Senator Chris Buttars Skipped Freshman Writing at Utah State
This is an editorial written by Senator Buttars and published in USA Today. As a piece of writing, it is severely flawed. He states the premise, or thesis, of the editorial right away: "I believe those fighting against the teaching of intelligent design in schools have an ulterior motive to eliminate references to God from the entire public forum." This opening paragraph setting up an editorial on the "campaign to eliminate God from the public forum" is unfortunately left to flounder on its own because Senator Buttars offers no evidence to support this claim. Instead, he rambles on about the missing link, fossils, and scientific proof. Confusingly, he then writes the conclusion as if he did argue his thesis and the actual body of the editorial was never written: "Teaching evolution is really about the determined drive by activists to eliminate any reference to an intelligent power in the universe." So really, Senator Buttars actually only partially wrote two editorials. He wrote an introduction and conclusion for an editorial about a campaign to eliminate God from public discussion and wrote arguments for an editorial to refute evolution.