Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Reading Eagle of Reading, Pennsylvania. Wikipedia says: “According to the 2010 census, Reading has the highest share of citizens living in poverty in the nation.” That may be reflected in today’s letter, which is titled Treat evolution like other religions. The newspaper has a comments feature.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Jacob. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Schools must remain neutral with regard to religion, thus refraining from favoring one more than another.
That’s the only sensible sentence in the letter. Then Jake says:
A religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe. With this being the case, why is evolution favored over other religions in school?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Evolution is a religion about the purpose of the universe. Let’s read on:
According to evolution, the Earth is billions of years old, while according to the Christian Bible, the Earth is only thousands of years old.
Yeah, just two cults with their wacky claims. Jake continues:
Both evolution and Christianity are religions. Neither one of the two can be proved by science. There are many scientists on both sides of the argument who denounce the other side’s research.
Creationist research? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:
One vivid example of this is carbon dating.
Oh boy — here it comes:
Arguments such as carbon dating have gone back and forth, and neither evolution nor Christianity has gained the upper hand.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Moving along:
If this is the case, why is evolution taught as fact and Christianity being driven out of schools?
It’s so unfair! And now we come to the end:
They should both be taught, but there should be no favoritism.
Well, dear reader, that was a short letter, but it was solid crazy all the way through, so it deserves a place in our collection.
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