LETTER: Gideon Bible issue is a farce

Re: “Gideon Bibles will no longer be distributed in Abbotsford”

Re: “Gideon Bibles will no longer be distributed in Abbotsford”

What a farce. A book containing thousands of years of human history violates the B.C. School Act because the atheistic community wants a fish story monopoly in public schools? I haven’t seen this discussed objectively in the public forum of British Columbia lately. Who’s making the rules? Is the secular position on this matter so weak it cannot withstand a debate?

Scientists claim the coelacanth barely changed in 66 million years, but then turn around and say Tiktaalik is a type of transitional fossil. This belief violates Occam’s razor where if two explanations exist for an occurrence, the simpler one is usually better. If Tiktaalik is not found to be a “living fossil” like coelacanth, then it’s logical to assume Tiktaalik is just an extinct fish.

Here’s a quote from Neil Shubin himself, “It’s reasonable to suppose with those big fin rays that Tiktaalik used its hind fins to swim like a paddle. But it’s possible it could walk with them as well.”

Shubin admits Tiktaalik may have just been using its sturdy pelvis and fins to swim, but he then leaps to what he believes was “possible.” From this imaginative possibility he later draws conclusions which have made their way into public education. These conclusions and those who support them (atheism community) is one reason why the Bible is now no longer distributed in B.C. public schools.

Wikipedia explains religion in this way: “Religion is a cultural system of behaviours and practices, world views, sacred texts, holy places, ethics, and societal organization that relate humanity to what an anthropologist has called “an order of existence.” ”

Wouldn’t believing we have fish ancestors easily fall within a category of an order of existence? Instead of heavy-handed tactics, there should be room for a fair and balanced discussion on this matter. Is there an arbitrator who can decide, surely not the media in B.C. which has almost exclusively reported opinions against the Bible in the last few days.

In summary, the decision to now completely ban the distribution of a history book supported by such a vast array of archaeological findings in favour of this fishy belief is completely preposterous. I would expect more living in a constitutional monarchy than a secular dictatorship establishing a rule while refusing to listen to the other side of the debate.

Dan Cameron, Mission