Evolution satisfies science
Regarding your article [“Darwin not enough; new theory vital for an education,” Oct. 18], Darwin may not be enough for the author, but evolution has satisfied
scientists for a long time.
If there is confusion about the process of evolution, I suggest books such as Richard Dawkins’ Blind Watchmaker or The Selfish Gene.
But for anyone insistent upon teaching creationism in any guise in the classroom, I must insist that they give equal time to FSM (Flying Spaghetti Monster). Additional information about FSM can be found at www.venganza.org.
– Sanford M. Sorkin
Computer and Information Sciences
Giving voice to the silent
As an MA candidate in Temple University’s political science program, I would like to express much gratitude to The Temple News, especially Chris Reber and Chris Stover, for publishing their latest article [“Israeli soldiers end their silence,” Oct. 18]. Although I’m an avid reader of The Temple News, I must admit that I sometimes find the articles lacking substance.
This, however, was an amazingly refreshing exception! It’s so wonderful to see that you’re not only printing articles that are educational, but that also offer your readers the great opportunity to hear the voices of an all too often silenced minority.
The illegal occupation that the state of Israel inflicts upon the Palestinian people is indeed morally reprehensible, but it can never be overcome if the media continues to ignore the cries of help emanating from the oppressed. You heard the call, you chose the moral high ground, and you covered the event. Thank you and please keep up the great work!
– Nadeem Muaddi
Representing the sensitive and important
I recently read the article on the Students for Justice in Palestine “Breaking the Silence” event, where there were two Israeli soldiers who retold some of the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [“Israeli soldiers end their silence,” Oct. 18].
I want to thank you for publishing this article. This is an issue that has been misunderstood and misrepresented by popular media for years now. It is refreshing to see that writers such as yourselves are taking a position on this sensitive issue and representing a less biased perspective that is informative of the reality of the situation.
– Aasia Abdullah
School of Education
PETA rebuttals for fur
Please allow me to explain why PETA targets Vogue editrix Anna Wintour for her shameless promotion of fur [“Dirt: Just call me Cruella De Ville,” Oct. 18].
PETA has attempted to educate Wintour for years about the atrocities in the fur industry, but our attempts have been met with deaf ears and a cold heart.
Animals killed for their pelts are cruelly drowned, clubbed to death, crushed in steel-jaw traps, and genitally electrocuted, sometimes just for a little piece of fluff on a coat collar.
Recent investigations into the fur trade in China-the world’s largest supplier of fur-found fur farmers beating animals with metal rods and skinning them alive. You don’t have to be a vegan or an animal rights activist to agree that this is indefensible.
We sincerely hope that Ms. Wintour will have a change of heart and use her power and influence to promote fashionable, humane alternatives to fur. But as long as Wintour and Vogue support such a violent industry, she should expect to carry its baggage.
To find out more, Temple News readers are invited to visit FurIsDead.com.
– Paula Moore
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals