and is a religion in itself. So, why is it taught at all in schools?
Yeah, they should junk the whole thing! Here’s what Ohio schools should be teaching:
We have evidence for the truth of the Bible that can be confirmed by history, archaeology, science and letters of antiquity; that Christianity is not a blind faith, but one that is supported by the knowledge the Creator of the universe has made known to us through His Word, the Bible.
That’s all very interesting — if one is in the mental health profession — but we’re reading this letter because it supports the latest creationism bill in the Ohio legislature. So when is Lawrence going to get around to it? Ah, here it comes:
It is a crying shame that a house bill has to be submitted to bring God back into the lives of our young people.
Note that despite the denials by the bill’s sponsors, people like Lawrence have no difficulty understanding the bill’s true purpose. Here’s more:
I remember in the 1950s when we were taught the Bible in school and were able to pray and pledge to our country’s flag — a place where morality was instilled in students based on the Ten Commandments. Back then there were no school shootings, drug dealers, teen suicides. Every boy wanted to be a fireman or a policeman, and girls wanted to be mothers and child raisers, but now that God’s moral bearing is nowhere to be seen in our schools or public forum, all we have is the bad stuff.
Yeah, all we have these days is “the bad stuff,” and it’s undoubtedly Darwin’s fault. But Ohio’s new bill will fix that. The rest of the letter is an invitation to anyone willing to discuss the situation further with Lawrence:
I’m at my 500-word limit and would be more than happy to have an open, honest discussion about this issue with anyone.
Go ahead, dear reader. Lawrence seems like an informed person. Contact him. Let us know what he has to say.
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