This is your lucky day, dear reader. We have a second letter-to-the-editor for you. This one appears in the Waco Tribune-Herald of Waco, Texas. The letter’s title is God help scientists (it’s the second letter at that link), and the newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.
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 Peggy. 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!
Have you ever considered that scientists create nothing but seem to be given credit for everything? [Huh?] Some examples: Scientists who discovered gravity, electricity, fire, oil, natural gas, metals, etc., did not create them but only discovered them and proceeded to find uses for them. Inventors of things like automobiles, airplanes, rockets, large sailing ships did not create the laws that govern them. These were already in force which in turn made these things possible.
Wowie — Peggy is correct! Scientists don’t create anything! All they do is discover things that were already created. Then she says:
Someone saw mention in the Bible of rivers in the oceans and proceeded to map out these currents, which are used to move vessels through the ocean with less outside power.
Peggy is probably thinking of Benjamin Franklin. His Wikipedia write-up mentions his work on the Gulf Stream — but they don’t mention any biblical inspiration. After that she tells us:
From the Bible comes this question: Where were you when I hung the earth on nothing? The flat-earth folks finally had to admit that this presents an important truth.
Peggy’s quote is difficult to find. She may be thinking of Job 26:7, which says: “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” But we can’t be sure. Anyway, the bible is unquestionably a flat Earth book — see The Earth Is Flat! She continues:
Scientists have also discovered many other laws. Another from the Bible, “like begets like.” Women are especially grateful for this assurance that when they give birth, it will not be to a monkey, puppy or kitten.
Well, yeah! What pregnant woman isn’t grateful to know that her offspring won’t be a squid? Let’s read on:
Especially useful are the laws of how things relate to one another which are used to predict future events such as the weather.
The laws of “how things relate to one another”? What are those? Who knows? Who cares? Here’s another excerpt:
There is enough information on these things to fill many books, but you get the point. All these things were created by a creator before they were discovered by man.
What’s the point here? We agree that the universe existed before scientists began to observe and understand it. But so what? Where is Peggy going? She finally explains it at the end of her letter:
How can any scientist be an atheist when he constantly uses laws already established in his work of invention and discovery?
Peggy has it all figured out. Scientists are just a bunch of plagiarizers, who refuse to give credit where it’s due. Scoundrels, all of them!
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