Today’s letter-to-the-editor was brought to our attention by our clandestine operative in Kentucky — whom we call “Blue Grass.” It appears in the Abbotsford News of Abbotsford, British Columbia. Their headline is Gideon Bible issue is a farce, and the newspaper has 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. His first name is Dan. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Responding to an article titled “Gideon Bibles will no longer be distributed in Abbotsford,” Dan says:
What a farce. A book containing thousands of years of human history violates the B.C. School Act because the atheistic community wants a fish story monopoly in public schools? I haven’t seen this discussed objectively in the public forum of British Columbia lately. Who’s making the rules? Is the secular position on this matter so weak it cannot withstand a debate?
A fish story monopoly is suppressing “thousands of years of human history”? What’s going on in British Columbia? Dan tells us:
Scientists claim the coelacanth barely changed in 66 million years, but then turn around and say Tiktaalik is a type of transitional fossil.
Huh? That’s inconsistent? Tiktaalik is our favorite transitional fossil, about which we wrote The Lessons of Tiktaalik. On the other hand, Coelacanth is a fish once thought to be totally extinct, but varieties still exist. It pops up on occasion in letters-to-the-editor, for example: Creationist Wisdom #401: The Coelacanth. What does Dan have to say about what he thinks is a Tiktaalik-Coelacanth conflict? He explains:
This belief violates Occam’s razor where if two explanations exist for an occurrence, the simpler one is usually better. If Tiktaalik is not found to be a “living fossil” like coelacanth, then it’s logical to assume Tiktaalik is just an extinct fish.
You can play with that if you like, dear reader, but your Curmudgeon won’t even try. Let’s read on, as Dan turns his keen mind to Tiktaalik’s discoverer, Neil Shubin:
Here’s a quote from Neil Shubin himself, “It’s reasonable to suppose with those big fin rays that Tiktaalik used its hind fins to swim like a paddle. But it’s possible it could walk with them as well.” Shubin admits Tiktaalik may have just been using its sturdy pelvis and fins to swim, but he then leaps to what he believes was “possible.”
Shubin is obviously a fool! Dan continues:
From this imaginative possibility he later draws conclusions which have made their way into public education. These conclusions and those who support them (atheism community) is one reason why the Bible is now no longer distributed in B.C. public schools.
It’s all Shubin’s fault! Here’s more:
Wikipedia explains religion in this way: “Religion is a cultural system of behaviours and practices, world views, sacred texts, holy places, ethics, and societal organization that relate humanity to what an anthropologist has called ‘an order of existence.’”
Fair enough, but why does Dan bring that up? Ah, here’s why:
Wouldn’t believing we have fish ancestors easily fall within a category of an order of existence?
Tiktaalik is a religion! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That conclusion is as impressive as Dan’s usage of Occam’s Razor. Moving along:
Instead of heavy-handed tactics, there should be room for a fair and balanced discussion on this matter. Is there an arbitrator who can decide, surely not the media in B.C. which has almost exclusively reported opinions against the Bible in the last few days.
We think Dan would be an ideal spokesman for his side of the debate. And now we come to the end of his letter:
In summary, the decision to now completely ban the distribution of a history book supported by such a vast array of archaeological findings in favour of this fishy belief is completely preposterous. I would expect more living in a constitutional monarchy than a secular dictatorship establishing a rule while refusing to listen to the other side of the debate.
Dan is the victim of a secular dictatorship based on a fishy belief. Preposterous indeed!
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