The burdensome unjust exercise of authority or power, that's Webster's definition of oppression. A daily bombardment of transparent lies and fear mongering; no criticism allowed, anger and hollering and fist shaking when you do. My way or the highway. I know best. "Shut Up!" It's beginning to feel just like a bad marriage.
God help the Iraqi people in their attempt to stop the foreign occupiers, that would be us, from stealing their oil and their homeland. Bring the troops home now! Can I say that?
Complaints of unscientific science
I read with chagrin in the Oct. 7 edition of the Brainerd Dispatch the "Clergy View" article submitted by Roger Marks. My dismay is in regard to his serious misunderstanding and erroneous concept of evolution.
Mr. Marks claimed that he has "studied evolution since fourth grade (1957)." He certainly hasn't studied the subject very well based on his remarks. Statements such as "whales become crocodiles" are ludicrous (whales are mammals and came into existence after reptiles which was the case for nearly all mammals). Furthermore, his statement that "almost all geneticists say that evolution from a genetic point of view is impossible" ignores the most basic tenants of modern genetic research. For example, most of our new and successful variations of agricultural products are the results of genetic research and genetic manipulation (in contrast to genetic variations caused by mutation). Finally, to say "there are no fossils of the changes from one species to the next" ignores vast and overwhelming paleontological and physical anthropological evidence to the contrary. Indeed, how does Mr. Marks even account for the notion of "one species to the next" if those "species" hadn't evolved?
Mr. Marks concludes his article by saying evolution "isn't a valid theory. We are teaching our children unscientific things in science." As far as I am concerned, those "unscientific things" are woefully illustrated in his article.
Misinformation about evolution
The most misleading thing about the evolution/creation discussion is that there is so much misinformation being promulgated by people who are ignorant about the natural phenomenon of organic evolution.
As a professional biologist since 1956 and an educator for a 35-year career I have more than a little familiarity with the subject of organic evolution.
The 10-7-2005 edition of the Brainerd Dispatch contained a column by a Catholic deacon. His assertion that whales become crocodiles and crocodiles become cows is a real howler. The neo-Darwinian theory of organic evolution is supported by libraries overflowing with compelling, convincing evidence, but according to the deacon the theory is very doubtful. Further he wrote, "First, almost all geneticists say that evolution from a genetic point of view is impossible." No scientifically literate person would make such a ludicrous and false statement. Geneticists, supported by modern discoveries in molecular biology have shown us that evolution is not only a fact--it is inevitable.
Further, he wrote, "At this point in time the fossil record is telling us that evolution did not occur." That kind of thinking still believes that the earth is flat, and the sun revolves around the earth. He wrote that we should no longer teach the theory of evolution because it isn't a valid scientific theory. I ask, how would he know? He obviously doesn't even know what a scientific theory is!
Then he writes, "We are teaching our children unscientific things in science." Our highest level of competence--the American Academy of Sciences, gives 100 percent endorsement to the teaching of the neo-Darwinian theory of organic evolution to our children.
The Deacon still needs to learn the meaning of Jesus' admonition, -- "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's."
Hearing unreported media reports
A letter writer claims that progress in Iraq goes unreported in the media, then goes on to cite examples of progress in Iraq, which consequently, he learned from the media (Fox Ticker Tape, Oct 3 ). And your point was?
Media, as defined in the dictionary, (all the means of communication, as newspapers, radio, etc.). If he is finding this "unreported progress ," then it really isn't unreported is it?
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