I have to admit to being some what saddened after reading a letter published in the Lakeland Ledger newspaper today. The letter was written by a “homeschooled” fourteen year old girl named Kelly Freed and it was in response to FCS board member Dave Campbell’s article from the New York Times.
My first angry thought was that I would write my own letter to the newspaper and point out all the glaring errors and false quotes she had made. I mean just look at some of them.
“Actually, it takes much more faith to believe in evolution than to believe that the world was created by a divine Creator, God.”
“Regarding life, there must be a designer and an orderly first cause, not simply a “Big Bang.” Let’s say that everything just evolved. From where did it start? How did the “Big Bang” bang? The teleological argument states that there is a design in nature. In addition the universe is orderly and there are specific discoverable laws.”
“Did you know that fossils actually condemn geological records? Many complex life forms appear in the earliest rock formations. Also, there is no evidence of any creatures changing from kind to kind. There are no transitional forms in the fossil record. The “missing links” are still missing. Where did they go?”
… ad nauseam.
After thinking for a while, I realized that this obviously bright young women had simply been lied to. Lied to by her parents (or whoever homeschools her), lied to by her friends, and lied to by those who are supposed to be responsible for her spirituality. I was sad to think she will join the increasing number of young Americans who are ignorant about science and reject critical thinking.