Apparently, I’m infamous. From yesterday’s Ames Tribune (below the fold):
Challenging the gang of three
The Evolution Academic Freedom Act HF 183 introduced Feb. 3 by Rod Roberts (R-Carroll) has come under attack by the infamous gang of three, namely Hector Avalos, of Iowa State University; and James W. Demostes and Tara C. Smith, of the University of Iowa.
HF 183 states that college and high school teachers often suffer discrimination or punishment for questioning evolution. The gang of three, who are godless atheists, want to push their agenda on the teachers and students at our schools and universities.
Robert Crowther Jr., of the Discovery Institute, said, we simply want educators to be free to teach the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific theories involved in evolution.
We asked Avalos if the Big Bang theory would give way to some other theory in the future, and he said there’s no doubt about it. This is hard to believe.
We hire atheists to teach our children things that are outright lies, and these atheists dare to call it science.
Imagine if you can an explosion so big that it created the entire universe. Ask the gang of three where the material came from that caused the explosion. They don’t know.
Ask them why the earth is in the exact right orbit to sustain life and where did life come from. They don’t know.
Since the gang of three has no answer as to how life began, then what gives them the right to prevent other people from expressing their opinion?
Ask a Bible-believing Christian how the universe began. He will say in the beginning God created the heaven and earth. Here is a challenge for the gang of three. Let them write a letter to the editor and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the universe and all life evolved out of nothing.
Sam and Darlene Erickson
First, the “gang of three” aren’t all “godless atheists,” not that our religious beliefs (or lack thereof) should make a difference. (And couldn’t they come up with a better name?)
Second, the only “agenda” here is the teaching of good science.
Third, the Avalos quote is pulled out of thin air.
Fourth, again with the atheists–plenty of religious individuals accept science (I’m sure the Ericksons have been introduced to the Clergy Letter Project as this is not the first time this issue has come up; too bad they didn’t attend our symposium a few years back held at Wartburg, a Lutheran college here in Iowa.
Fifth, more fallacies. Big bang =/= biological evolution. Abiogenesis =/= biological evolution. Of course, you see these thrown in all the time by creationists trying to “disprove” evolution, because evolution is much more straightforward to observe and document than the creation of the universe or the beginning of life.
Finally, of course, no one is trying to “prevent other people from expressing their opinion.” However, there is a time and a place for certain opinions, especially those involving religious belief. The Ericksons are certainly free to express their opinions in their home, in their church, in their newspaper–but they are not free to try to present their religious opinions in schools as science. This should not be a difficult concept to understand, but unfortunately some groups of people still believe that the rules are for everyone else but them.