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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.

MISINFORMED
Wayne Pruitt | Tulsa, OK | July 10, 2011

You are misinformed. There is much scientific evidence supporting the creation model and the biblical scenario. Have you ever thought about how fossils came into being? It was not over thousands of years, but due to swift and complete covering, encapsulating the animal in earth. Otherwise it would be eaten by other animals or deteriorate rapidly back to dust within a few years. Fossils are most likely the result of rapid covering as in Noah's worldwide flood. There are many contradictions to the evolutionary model if you take the time to be informed.

THE FACTS
Al Doyle | Troy, MI | July 10, 2011

In today's strip the teacher figure states that evolution is a proven fact in biology. This conclusion is not supported by a study of the facts. No one has ever seen, nor documented, a cat and dog mating to produce a "cog" or a "dat." A tabby and a lion can mate and produce a cougar, but they are all cats. Small, simple organisms are more complex than the HVAC system in the Pentagon. I used to believe evolution, as you, but then I studied to refute the bible believers. Surprisingly, the more I studied, the more I found that they were right. By the way, Noah did take dinosaurs on the ark.

CAN'T BELIEVE
Fred Reklau | Winfield, IL | July 10, 2011

Today's strip is great. So much said in so little space -- better than my own post on the Clergy Letter Project. Yes, I'm a Christian, a retired Lutheran pastor who can't believe this creationist/"intelligent design" nonsense still has credibility among the credulous.

INTERESTING
Chris | Paradise, CA | July 10, 2011

I find it interesting that your teacher fails to point out in the "overwhelming scientific evidence" that it's his own religious belief that nothing exploded into everything, and given enough time anything can happen. Not to mention the fact that none of these scientists can explain how chemicals combined to form a living reproducing organism, nor can they explain how the Earth appears to be the only planet capable of supporting life out of the billions contemplated. Fortunately God believes in you even if you don't believe in Him.

ONE THING
Doug Burgin | Baton Rouge, LA | July 10, 2011

I have lived in Louisiana my entire life (66 years). After reading your strip today in the comic section of the local paper, I have only one thing to say to you. Thank you.

MONKEY TRIAL
N.J. Gill | Philadelphia, PA | July 10, 2011

How appropriate. Here's today's entry from the Writer's Almanac:

"On this date in 1925, the Scopes 'Monkey Trial' began in Dayton, Tennessee. In March of that year, the state had declared that it was unlawful 'to teach any theory that denies the story of divine creation as taught by the Bible and to teach instead that man was descended from a lower order of animals.' The American Civil Liberties Union set out to find a teacher who would be willing to challenge the law. Eventually, they found 24-year-old high school biology teacher John T. Scopes; he hadn't actually taught evolution, but he had assigned readings on the subject while filling in as a substitute, and that was good enough. Clarence Darrow represented the defendant, and William Jennings Bryan prosecuted. Columnist H.L. Mencken covered the trial, which ran for 11 days. The judge stipulated that neither the constitutionality of the law nor the validity of the theory of evolution could be debated in the court; the only issue to be determined was whether or not Scopes had broken the law. The jury ruled that he had, and he was fined $100."

 

SORRY
Gerald Auger | St. Paul, MN | July 10, 2011

I wanted to comment on your Sunday comic Doomesbury taking a hit at Christians. Then when I visited your home page I realized you are too far gone. I truly feel sorry for you.

FUNNY
Rob MacIntire | Phoenix, AZ | July 10, 2011

I saw your "funny" in the Sunday paper. Not so funny, or clever. Since the 1960s, the liberals and the (renamed) progressives have worked very hard at eroding Christianity and the Bible. Judging by the number of Christian radio stations, churches and believers world-wide, you continue to fail. Look around and see what you (collectively) have birthed; Godlessness, shattered families, drugs, hopelessness, suicides, immorality and confusion. I can hardly wait to see what your wisdom will produce next. Please read 1 Corinthians 1:17-19. It applies to you.

THE OTHER ANIMAL
Matt | Brooklyn, NY | July 10, 2011

Thanks for remembering to mention the other animal Noah forgot. As I understand it, God was not pleased that His unicorn missed the boat.

TOO FAR
Gordon Smith | New York, NY | July 10, 2011

I've read your strip for years and enjoyed the humor, especially in the early years. But I've always been a bit bothered by how one-sided the criticism is. It would be better if you made fun of both sides. I was completely offended by your strip this morning. It just went too far.

AGAIN
Roy G. | London, UK | July 10, 2011

Today's strip is going to annoy the creationists again. Good. Keep it up.

DIFFICULTY
Barbara Truitt | Shaker Heights, OH | July 10, 2011

As a scientist and as a spiritual religious person, I thank you for today's succinct summary of the difficulty of teaching and talking about evolution in today's society. When a presidential candidate can claim that the forefathers of our country opposed Darwin, the rhetoric has taken over the argument.

MASSIVELY WRONG
Collins Cameron | Lodi, CA | July 10, 2011

Today's strip shows clearly how massively wrong you are. This alternative theory is supported by no scientific evidence whatsoever. It goes like this: Out of nothing, came everything. It took a couple of billion years, and there's no frame of reference to point to. This is the theory. It sounds stupid to a thinking person. Thanks for letting me vent.

ALTERNATIVE TO EVOLUTION
Lola Sorensen | St. Augustine, FL | July 10, 2011

After reading today's strip about science teacher Mr. Stiller's obligatory discussion of the alternative to evolution, it came to me that you are a National Treasure. I thank you for so many years of sanity, truth and fun in Doonesbury, and I hope I live as long as you because I wouldn't want to miss a single one.

ONLY A FOOL
James T. McCabe | Philadelphia, PA | July 10, 2011

Re. today's strip: Only a fool says in his heart 'There is no God.' You have to be an idiot to mock out loud your intelligent creator. Retract quickly for your own good.

THE KILL FACTOR
Kate Macdonald | Brussels, BELGIUM | July 09, 2011

On the subject of soldiers suffering service-related trauma, the BBC World Service ran a couple of radio documentaries recently on this subject: The Kill Factor, available as podcasts.

ANTIDOTE
Annie | Belfast, N. IRELAND | July 09, 2011

This week's storyline seems to be moving to the point where B.D. finally accepts that Ray needs help, not just his ongoing friendship, and today's punchline is an absolute cracker! I was wondering when B.D. would force himself to act, and it was when he saw how he frightened his daughter that he made his move. Now he sees she has been alarmed, but has taken things in her stride presumably because she knows that she is safe with B.D. and Ray. But she has underlined the similarity between the men -- "Ssshh...he has nightmares like you" -- in a way that surely leaves B.D. having to do something. I love the idea of leaving her prized doll to comfort Ray, and then the antidote to any sentimentality: "Re-load, America!", that kind of call to arms of which non-soldiers are so proud,

VETERANS AND THOSE WHO LOVE THEM
A.M. | WASHINGTON | July 09, 2011

On December 8, 1970, the man I still love returned from his year in Vietnam. He died in a VA Hospital in April of 2008 after struggling with PTSD and drug and alcohol addiction for 37 years. During the last months of his life, he was unable to speak because of a brainstem stroke but was able to write until the last month of his life, during which time he communicated using thumbs up or thumbs down. His last communication to me, a week before he died, was thumbs up. Everything you have written over the recent years about veterans and those who love them rings clear and true. Thanks so much for bringing this into the light.