Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Pantagraph, which serves the Bloomington–Normal area in Central Illinois. The title is Evolution doesn’t explain everything, 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 Caleb. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In John Thomas Scopes vs. the State of Tennessee, the Supreme Court ruled on teaching Darwinian evolution in public schools, saying: “We are not able to see how the prohibition of teaching the theory that man has descended from a lower order of animals gives preference to any religious establishment or mode of worship …”
Caleb is a bit ambiguous there. The Scopes Trial never got to the US Supreme Court. It was the Supreme Court of Tennessee that made the final ruling, and they overturned Scopes’ conviction on a minor technicality. After the bit that Caleb quoted, the court went on to say:
So far as we know, the denial or affirmation of such a theory does not enter into any recognized mode of worship. … Belief or unbelief in the theory of evolution is no more a characteristic of any religious establishment or mode of worship than is belief or unbelief in the wisdom of the prohibition laws.
They were wrong about that. Evolution denial is a major article of faith for some denominations, and subsequent decisions of the US Supreme Court have made that quite clear. Anyway, Caleb says:
Since then however, the secularist view of origins has gained traction and aside from some private schools, creationism is extinct in educational textbooks. However, while secularists claim the mantle of science when advancing evolution, the theory defies it.
Caleb explains why evolution defies science:
Without a creator, there is no explanation for where anything came from; without God, everything must have formed from nothing. The thing is, there is no process that turns nothing into something. Nothing is nothing, period.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! After that he tells us:
In fact, the first law of thermodynamics states that “matter cannot be created or destroyed,” which complicates the evolutionist idea of the Big Bang (i.e. the rapid expansion of a tiny dot-like universe that created huge amounts of matter).
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s so messed up we won’t bother to discuss it, and it has nothing to do with the biological theory of evolution.
Caleb, imagining that he’s got us all on the ropes, continues to pound away:
Of course, the evolutionists just conveniently claim that the laws of thermodynamics were established after the Big Bang, but never do address how their tiny, dot-like, pre-Big Bang universe was created.
According to Caleb, Darwin was a fool! And so are you, dear reader. This is the end of his letter:
Now this begs the question, why are we teaching evolution as fact if it can’t even explain something as basic as the existence of matter?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No, it’s not an example of Begging the question. But Caleb imagines that his misunderstanding of science somehow raises his question, which, if clearly expressed, is: “Why do schools teach things I don’t understand?”
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