This is your lucky day, dear reader. We have a second letter-to-the-editor for you. This one appears in the Peninsula Clarion of Kenai, Alaska. It’s titled Creationism should be part of curriculum. There’s a comments section at the end with only one comment so far.
Today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t use his (or her) full name. The writer’s first name is somewhat notable — Jubilee. Excerpts from Jubilee’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In today’s public schools, children are daily being taught that the theory of evolution is fact when in reality, evolution is an unproven theory. Science professors and teachers, in contrast to the way they present evolution, depict creationism as a faith-based view.
Aaaargh!! All theories are unproven, albeit strongly supported by the available evidence. And as for creationism — well, you know. Okay, it’s rather obvious what we’re dealing with, so relax and enjoy the rest of it. Jubilee says:
What students are not being taught is that both evolutionism and creationism are faith-based, and neither can be proven by science.
Evolutionism? Why the double suffix? Does that put the theory in grave danger? Two can play that game. [*Curmudgeon digs into his sack of suffixes*] How about calling creationism creationism-ish-ness? Yeah, we like that. Let’s read on:
By definition, science is the study of the universe based on observations. It is impossible to observe evolution or creation since both would have had to occur in the past. Therefore, neither can be proven by science, and both fall into the realm of matters that are accepted by faith.
We’ve seen that before. But the past leaves clues and it can be known — see The Lessons of Tiktaalik. Jubilee continues:
Even many evolutionists know and admit that their theory is completely based on faith. Noted evolutionary scientists have stated that “The idea of an evolution rests on pure belief” and that “In explaining evolution we do not have one iota of fact.” Perhaps this quote from Dr. George Wald, a biology professor at the University at Harvard, is the most striking:
We won’t bother with Jubilee’s Wald “quote.” It’s totally debunked as #57 in TalkOrigins’s Quote Mine Project. There’s not much left of Jubilee’s letter. This is the last of it:
If creationism is not allowed in public schools because it is faith-based, neither should evolutionism be allowed in public schools, for it is also faith-based. Since evolutionists can impose their beliefs on students, why can’t creationists teach theirs?
Great letter, Jubilee! You’re a fantastic advocate of creationism-ish-ness.
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