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None March 12th, 2013

Regarding the Feb. 6 letter to the editor by Douglas Mock, Joseph Thai and Tom Boyd (“Same ol’, same ol’”): It’s the same ol’, same ol’ strategy by closedminded, evolution-Kool-Aid-drinking scientists in our universities who keep out an ever-watchful eye to protect their weak theory from any scrutiny.

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What evolutionists fear

Regarding the Feb. 6 letter to the editor by Douglas Mock, Joseph Thai and Tom Boyd (“Same ol’, same ol’”): It’s the same ol’, same ol’ strategy by closedminded, evolution-Kool-Aid-drinking scientists in our universities who keep out an ever-watchful eye to protect their weak theory from any scrutiny.

Whenever a bill comes up before our Legislature that gives teachers in our public schools the freedom to teach the positives and negatives of evolution, they immediately cry “foul” because anything that might bring doubt on their beloved theory must be religious.

The reason why they are so touchy is because they know how weak evolution theory is, and when those weaknesses are pointed out to students, it might cause them to question its validity.

I thought it interesting that they brought up the discovery of germ theory as an example of the great strides science has made in the last 200 years. Do they not know that germ theory was supported and finally proved by Louis Pasteur in 1861 because he rejected the evolutionistic concept of spontaneous generation, also known as abiogenesis, that taught life sprung from inorganic matter? This was a tremendous blow to Darwin’s theory at the time, which Pasteur spoke out against during his scientific career.

By the way, Pasteur was considered one of the greatest scientists of his time, especially in France. I believe he and many scientists today would be offended by being referred to as “anti-science wolves.” Science is all about questioning everything. Theories come and go.

History is replete with examples of great scientists who became great because they questioned the status quo.

The bills that Mock, Thai and Boyd refer to are not about religion; they are about letting science be science. I think the real threat of religion in our public schools is the religious cult of evolution theory so guarded by its adherents.

Truth does not fear investigation.

I wonder what evolution scientists are afraid of.

—Steve Kern Oklahoma City

Kern is pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Right-thinking governors

Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, recently surprised most political pundits by changing his mind about expanding Medicaid. “I, as all of you know, am not a supporter of Obamacare,” Kasich explained at a press conference. “But I think this makes great sense for the state of Ohio.”

Democrats have been arguing for quite a while that Medicaid expansion is the only fiscally responsible path forward. Now their argument has been endorsed by Kasich, who has impeccable conservative credentials, since he is a former chairman of the House Budget Committee and a former Fox News analyst. Kasich built his political identity arguing for smaller government; now he finds himself at odds with the same conservatives who propelled him to victory in Ohio.

The issue for Kasich and others in his position is pretty straightforward: Do they choose ideology or reality? For much of the right, the only thing that matters is fighting against “Obamacare.” Whether it makes sense from a policy perspective is irrelevant. The goal is to preserve the integrity of a far-right conservative philosophy that seems to be entirely detached from practical considerations.

For governors, it’s not as easy to ignore the substance. Unlike right-wing activists, governors actually have responsibilities.

A speaker at the “Expand Medicaid” rally at the state Capitol last month used a simple analogy that really made sense to me. He said, “If someone told me that they were going to buy me a steak dinner for three nights, but on the fourth I would have to buy my own if I wanted one, I think I would be a fool to turn down those three steak dinners.” Perhaps the Republicans actually are concerned that creating healthier children, seniors and working people will be so cost-effective that they won’t be able to stop participating.

The conservative states of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and North Dakota and their Republican governors have also decided to take the practical approach and expand Medicaid. I think these governors realize that they actually have responsibilities to their constituents, and I applaud them for putting people before politics. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our governor would have the courage to do the same?

—Jo Davis Shawnee

 
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