Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Delaware State News of Dover, Delaware, the state capital. It’s titled God and evolution remains an unresolved issue, 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 her by using her full name. Her first name is Beverly. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
She refers to an earlier letter-to-the-editor and says:
[M]ay I preface my statements and say that I do not have the superior expertise of [the earlier letter-writer] and his forensic knowledge of current scientific data. His article states that for itself. My observation of the difference between the believers and non-believers of God’s creative abilities to establish our world remains quite simple.
Beverly admits her lack of expertise, but she’s going to give us her opinion anyway. She says:
Yes, there should be a co-existence between God’s creation and the theory of Evolution. Unfortunately, people stand in the way of achieving this goal. There are the pros and the cons from either side. Scientists believe in the factual existence of evolution, while the common folk are more in favor of the opinion that God created our world.
In scientific matters, one should never under-estimate the wisdom of the common folk.
For some reason, Beverly spends a couple of paragraphs telling us about the Scopes trial. She suggests that Scopes was properly found guilty, but somehow he won his appeal on a technicality. Then she drops that topic and tells us:
With our present-day scientific information available to all, there still remains the seemingly never-ending question of God versus Science. Still the pros and the cons. However, as memory serves, I do recall an instance during the Battle of the Bulge when Gen. George S. Patton was in dire need for air support, but the inclement weather prohibited that action, and he requested Chaplain O’Neill to submit to him (within the hour) a weather prayer. The chaplain obliged, and the prayer was answered in the affirmative.
We saw the movie too. The weather cleared and Patton got his air support. Beverly continues:
At present, as America is again in need of heavenly help from above, I’d be willing to bet dollars to donuts that General “Mad Dog” Mattis prays for our American military to be successful in all their undertakings throughout this complex world.
Who knows? What of it? Then Beverly surprises us by saying this:
Personally, I have never heard of anyone praying to Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution and human selection.
Hey — she’s right! And now we come to the end:
May God always bless the United States of America.
In other words, as long as our generals don’t pray to Darwin, we’ll keep winning. Great letter, Beverly.
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