Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Charleston Gazette of Charleston, West Virginia — the capital and largest city of that state. It’s titled State standards enforce evolution propaganda. The newspaper has a comments section.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name, but this one qualifies for full name treatment. He’s Karl Priest, a retired public school teacher in West Virginia with over 30 years experience as an educator including four years as a principal. He’s described at the website of something called the Patriot Action Network. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Glenn Branch, (of the wrongly named “National Center for Science Education”) has given his blessing to the new state science standards. I guarantee that had the standards not met Branch’s approval he would have been howling.
Karl is probably referring to this which appeared a month ago at the site of our friends at NCSE: Science standards adopted in West Virginia, or maybe this: Reaction to West Virginia’s new science standards. The state made some minor revisions to the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards, mostly regarding climate change. Although NCSE found the changes to be “mostly harmless,” Karl is alarmed. He says:
What folks do not know is that the NCSE is an enforcer of evolutionism propaganda.
Oh, how wicked! Let’s read on:
The recent Gazette article said the NCSE “defends the teaching of evolution.” They cry “creationism,” but as the history of the Kanawha County Schools evolution battles and previous state science standards battle proves, the NCSE will not even allow scientific criticism of evolution.
Gasp — they won’t even allow criticism! Karl continues:
My website (THE INSECTMAN) has the documentation including FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] facts of how deceitful evolutionists are. Without censorship evolution would not last a week.
Wowie — check it out. Karl has a powerful website! He boasts that the Charleston Gazette refers to him as “West Virginia’s best-known enemy of evolution.” Here’s more from his letter:
There will be responses to this letter calling me names and citing supposed “facts” of evolution like “bacterial resistance.” That and any other argument to support evolution are easily refuted with science. Simply contact me via my website.
Yes, it’s so easy to refute evolution. Moving along:
As for “Climate Change”, Branch said, “They’re now out of the hands of politicians who want to meddle with them.” The NCSE never hesitates to bring in politicians to support its dogma.
*Sigh* That’s always in response to creationist-initiated political activity. The letter concludes with another blast at climate change:
Global temperatures have fluctuated for thousands of years. The fear of “Climate Change” fanatics is for students to study data that disputes the slant of the NCSE. Actually it is a tenant of their Mother Earth religion and they will use their version of the data to bring about more of their liberal nonsense that is destroying society.
Hey, Karl: Science isn’t “liberal” — not in the sense that word is used today. It’s the study of reality — something that theocrats abhor. Science flourishes in a classically liberal society — one that is sufficiently prosperous and free from governmental control so that people have the resources and the freedom do research. That’s the kind of old-fashioned, classic liberalism we enjoy as a result of the Enlightenment . But religious fanatics don’t want that kind of society, do they?
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