Yes, dear reader, that’s a spectacular title. It’s difficult to believe, but the letter is equal to it. This is one of the better ones in our series. An icon below the headline gets you to the newspaper’s comments section.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Donna. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
l. The Constitution doesn’t authorize federal involvement in Education, period.
2. You say “science is not religion” but a Godless explanation of life IS the religion of Secularism.
Yes, that’s how she starts, with two numbered points. Her first point is correct — except for specialized situations like military training. As for her second point, well, we don’t need to say anything. Then she tells us:
Everyone has faith in something; either a Designer worldview or one that attempts explanation without God. Just don’t call that science!
Okay, Donna. Everything is religion. Happy? Let’s read on:
Our inability to explain a phenomena [sic] does not disprove it’s [sic] reality: “the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.”
That quote is usually attributed to Carl Sagan, and it’s often misused. It’s technically correct that if no evidence has yet been discovered to support an hypothesis, that doesn’t literally disprove the hypothesis (“conjecture” is a better word in this context), but until some verifiable, unambiguous evidence is presented, the idea can’t be taken seriously. Donna continues:
The NGSS [a reference to the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards] mixes few facts with mostly environmentalism and nature worship, or Secular religion: explaining the universe without God. So much for “science is not religion.”
Yeah, so much for that! Now Donna gives us two more of her famous numbered points:
3. Evolution is a theory perpetrated as fact; while Scientist Michael Behe (National Academy of Science) says : “Life shows powerful measurable evidence of a Designer.” Why is his research rejected? I thought “science” included the “scientific method.” What a double standard.
Michael Behe is a member of the National Academy of Sciences? We searched, but couldn’t find his name listed. Well, phooey on them! Behe is a Discoveroid senior fellow. Moving along:
4. Evolution from apes, global warming, people’s destructive impact on the earth, and the implication for de-population, are taught as facts, not theories. The “fact versus faith” premise is misleading when “facts” are cherry-picked, while research that disproves an agenda is rejected. It takes “faith” to believe the Secular religion labeled as “science.”
Words fail us. And now we come to the stunning climax of the letter:
The statist religion of Secularism has NO PLACE in our education system.
There’s nothing we can say, dear reader. We’ll leave that to you.
Copyright © 2015. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.