Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Baker City Herald, published three times a week in Baker City, Oregon, population 9,828. The title is Schools should teach evolution and creation, 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 Judy. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
It has come to my attention that science classes are studying evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s one of the best opening lines we’ve ever encountered in one of these letters. It appears that Judy was either home schooled or church schooled, and never had a real science class. Then, somehow, this shocking information has come to her attention. She says:
Of concern to me is the issue of indoctrinating students. Education should be teaching all sides of an issue. No one wants religion in the schools but let’s face it — there is religion in the schools and it is called anti-religion!
Was Judy ever taught all sides? We doubt it. Anyway, she explains the problem for us:
I say this because both evolution and creation are based on one’s world view. We cannot go back to witness our origin, so both are based on a belief system or religion. Both sides use the same evidence such as fossils to support their belief and draw conclusions based on their world view.
No need for us to comment. Judy’s brilliance speaks for itself. After that she tells us:
Scientists are obligated to explore all possibilities, aren’t they?
It’s difficult to explore creation. It happened so fast! Okay, here comes an old clunker:
Many great scientific discoveries in the past made by Kepler, Newton, Faraday, Herschel, Joule, Lister, Maxwell, etc., resulted because these scientists viewed the world through biblical glasses. I wonder if they would be allowed in today’s classrooms?
We debunked that in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. If you go there, scroll down to “Great scientists of old were creationists.” Judy continues:
An article [we won’t bother linking to it] discusses “kinds” and “species” and its contents accentuate how the goal of education is compromised by excluding creation simply because it brings up the creator, God. Evolution has a god as well; it is man.
Ooooooooooooh! Man is the god of evolution. Let’s read on:
In the study of origins, it is either man’s word or God’s Word and students should have the opportunity to hear both sides and let them decide!
Yes, let the kiddies decide. Okay, dear reader, now brace yourself. Here comes the best part:
Each individual will be given the opportunity at their own death to validate which world view is correct.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’ve seen that as a threat, but no one ever said was a scientific experiment to validate creationism. Creationism is testable after all! Skipping a bit, we come to the end:
My opinion is that God is as integral to creation as Darwin is to evolution in teaching the subject of origins. We should give the students the tools to think critically and make up their own minds.
Now that this issue has come to Judy’s attention, we can expect some changes to be made in Oregon. We’ll be watching for it.
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