Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Post and Courier, the website of which gives no clue about their location — except for their weather report, which suggests Charleston, South Carolina. The letter is titled Teach both sides, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
Because the 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 Dale. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Neither the Bible nor science can state the “how” of creation, and it’s often argued that the timeline is also at issue.
That sentence has two totally different ideas in it. Regarding the first, we usually see the statement that science explains “how” things happen and religion explains “why,” but we never saw anyone say that science doesn’t even explain “how.” As for the rest of that sentence — Dale seems to have studied long and hard, and has noticed that the timeline of creation is also an issue. That’s impressive! Then he says:
Both sides have their theories [Aaaargh!!], and neither side can ultimately prove the “process” of creation [Aaaargh!!], particularly that of life and more importantly, that of man [Aaaargh!!]. Science does not say what this process is [Aaaargh!!].
Regarding our four objections to the foregoing paragraph: (1) Creationism, i.e., God (or intelligent designer) did it, isn’t a comprehensible, testable theory; (2) scientific theories are never proved; rather, they’re supported by tests and observations; (3) science suggests several natural ways that life could have begun; and (4) we know a great deal, supported by evidence, about the origin of man. Let’s read on:
Atheists and some Christians believe that evolution is the right “theory” [Dale’s quotation marks], and within that discussion there is major disagreement on whether God was or was not involved. On the other side of the argument, many Christians believe in the intelligent design theory [Aaaargh!!].
As science delves into fossil facts trying to support evolution, it becomes more and more difficult to find supporting evidence without making up fantastic theories about gaps in data.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Nothing, however, quite as fantastic as God of the gaps. Here’s more:
More data reveal the incredible science behind the sustaining of life in the universe and within our own bodies. It points more directly to the likelihood of an intelligent creator, which most refer to as God. Why one theory is taught in schools and the other is not is simply bias.
Dale has noticed that the Discoveroids carefully avoid stating that their magical designer — blessed be he! — is God, but that’s because of the legal system’s unreasonable bias against Oogity Boogity! And now we come to the end:
Why do we insist on an educational system of indoctrination, instead of presenting our youth with competing theories, and then teaching them to think for themselves? Are we truly that worried that they might come up with the wrong answer, or are we fearful that those in control will lose their power and influence?
A powerful letter, ending with powerful questions. Well, dear reader, now that Dale has exposed your bias, why do you persist in pushing your one-sided educational system of indoctrination?
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