Friday, August 26, 2005

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

kinda like fox news and slcspin huh?

8/29/2005 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

Hey, I'm smart enough to recognize mistakes, but not smart enough to avoid them.

8/29/2005 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger Travis said...

N=Nobodies (aka anonymous commenters)

Sorry, It's late, I'm bored, and I am back to blogging after an almost 2 week haiatus.

8/31/2005 02:56:00 AM  
Anonymous hellotoyou said...

And Senator Buttars doesn't have an ulterior motive? Come on!!!
That's the whole reason Buttars is doing this. Why oh why do the papers keep quoting him like he is some kind of expert? It only makes him think that he is. I actually agree with him on some of his agendas (notice that every year he has one or two agendas that he uses to get his name in the papers?), but old Butterfingers just kind of creeps me out. His work on the Boys' Ranch is to be commended.

BTW, I happen to be a strong proponent of intelligent design, but spokespeople like Buttars don't really make the case for it look any better.

9/06/2005 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous late said...

So Buttars trusts the government to teach intelligent design rather than the parents and church. Hmmm..... I wonder if it will be the Mormon version of creation. In my LDS Sunday school class, there were at least half a dozen people who offered different versions of what they thought about the creation. Maybe the question should be which Mormon version of the creation would Buttars have big government teach.

9/06/2005 10:08:00 PM  

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