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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Stupid Letters--"Church and State"
Other than an extremely weird, probably parody letter ("These are not what normal women do. Do we see men wanting to play dolls, sewing clubs [sic], etc?"), which seems to speak for itself, the only noteworthy letter to the editor today was regarding the selling of religious literature at the Grand Canyon (opinion links still not online. Silly, incompetent Newsnet).

"A certain professor's comments especially made me again question the real beliefs of some professors that we are taught by every day." Because, heaven forbid you should just ask professors what they believe about topics you're curious about. Good thing we have DU reporters getting quotes so we can tell when professors are secretly godless apostates.

"Creationism is just as much a scientific explanation as evolution or any other explanations of the creation and history of our world." Depending what is meant by creationism, this statement is at best very tenuous, and at worst totally false. Not that some mainstream science is as good as at it could be, but any system of beliefs that starts from propositions of sheer faith is not 'scientific' in the accepted sense of the term, even if you approach your faith scientifically. And I'm not sure what evolution is supposed to have to do with the creation of the world. Wouldn't a combination of astronomy, cosmology, and geology be more relevant?

"I cringed as I read that the professor invoked the classical "separation of church and state" and that he believed, [sic] "the government cannot use public facilities to advance the cause of a religion." Were I given to cringing, I would cringe at the thought that any BYU student thinks the government should under any circumstances be violating the First Amendment.

"So what the professor wants is to silence the government's opinion if a hint of divine intervention is proposed as an explanation." More like what the Founders and the First Amendment want, and I dearly hope the American people still want as well. It is most certainly not the government's job to pass judgment on when divine inspiration occurs, and when it does not. Missouri 1838 should be enough to convince any Latter-day Saint of that proposition.

"I guess we shouldn't be teaching the idea that God created the world in our public schools either." Not if it does so in a way that violates the Establishment Clause.

"I understand that the professor is probably caught up in the sciences and has lost sight of what education and teaching is [sic] really about." Since the author disavows science and can't write grammatically, I wonder just what he is studying. Education?

"I ask the professor to practice a little faith..." I'm sure he'll appreciate the advice. Why don't you try practicing a little science, just to keep things even?

UPDATE: now online

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