Their headline this time is Jumping up and down about Darwinian Theory, 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 — or maybe her — full name. As with the previous letter, the writer’s first name is Pepper, and we still don’t know if that’s male or female. Excerpts from the letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Pepper first mentions a criticism published in response to his (or her) original letter:
In response to the eight arguments I presented against Darwinian Theory, Jim Bock suggested I read a book. When time permits I will read the book he suggests, though with zero expectation it will have the remotest impact on any one of those eight arguments.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s the letter from Jim Bock: Standing up for the theory of evolution. He refers to Pepper as “Mr.” so we’ll follow that example. Okay, back to Pepper’s new letter:
Eugenie Scott (director of the National Center for Science Education) said, ”There are NO weaknesses in the theory of Evolution.” Richard Dawkins has written that anyone who doesn’t believe in Darwin is “ignorant, stupid or insane.”
Yes, and they’re not wrong. But Pepper disagrees. Let’s read on:
When Richard Sternberg printed a single, peer-reviewed article questioning Darwinism, it resulted in extensive, furious and personal retaliation from the science power brokers.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s a reference to the Sternberg peer review controversy. As we observed before, Pepper’s “thinking” seems to be mostly inspired by “information” found at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog. He continues:
Your high school students’ textbook does not discuss Darwin as a theory with pros and cons; it is presented as a scientific fact that explains every feature of life and for which there are no issues or challenges. When Kansas, among others, wanted to officially recognize there were questions about Darwinian Theory, the outrage from the science power brokers was off the charts. The recommendation was for colleges to not accept kids who had graduated from any Kansas high school.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s a reference to The Kansas Crazy Days. Pepper is still upset that lunacy didn’t prevail. Here’s more:
As one Chinese scientist noted, “In China we can’t question the government, in the U.S. you can’t question Darwinism.” This is demonstrated in the heavy price that is paid by anyone who does so.
It won’t surprise you to learn that the Discoveroids are the source of that quote too. It’s from Stephen Meyer in this 2006 article: Talk of the Times: Intelligent Design vs. Evolution. Moving along:
The evidence against Darwin is intellectually honest, it’s powerful and it’s growing with every gene that gets sequenced. I will be very surprised if 10 years from now the science community is not talking about Darwin in the past tense.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That reminds us of one of the earliest posts in our humble blog, about more than 160 years of predictions of The Imminent Demise of Evolution. Pepper is a gold mind of creationist oldie-goldies. One final excerpt:
I honestly don’t even mind Darwinian Theory being presented in the science classroom; there are many evangelicals who accept it without issue. It’s just when the theory is presented as a dogmatic assertion and the pseudo-scientific worldview forcibly suppresses any opposition that it proves itself unworthy of our students. Go ahead and teach about it, just tell the truth about it.
All Pepper wants is The Truth™. Great letter!
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