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Letters to the Editor

October 11, 2009

Tehran will be impressed by teeth, not edicts



To the editor:

The United Nations is not now - nor was it ever intended to be, an Army. Therein lies the problem - and cause - of its "effectiveness."

It is a political consortium dependent upon the consensus of its member states (nations ). Thus, it should surprise no one when looming "sanctions" will fail to reign in Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Tehran will be as little impressed by such rhetoric as was the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq till we added teeth (credible force) to those lofty edicts.

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Joe Hammell
Waynesboro, Pa.




Darwin must have been a very confused man



To the editor:

I read Alan Powell's recent article with great interest. I would like to dwell on Charles Darwin's conversion back to Christianity to be untrue. According to Powell's article, Darwin in his biography condemned Christianity as a damnable doctrine.

Coincidentally, I happened to be reading a book, "Galileo goes to jail." In it, there is a section regarding Darwin's life, written by J. Moore. According to Mr. Moore, Darwin had an unusual attitude toward Christianity. He believed in God but not Christianity, yet his infants were christened and his family attended the parish church. Darwin did not attend but gave generously towards repairs and sent his boys to be tutored by clergymen. The Rev. J. Innes became a lifelong friend. He became a county magistrate, swearing on the Bible. He donated money to support missionary work in Terra del Fuego. It is claimed that his burial at Westminster was seen as a visible sign of reconciliation of faith and science.

So what did Darwin really believe in? It is indeed difficult for anyone to decipher his true belief when one considers the contradictory information regarding his beliefs. On the other hand, his Theory of Evolution left no doubt that he did not believe in a God all powerful and a creator, since he assigned these roles to nature and to natural selection. His God is unable to restrain people from doing mischief and He lost interest in His creation.

If my assumption is correct, then, Darwin must have been a very confused man, to say the least. We may ask, should we believe his Theory of Evolution, which is based on random events? We are free to choose the answer.

S.V. Yumlu
Hagerstown

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