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Another Student Letter Defends ID against Ad Hominem-Happy Critics

Casey Luskin

Rabia Malik, a leader of the IDEA Club at Cornell University has an insightful letter published in today’s Cornell Daily Sun. Rabia explains clearly how Darwinists resort to stereotypes and ad hominem attacks upon ID proponents. Yet she herself stands as a refutation of these stereotypes, as she explains “For the record – I am neither a Christian, nor a conservative, nor Republican.” Read the letter below!

Editorial resorts to stereotypes

To the Editor:

Re: “Who Is the Dodo?,” Editorial, Feb. 13

It is disappointing to see that the same stereotypes are always resorted to in the evolution vs. intelligent design debate. The Sun has sadly enough fallen to the same tactics to justify their opinions. From a newspaper that I respect for its many accomplishments, I was surprised to see such a poor code of journalistic ethics and misinformation.

Obviously, thinking is not allowed nor important – dogmatic science must be correct and therefore must be blindly accepted. That The Sun had followed a series of fair essays discussing the issue of intelligent design (I.D.) by stooping to this narrow-minded and inaccurate account leaves me disgusted.

I do agree with you on one point. I.D. should be debated – Darwin himself said he learned best from his critics. But this is a scientific issue and not one of religion. I.D. is based solely on empirical evidence and does not rely on any religious text or authority.

Bravo to the Cornell students who are willing to think critically and step aside from the stereotypes and name labeling – the Bible thumpers, the dodos, the conservative Christians or redneck Republicans. Bravo to the Cornell students who have finally decided to be open minded and to question authority and the status quo. Even the dead can follow the stream, but only few question dogma.

For the record – I am neither a Christian, nor a conservative, nor Republican.

Rabia Malik ’07

(Editorial resorts to stereotypes; Re: Who Is the Dodo?,” Editorial, Feb. 13 by Rabia Malik)


Casey Luskin

Associate Director, Center for Science and Culture
Casey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.