Today’s letter-to-the-editor — like so many lately — appears in the Concord Monitor of Concord, the state capital of New Hampshire. It’s titled Science supports intelligent design, and they don’t have a comments feature.
In fact, it was written by Joseph, who wrote one of those two earlier letters. Because he isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. Excerpts from his new letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
In his Jan. 28 letter, Russell Rowland said that evolution was a fact. Not only was the title of the letter “Evolution is a fact,” he also reiterated that claim in the text of his letter. [That’s discussed in our “Double Drool” post.] In a Feb. 8 letter, Jim Seidel said that not only does a majority of the scientific community reject Michael Behe’s analysis but his own biology department at Lehigh University rejected his analysis.
We often point out and link to the Lehigh rejection of Behe’s “science.” Here it is again: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”. Joseph isn’t impressed, and he tells us why:
What Seidel did not say was that the biology department did not have an answer to refute Behe. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] Are we going to repeat the mistake of the 17th-century at a cost to our student population?
What 17th century mistake is Joseph talking about? He explains:
In 1633, Galileo studied the scientific research of Copernicus. Copernicus, through mathematics, theorized that the Earth revolved around the sun – heliocentric theory. Galileo wrote his research substantiating that theory.
Yes, but Galileo didn’t make a mistake The Inquisition did — see Galileo affair. So what’s Joseph talking about? He continues:
Because the scientific community overwhelming refuted Galileo’s analysis [What?], he was reported to the political power of the day, the pope. Galileo was tried and convicted of heresy. The pope agreed to not have Galileo hanged if he agreed not to publish his analysis.
The scientists were against Galileo, and the Pope was lenient? That’s Joseph’s understanding of what happened? And Behe’s situation is analogous to Galileo’s? This is far more amazing than we expected. Let’s read on:
I can take you up to the top of a hill in my town and prove, with the naked eye, that the sun revolves around the Earth. [He can “prove” it?] But we all know that is not true.
There may be hope for Joseph. He doesn’t think the Sun orbits the Earth. Here’s the end of his letter:
Do justice to our students and teach intelligent design theory alongside of evolution and let them decide for themselves how they got here.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We were wrong. There’s no hope for the guy at all. Great letter for our collection, however.
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