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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.

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.