Philip Monfort extols Don Casebolt as a “thinking man of professional stature” and was pleased to discover he is a retired physician. I also respect Dr. Casebolt’s knowledge and have enjoyed reading his columns on nutrition, even though he sometimes allows his (religious) confirmation bias to interfere with a full analysis of a subject — caffeine, for example.
I am also a retired physician. I hope that does not diminish Mr. Monfort’s regard for the profession.
Mr. Monfort wants our youths to be exposed to both intelligent design and evolution.
I have no objections to that, but it can’t be done in public schools.
In Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, federal court Judge John E. Jones III ruled “Teaching intelligent design in public school biology class violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States because intelligent design is not science and cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents.”
As was demonstrated in that court case, evolution can more than hold its own when confronted by religious fundamentalism.
I noticed my previous letter inspired retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor Lee Ray Holmes to write a lengthy column for the U-B religion page explaining away biblical notions of hell and everlasting punishment. His essay is a classical example of how any spin doctor can obfuscate what appears to be a clear meaning in any text.
Mr. Holmes makes it clear he believes in a loving God, so has to find a way to prove his God would not condemn anyone to endless burning in hell.
Instead his God, once he has called the dead back to life, will only burn up those who don’t believe in Him until they are dead again. Whew! Nice God.
I have donated my body to the University of Washington School of Medicine. When they are through with it, whatever is left will be cremated. I wonder if that will satisfy Mr. Holmes’ God.
Dieter Hain writes that “I am still waiting to see one of the great apes change into an intelligent human being.”
I marvel at such a profound misunderstanding of evolution. But if I had been forced by my church to believe Earth is only 6,000 years old, I would likely harbor the same ignorance.
Curtis Stone was actually “stunned” when he read my letter, I didn’t realize I had such power. But I appreciate finding out from him I was “well-known from Colville to Spokane.”
Ah! the power of the pen.