Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in one of these Gannett newspapers that doesn’t reveal its location, but from their weather report we’ve determined that it’s the News-Press of Fort Myers, Florida. The letter is titled Teaching evolution, creationism. It’s the third item at that link, so you’ll need to scroll down to find it. The newspaper has a comments section.
This one is a bonus, because when you scroll down to it, you’ll see that there are two letters under that same headline. Neither writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t embarrass or promote them by using their full names. The writer of the first letter is Dave, and the second was by David. Excerpts from their letters will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go, starting with Dave’s letter first:
Vic Boberg … displays a great ignorance of the difference between proven science and scientific theory. … His “proof” consists of his personal testimony that, “I have science to back me up.” Pardon me, but I’m not impressed.
Both Dave and David are responding to an earlier letter in that newspaper by Vic Boberg, titled Creationism in schools. Vic wrote:
[T]here is no rational intelligent person on Earth that can support the position of creationism. I say this without fear or reservation because all creationists have to support their position is the bible, a book of legends, superstitions and secondhand parables, written thousands of years ago by men who thought the earth was flat and the sun and stars revolved around the earth and had no idea what caused sickness or that germs even existed.
Vic really aroused the creationists! Dave says:
Millions of people, most of whom are average or above average in the intelligence department, believe in Creationism.
Why are we skeptical about that? No matter, let’s read on:
I know a person who has an IQ of 136, who earned a degree in chemistry from an Ivy League university, who defended the existence of God via the abundant evidence of His creation in a philosophy class taught by an avowed and famous atheist. This person earned an 80 in the course. If Mr. Boberg’s statement were true, this person would never have been accepted into the university in the first place.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! One guy got a B in a philosophy class, and that proves creationism is true. This is the rest of Dave’s letter:
If evolution and creationism are taught as theories (which they are), and students are required to defend their beliefs in a logical manner (which they should be), then our schools will be doing their job properly. Forcing one theory or another down students’ throats arbitrarily and teaching them as facts is fraudulent!
Now we get to the second letter, the one by David. He says he feels “compelled” to respond to the Vic Boberg letter, and he tells us:
Boberg obviously has no bible knowledge. If he did he would know the bible was not ‘written thousands of years ago by men who thought the earth was flat and the sun and stars revolved around the earth and had no idea what caused sickness or that germs even existed.’
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If you’re wondering about bible passages saying exactly those things, see The Earth Is Flat! and then The Earth Does Not Move! As for the germ theory of disease, there’s no mention of that at all in the bible, or of any organisms that are invisible to the naked eye. Here’s more:
About 4,700 years ago in the Bible (Jobe 26:7),”God stretches out the north over the empty place, and hangs the Earth upon nothing.” Or 2,700 years ago ( Isaiah 40:26) “God sits upon the circle of the earth.” God informed mankind the world was round and hung in space thousands of years before scientists made that ‘discovery.’
We mentioned those passages in the two posts to which we just linked. They’re ambiguous at best, and even if they meant what David imagines they do, they’re clearly contradicted by dozens of other passages which David conveniently ignores. He continues:
The book of Job also explained diseases, circulation of blood and other scientific facts not to be realized by man for centuries.
David cites no such passages, because his claim is obviously nonsensical. Moving along:
Science consists of theories. Theories that often are found to be false. (Remember when scientists told us we had nine planets?) What is considered scientific fact today may be scoffed at tomorrow.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Pluto still exists, but its recent reclassification as a dwarf planet somehow proves that scientists are idiots! Another excerpt:
On the other hand, not one of the multitude of nature facts given in the bible has ever been proven wrong. And they never will be. God made this planet and certainly knows much more about it than do scientists.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And now we come to the end:
Boberg has nothing to hang his hat on but ignorance. It is a shame that individuals such as he control our educational system and our government. No wonder our schools, and our nation, are in such disarray.
Your Curmudgeon is grateful to Dave & David for a great addition to our collection.
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