Creationist Wisdom #973: Stop Teaching Evolution!

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Rome News-Tribune of Rome, Georgia. The title is It’s time we ask ourselves why, and the newspaper doesn’t have a comments section.

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 Bill. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

I was quite moved by Leonard Pitts’ column on July 17. It is sad to realize that there are in fact many people that deny the Holocaust. It is a disgrace that anyone should mutter a word that would suggest the fact that so many human beings suffered at the hands of the Germans before, during and after World War II, is false.

Okay, but Bill’s letter isn’t about Holocaust denial. He uses it as an analogy and says:

The fact is that man has suffered from man since the beginning of time, which has also been misrepresented in our schools for so many years. While we have no “fact” to rely upon any faith, we should also be outraged due to the misrepresentation of the “theory” [Nice scare quotes!] of Darwinism to be taught in our schools, while no faith is allowed to be mentioned to our children.

Good point! The “theory” of Darwinism is a misrepresentation which is just as outrageous as denying the Holocaust. Then he tells us:

What is shameful about our educational system is that we as citizens of our country are required to pay taxes to the authorities to teach our children what I feel is a well-crafted lie about the beginning of man.

Shameful indeed! Bill continues:

I’ll never believe that we crawled out of the oceans and morphed into the miracle of the human body simply by evolution. [Hooray for Bill!] Any thinking human being should be able to grasp that concept.

What concept? Bill’s claim that he’ll never believe evolution? He’s right, that is difficult to grasp. Let’s read on:

However, we pay the system to teach our children that we “evolved” into what we are. It is no wonder that our society continues to deteriorate at a rapid pace.

And here’s the dramatic finish of Bill’s letter:

It’s painful to read the news most every day, learning of shootings, suicides, drug use and moral corruption. It’s time we ask ourselves why.

Bill’s point is that creationism denial is just as crazy as Holocaust denial — maybe even worse. What do you think, dear reader?

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16 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #973: Stop Teaching Evolution!

  1. There anit no such thing as Darwinism you dimwitted fool.

  2. Laurettte McGovern

    Time to ask “Why.” The answer–Religeon! See, Bill, I can be as crazy as you.

  3. Dave Luckett

    It’s the usual farrago of damfool falsehoods. “I don’t believe it happened, so it didn’t happen”. Not the slightest reference to evidence – not only as if it didn’t exist, but as if it didn’t matter if it does. And we’re going downhill fast because of it. Never mind that the US and the west generally has never been so peaceful, less crime-ridden, or so affluent. Double never mind that there is no possible connection anyway. The man’s an idiot.

    I’d like to think that the paper is only printing his letter to demonstrate what utter morons these people are. Alas, as I have many times found to my consternation and sorrow, what I would like to think is not how things really are.

  4. I kinda love (in a pervert way) the “I’ll never believe it hence it should not be taught” argument.

  5. Eddie Janssen

    “It is a disgrace that anyone should mutter a word that would suggest the fact that so many human beings suffered at the hands of the Germans before, during and after World War II, is false.”
    After? If you want to single out Germany before and during WWII, ok, but not after.

  6. “I’d like to think that the paper is only printing his letter to demonstrate what utter morons these people are.”

    Sadly many such examples of willful ignorance get published in order to provide “balance”; as though everything has two equally legitimate sides. Hence an ignorant opinion without any supporting evidence and a *lot* of evidence against it is just as good as the opposite case.

  7. chris schilling

    The Holocaust. Evolution. The breakdown of society. Talk about a string of non sequiturs.

    Evangelism has doesn’t much for Bill’s thought processes.

  8. Well, EddieJ, more than half of the Dutch nation suffered at the hands of Germans (especially Hölzenbein and Müller) on July 7th 1974. Fortunately we got our revenge about 14 years later.

  9. Desnes Diev

    “It’s painful to read the news most every day, learning of shootings, suicides, drug use and moral corruption. It’s time we ask ourselves why”

    Time to ask why Bill’s favorite deity does absolutely nothing to help?

    “I’ll never believe […] Any thinking human being should be able to grasp that concept”

    And will never open a book about evolution wrote by a scientist, just to learn about evolution. Magic is a simple concept to grasp-because it’s shallow-but it doesn’t explain anything.

  10. Ah, but Frank B, that revenge was against the Russians.

  11. “‘There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.'”
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    Intelligent Design/Creationism doesn’t come up to the standard of Harry Potter.

  12. @Jason: I was talking June 21th, not June 25th.

    @TomS: excellent point.

  13. Gwyllm Griffiths

    Actually, it looks like the newspaper does have a comments section, after all. Fire away!

  14. I’d love to, GwyllmG, but the newspaper shares the American disdain for internet privacy and that means I can’t read it from where I live.

  15. What is shameful about our educational system is that we as citizens of our country are required to pay taxes to the authorities to teach our children what I feel is a well-crafted lie about the beginning of man.

    What you feel, Bill? Why should your opinion count more than, well, mine?

    I’ll never believe that we crawled out of the oceans and morphed into the miracle of the human body simply by evolution. . . . However, we pay the system to teach our children that we “evolved” into what we are. It is no wonder that our society continues to deteriorate at a rapid pace. It’s painful to read the news most every day, learning of shootings, suicides, drug use and moral corruption. It’s time we ask ourselves why.

    Right! It’s all those evil-utionists’ fault. Lock ’em up, and burn their books while you’re at it!

  16. @zetopan
    The paper might just be publishing all letters to the editor that it gets. For example my local paper would publish anything because the number of actual signed, hard copy letters received was so low.