Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Dickinson Press of Dickinson, North Dakota. It’s titled Putting the Glendive Creationist Museum on my bucket list. The newspaper doesn’t have a comments section.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. He generates a lot of letters to that newspaper, but that doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. His first name is Craig. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
So Glendive, Mont., has a Creationist Museum. It is too bad the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State decided to squelch plans for student field trips to the museum. It’s also too bad that it is perfectly OK for students to be indoctrinated with the Evolutionary Theory in school, but they aren’t allowed to be exposed to the Creationist viewpoint.
He’s talking about this, Youngsters’ Trip to Dinosaur Museum Dashed by Atheists. It’s been all over the internet, but we didn’t blog about it — until now. Let’s read on:
After all, evolution is a theory, and in the dictionary I have, it states that a theory, among other things, is a hypothesis, a guess, a conjecture, a speculative opinion — hardly absolute fact.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Craig is yet another creationist whose only reference material, besides the bible, is a dictionary — and he reads them both selectively. His letter continues:
What bothers me about evolution is that plants and animals — and all living creatures — have to have things in place before they can multiply efficiently. In other words, parts need to be predisposed to operate efficiently. Otherwise, the creative process just doesn’t work. Timeless trial and error is not vested with intelligent design. Creativity requires planning and not blind fate.
That’s routine creationist stuff. Here’s where it gets really good:
I really don’t like this idea of separation of church and state.
Wow! We’re confident that Craig’s feelings are those of all other creationists, but this is the first time one of them has come out of his closet and admitted it. We briefly thought of titling this post “Out of the Closet,” but we didn’t want to mislead anyone searching for something we don’t offer here. Anyway, moving along:
To me, there should be a cooperative sharing between the two entities. So, I feel this is something that the founding fathers got wrong.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! In Salem and Philadelphia: A Tale of Two Cities, we contrasted the insanity of the Salem witch trials and the genius of the American Revolution. The difference between Cotton Mather’s Salem and Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia was largely due to the Enlightenment’s influence, but it’s also likely that the memory of Salem helped to inform the attitude of the Founders. Franklin, for example, was born only 13 years after the witchcraft trials. It’s likely that the Founders, although most were younger than Franklin, remembered Salem as vividly as we remember Pearl Harbor. But Craig thinks they were all wrong.
Here’s another excerpt, in which Craig seems to be oblivious to the nightmare of theocratic government:
When it comes to knowledge, people should be allowed to be exposed to various ideas, and it would be up to the individual as to what one wants to accept and what one wants to reject.
That sounds nice. But when the government is a religious institution, those who make the wrong decision will be executed for witchcraft — or as happens today in certain countries, beheaded. On with the letter:
I will put the Glendive Creationist Museum on my bucket list of things to visit. I find it fascinating to entertain diverse perspectives on controversial topics.
And now we come to the end:
Not everything is always cut and dry, so speculating about the many possibilities and sharing points of view should be an acceptable part of everyone’s educational and lifetime experience.
Craig has shared his point of view with us, and even though he doesn’t like the fact that we have separation of church and state, no one will bother him. Does Craig understand that? Obviously not. Anyway, we hope he enjoys his visit to the Glendive Creationist Museum. To find it, all he needs to do is follow the River of Drool to its source.
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