-- but if Mr. Marquardt didn't think his view of educational content mattered, he would have been more circumspect.
I also love the idea that working at Cowpie is like working in an Ivory Tower.
West Bend Peterson merely mocks those who disagree with his beliefs
Once again, Mr. Peterson’s anti-religion bias shines forth in a
column. I do agree with him that a candidate’s religious views should
be of no interest in a School Board race. Unfortunately, he does not
see that his own views on science are also clouded by religion –
simply a version that chooses to view things from a humanist and god-
less alternative perspective.
I did not intend to get into a theological discussion when I
entered this race. Eagle Forum posed the question of teaching
“alternate theories of origins ... as an alternative, or in addition,
to the theory of evolution.” I focused on the word “origins” because
there are vast differences of scientific opinion as to the beginning
of our world and the one that Mr. Peterson chooses to believe is no
more factual or provable than the next, including creationism.
While the scientific process of evolution is proven fact, extending
it backwards to attempt to explain the origin of life requires equally
as much faith as any other theory. Therefore, I do not support
teaching one origin theory as fact over the next, and neither do I
believe in censuring any of them. Intelligent Design simply allows
that religious beliefs are not necessarily incompatible with known
science. What we are supposed to be doing is opening young minds to
all possibilities, especially where facts are not clearly defined.
As for common sense, maybe Mr. Peterson needs to come down from his
ivory tower once in a while – to talk with regular folks rather than
just mocking them. Belief in God and his creation is rather normal
down here, as is upholding moral principles, free enterprise and
personal responsibility – all virtues that he, and the intellectual
class in general, has been trying to erode in the name of “progress.”