The delusional creationists are everywhere, and the funny thing is how many of them consider themselves brilliant, well-informed, and objective, when what you discover on examining their claims is that they are foolish, ignorant, and blinded by religious bias — and obviously, they don’t even know it. Take, for instance, this high school teacher who issued a debate challenge.
Ritter, 59, has taught chemistry and physics at Annville-Cleona High School since 1997.
Ritter says he has no religious motivations, and he was not arguing for intelligent design or creationism.
He said he was barely aware of the controversy about evolution and intelligent design in the Dover Area School District until the issue went before a federal judge in late 2005.
Hooray for high school science teachers, they can be terrific. Unfortunately, this one who has no religious motivations and doesn’t argue for ID creationism or plain old creationism, was arguing against evolution, calling it “bad science.” As for his lack of awareness of the Dover controversy…he’s from central Pennsylvania, about an hour’s drive from Dover. Shouldn’t that self-announcement of utter obliviousness be an immediate warning that either he’s rather unqualified to be discussing the issue, and/or he’s hiding his actual motivation?
I vote for both—he’s hiding his beliefs. Later in the article, he mentions a few of his reasons.
While he said he has no religious motivations, one of his criticisms of evolution is that it promotes atheism.
“When evolutionists say that a creator cannot exist, they are saying God cannot exist,” Ritter said.
I’m also voting for “obliviousness,” since you have to be a complete fool to trot those old claims out as arguments against evolution, while simultaneously trying to pretend you’re completely open on the question of religion. Oh, well, the good news is that he only teaches physics, so he doesn’t have much opportunity to mislead his students about biology. I hope.
(via Spanish Inquisitor, unexpectedly)