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THE BIBLICAL FLOOD
Arnold Barnes | East Brunswick, NJ | July 10, 2011

There are only two comic strips I read in the Star Ledger: Doonesbury and Dilbert. Only after reading them do I leave the comic section and go to the front page to witness evolution in reverse. Great Sunday strip today, on the dutiful high school teacher expounding on the Biblical Flood. "Please stop. I'd like to get into a good college." is hilarious. One important point the teacher should add: "Good colleges that you students want to get into will expect you to be familiar with the ancient flood legend that all cultures have had in common for the last 10,000 years. Fortunately, however, atheists came along about 150 years ago and decided that this groundless myth doesn't hold water. Life actually came from a bucket of pond scum by an extremely remarkable unlikely series of accidents." Now the teacher's students are ready for college.

YOUR CHOICE
Jeff Crockett | Arlington, TX | July 10, 2011

While I have always enjoyed your witty comments and satirical views on modern politics, I have to say that I am quite disgusted with your choice to mock Christianity and the faith of millions of people in the world. While you may find religion stupid and controvertible because of it's "lack of reasonable evidence to support it," many people completely understand the concept of faith in that which cannot be seen. While the 1st Amendment affords us the right to speak our thoughts freely and openly, common sense and courtesy should dictate how we speak our thoughts. I'm sure you would not condone someone berating Gays and Lesbians for their lifestyle choices, even though there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that they are "born that way." Their entire lifestyle is based on a "belief" that they were born a certain way, even though scientific eviodence in no way supports their belief. Christians believe in creationism, which is in fact supported by scientific evidence.

With great power comes great responsibility, which you have abused with this cartoon. Publishing something like this encourages people to openly mock and berate people for something they believe in, which I am sure you would not encourage if it involved people with different beliefs (Gays and Lesbians for example). I hope you find time to contemplate the hatefulness of your actions, and come to the realization that it is wrong to mock anyone, even if their beliefs differ from yours.

CONTRADICTIONS
Skip Harris | Benton, AR | July 10, 2011

I really enjoyed today's great summary of the contradictions between Judeo/Christian scripture and science, but don't let a small detail weaken the argument: Microbes survived on their own. Floods make 'em happy. Think cockroaches instead. (I enjoyed the Bach video on the Home Page today too.)

THANK YOU
Jim Glaes | Hahnville, LA | July 10, 2011

Good God, thank you for today's strip. Does my heart good. I really want to send it to a few state reps and senators.

DINOSAURS
C.S.T. | Winnipeg, CANADA | July 10, 2011

While I too used to think Creationists believed that dinosaurs were killed in the Great Flood (ala the Irish Rover's song "Unicorn"), it turns out that's not how it works. As it was explained to me: since the proven existence of dinos mnust be reconciled with the Bible, and the only section of the Bible that even comes close to mentioning them is the story of Noah, then dinosaurs must have been on the ark. Their later extinction is -- seriously -- a subject of debate amongst the more scholarly Creationists.

STANDING UP
Rick | TEXAS | July 10, 2011

Thanks for standing up against creationists attempting to have ancient tribal superstition taught as science in modern classrooms. Here in Texas, we have been somewhat successful in preventing public school science books from becoming religious texts, but the "intelligent design" folks are determined to change that. I hope you will continue to speak out on this issue despite the threats of hell & damnation you surely receive.

THE LIST
Nigel | Leeds, ENGLAND | July 10, 2011

Loved the punchline to today's strip. Am now waiting to see the list of papers which have discontinued carrying it as a result.

THE DESTROYER
Walter Zagieboylo | Norfolk, MA | July 10, 2011

About the creation: in your willfulness you err, I'm afraid, taking the part of the destroyer who rejoices in mocking at truth and in destruction of the innocent. Are you so sure you have understood what was written by holy prophets of God? Arrogance and mocking will reap the whirlwind, not peace and truth. Humility and prayer are used by the wise at heart. God bless you, Garry. Be wise.

HISTORY AND WIT
Daniel B. | Berlin, GERMANY | July 10, 2011

Some month ago I bought the 40-year-anniversary volume only to find that this still wasn't anywhere near enough. So I started reading from the very beginning, whenever I have some time. The first ten years of Doonesbury only took me 10 months or so. I'll tell you when I'm through completely -- in two years or so. Thank you so much for this living history and all this wit.

OFFENDED
Geraldine Armstrong | Houston, TX | July 10, 2011

Just want to let you know how offended I was by today's comic strip. I find it interesting that on the page for submitting BLOWBACK comments there is a note referring to "psycho flamers out to trash the culture by lowering the standards of social interaction." To me, you are a member of that category.

THANKS
James Weed | Phoenix, AZ | July 10, 2011

Thanks for the comic strip, and an “unbeliever’s” view of the bible (made me cringe a little, I must admit). Public school pounded evolution into my head for 12 years. I tried to believe it, I really did (the big bang, biopoesis, cross-species gene transfer, etc.) but God had other plans. How “foolish” I am (but it's OK). 1 Corinthians 1:25: For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. 1 Corinthians 1:18: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

TAKE IT
Peter Hofmann | Dallas, TX | July 10, 2011

You dish it out, let's see if you can take it -- or at least think about it! Do you know who Dr. Kenyon is? or Dr. Behe? Do you know who Dinesh D'Souza is? Please educate yourself and read their books. You obviously are ignorant of what DNA is, and what the definition of science is. What is your proof of evolution? How do you explain elastic tissue in dinosaur bone -- yes bone, not fossil, as was found by Dr. Horner and verified by multiple labs around the country. How do you explain billions of galaxies formed from nothing? Yes that is what evolution claims. How can matter create information? There is not a single example of where matter improves the genome, despite all sophisticated microscopes and studies by millions of scientists, and Dawkins (probably your hero) concurs with this. So how did the billions of changes occur that changed the DNA or RNA of a microbe to become that of Man?

REASON
Lucas Keiser | Lynchburg, VA | July 10, 2011

There is a reason why evolution is still referred to as a theory. Adaptation within species is, at most, considered "micro-evolution" but is not evidence that one species is changing into another. If evolution were true, the fossil record would provide evidence in the form of transitory fossils; fossils that demonstrate small changes over time. These fossils do not exist. The late Stephen Jay Gould noticed this in the fossil record and, along with another gentleman, developed "punctuated equilibrium," which suggets that evolution occurred in small bursts and not gradually over-time. The problem with this theory is that there is no evidence to support it. For a scientist to say "We do not know how evolution works" is an implicit admission that they are taking "on faith" that evolution is valid. For someone to claim that they "know" that God does not exist is the equivalent of one claiming omniscience which, ironically, can only be attributed to God.

CONGRATULATIONS
Richard Pike | Kingsport, TN | July 10, 2011

Congratulations on hitting a new low in falsifying what the Bible says and what science says. If I have a bone to pick with somebody, I deal with the issues as they are. But in today's strip, you have fabricated idiotic fiction out of whole cloth that bears no relationship to anything.

ENTITLED
H.F. | Eddyville, KY | July 10, 2011

In today's strip I appreciated Mr. Stiller's use of the word "entitled." Very subtle and funny. As a Kentucky parent of high schoolers, I can say this is satirical, but not fictional.

ATTACKS ON SCIENCE
Greg Schwed | New York, NY | July 10, 2011

GBT's Louisiana high school biology class strip was brilliant. With just a few well-chosen strokes of the pen, he punctures the absurdity of the "Creation Science" / "Teach the Controversy" movements and similar thinly-cloaked, Bible-based attacks on science. This strip should be required reading for students in all such benighted jurisdictions who are forced to waste their time on such claptrap.

APPALLING
Jan Smith | Fort Worth, TX | July 10, 2011

I find it appalling that you mock Christianity and creation in your comic strip. Whether it is your belief or not that the world was created by God, your mocking of creation was tacky and downright rude. I feel sorry for you and your narrow-minded opinion.

FUNNY
Mr. Pannell | Slidell, LA | July 10, 2011

After all these years, we finally get a funny Doonesbury. Today's strip was hilarious. The line "the evidence massively supports a theory of evolution" was pretty funny. I mean, what logical person would actually believe that Everything evolved from Nothing? It's not possible. At least with a deity, there is a possibility of it happening. The "theory" of evolution is as crazy as the Big Bang "theory." There was nothing and then Bang there was something. Sure, if you say so. Keep that comedy coming.

A SERIOUS PROBLEM
Shannon | Fort Collins, CO | July 10, 2011

I think today’s strip does a great job of showing a serious problem in our education system. Several semesters ago I was fortunate to have a science class with a teacher who presented a fairly unbiased explanation of the arguments from the fields of mathematics and biology for intelligent design. He also presented some common counter-arguments. The teacher explained what criteria a theory must meet to be considered a scientific theory and let us decide for ourselves whether intelligent design theory is scientific or not. It was a great learning experience, and I’m so sad to see that, as the strip illustrates, many children are not getting the chance to learn what I learned.

CERTAINTY
Mike Strickland | El Dorado, AK | July 10, 2011

I taught physics and chemistry in a high school, and am of the Southern Baptist persuasion. Darwin's theory of evolution is certainly a logical explanation of how we got here; Genesis Chapter One is certainly allegory. However, evolution can not be tested using the scientific method, and if you consider the cosmology behind the "Big Bang," there is always that question, "Well what was there before that?" Science will never come up with a statement as clear and ringing as "In the beginning there was a void on the face of the deep." In truth, no one can explain how the universe, or our humble species, came into being with any certainty.