Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Fresno Bee of Fresno, California. The title is Scientific theories of naturalism are taught as truth in California’s public schools, and they have a comments feature.
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 today we’ve got a surgeon, which is sufficient for full name treatment. The letter is from Dr. J. Philip A. Hinton of Fresno. We’ll give you some excerpts from his letter, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Andrew Fiala is just plain wrong (The Bee, June 3). In criticizing the Rev. Franklin Graham’s views on public schools, Fiala states: “Science and the humanities offer a method of investigation. They do not propose a body of dogmatic truth.”
The doctor is talking about this earlier letter, a good one, written by a philosophy professor: Are public schools the enemy, or the answer, to the challenges before us now? The doctor disagrees and says:
Nothing could be further from the truth. Public schools do promote a religious belief — the belief that there is no God.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! After that keen insight he tells us:
Science as taught in public schools does indeed propose a body of dogmatic truth. It is the belief system of naturalism — there is no God and everything in the universe came about by chance. Abiogenesis — the belief that life originated by chance in the primordial soup — is taught as fact. Evolution — the belief that all species developed by chance by random incremental mutation from the first living cell acted on by natural selection — is taught as fact.
Wow — the schools teach naturalism instead of super-naturalism. This is an outrage! The doctor continues:
But scientific evidence does not support either of these assertions. The only evidence for chance origin of life is that amino acids can be produced by natural methods from inorganic precursors in a reducing atmosphere. This was established by Stanley Miller in 1952. [See Miller–Urey experiment.] But all subsequent experiments aimed at producing life by chance have failed. Why? Because the simplest possible form of life — the first living cell — is not simple.
Ooooooooooooh! It’s not simple. Let’s read on:
The simplest possible living cell has 473 genes and 531,000 base pairs of DNA all in precise sequential order. Nothing simpler than this is life. Nothing simpler can survive under natural conditions. And this level of complexity cannot be the result of chance.
Wow — it’s not simple, and it’s not the result of chance. What does it mean? The doctor informs us:
The conclusion is clear. Life is designed. [Hee hee!] Similarly, when the hundreds of changes in DNA base pairs needed for a new species is noted, there is no way this can happen by chance random mutation of DNA. Adaptation of species does occur. This is clear from studies of finch beaks in the Galapagos. But new species requiring hundreds of DNA changes are not possible by chance mutation.
Egad — evolution is impossible! This is amazing information. Here’s the conclusion of the doctor’s letter:
Science is clear. Life and species did not develop by chance. But scientific evidence is ignored in public schools because the belief system of naturalism prevails.
Well, dear reader, you heard it from a surgeon. Perhaps, at last, you’ll abandon your foolish faith in Darwinism.
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