Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It’s titled Evolution in our schools; fraught with bad decisions. It’s the first of several letters at that link. The newspaper has a comments feature but they’re not sorted, so you’ll need to figure out which ones apply to this letter.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. After Googling around, we think he’s a student at a Christian high school in Colorado Springs. His first name is Jedidiah. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
For 150 years, the theory of evolution has been a hot topic, subject to much debate and disagreement.
The “debate” exists only at creationist websites, with which Jedidiah seems well acquainted, as can be seen by what he says next:
While it is difficult for anyone to determine the past based upon the evidence found in the present, it is clear that the theory of evolution has many logical and scientific flaws. Therefore, the way evolution is taught in public schools needs to be drastically changed.
Jedidiah appears to be an advocate of ol’ Hambo’s “Were you there?” method of rebutting anything that conflicts with what his religion teaches. Let’s read on:
There are hundreds of different objections that can be raised against evolution. One simple example: Something cannot come from nothing.
Yeah, Darwin blew it there. Jedidiah probably read Ray Comfort’s Nothing Created Everything. He continues:
Everything within the universe is bound by the laws of nature, and these laws do not allow the creation of matter. Matter can be destroyed and changed in form but cannot be made.
Jedidiah may want to take a look at this article in Wikipedia: Matter creation. Here’s more:
This example is so simple it barely covers one flaw within evolution. However, it does serve as an effective reminder that evolution is at best a theory not a scientific law.
[*Sigh*] Jedidiah has no idea what evolution is all about. Nor does he know that scientific theories don’t grow up to become laws. Moving along:
As it currently stands, the theory of evolution is first taught to public school students while they are in grade school. This is an age when most children struggle with telling fact from fiction.
Yes, and for some, the struggle is overwhelming. Hey — suddenly, when we least expect it, Jedidiah makes a gracious concession:
The theory of evolution is embraced by many well-educated scientists and as such should be discussed in schools.
Yes, for their sake it should at least be mentioned. We have now arrived at the end of the letter, where Jedidiah makes his bold educational proposal:
However, it needs to be taught as an unproven, flawed theory and as such should not be taught to students until they reach an appropriate age.
Jedidiah undoubtedly thinks he has reached that appropriate age, but for some reason we suspect that he’s not there yet.
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