Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Lexington Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky, the second-largest city in the state, and they have a comments section. Their headline is Ark visit can be learning experience. That refers, of course, to Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but this is an exceptional situation. The letter-writer’s name is Stephen Pruitt, which is also the name of Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education, who is described at the Commission’s website. But below his signature, the letter-writer adds that he is “not the state education chief.” The education official must be glad to have that cleared up.
We learned about this letter in a tip from one of our clandestine operatives, “Blue Grass.” Brace yourself for some excerpts from Pruitt’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
If public school students go to the Ark Encounter they will be presented with a theory of origins and the geologic column (creation and the flood). In school they have already been presented with another theory of those things (evolution).
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Two theories — creationism and evolution. Then he says:
Since science is defined as knowledge gained through observation and experiment, neither of these qualifies as science.
[*Groan*] We understand that professional creationists say things like that because they make a sweet living doing so. But it’s always a puzzlement to encounter one of their followers who literally believes such nonsense. This man has no idea what science is, how it is done, or what a scientific theory is. Let’s read on:
Both models rely on the exact same body of evidence but the adherents of each interpret the evidence differently. Where that evidence ends, both require a leap of faith. We call that leap of faith religion.
Uh huh, the same evidence. The scientist explores a stratum of fossil-bearing rock that tests out to be 60 million years old, according to the solid science of Radiometric dating. Pruitt calls that a “leap of faith.” The creationist rejects the data, relies on the bible, and declares that the rock stratum is 6,000 years old, as are the fossils within it. That’s a genuine leap of faith. Pruitt thinks they’re equally valid. He continues:
If it is not permissible to teach religious concepts in the public schools then it would seem that neither creation nor evolution should be taught.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Evolution is just another whacked-out religion. Here’s the end of Pruitt’s brief letter:
However, if the purpose of education is to present the evidence accurately and objectively and allow the students to follow that evidence to its most plausible conclusion then a field trip to the Ark Encounter should not only be permitted but required.
Required? Aaaargh!! What a letter!
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