I would like to congratulate Garth Buchanan ("On Science," Herald, July 5) on his faith. He shows absolute dedication to the religion of evolutionary humanism, which dictates that the beauty of a mountain meadow in the springtime and the intricacy of the DNA molecule are the result of a gigantic explosion that took place somewhere billions of years ago. It is a religion that believes the human mind evolved from the slime and goo over thousands and thousands of years into a brain that is capable of abstract creative thought.
Well, if that is what Buchanan wants to believe, it is his right to do so. However, when he states his belief is the only valid belief and the idea there is a designer behind the beauty we see and the complexity of life itself should be barred from school, as has been the case for so many years, then he is advocating indoctrination in place of education. He is espousing the ideals in education that were held by such people as Hitler, Stalin and so many other despots throughout history.
Regardless of whether you agree with Buchanan's religion of evolution, you should be wary of his desire to ban any other thought system about how we came to be. If he and so many like him succeed in doing so, then what belief system is next for being banned?
What it boils down to is that Buchanan is at war with his creator, God.
Paul Bynum, Durango