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Letter to the Editor (Part II) - A comet's tail that proves nothing

By André R. Gignac
Posted Aug 14, 2012 in
Note to readers: This article is in response to Mr. John Tsiehta's letter published last week, entitled "Waiting for the plate of convulsions".
Sir: I find it deplorable that your journal has once again become the voice through which John Tsiehta could spew his drivel (“Waiting for the plate of convulsions”). But the wrong having been done I will use my time here to summon the author, and yourself, to take a second look at the abuse you have thrown at the believers’ face, and pray for your souls if you can remember how.
John Tsiehta supports his philippic on a finding – a comet’s tail – that says very little about our condition, and which is the proof of nothing. What a story – some amino-acids traveling freely in space – and there he goes, into a frenzy, denouncing everything and everyone, barking at ordinary people who just want to live their faith peacefully, and slandering our good brothers and fathers in Rome and other religious capitals, whose lives they have generously sacrificed to the task of guiding us on the tortuous roads of terrestrial life.
The man is blurting out so much venom against the faith, I’m beginning to think that he just wants to be admitted at the Four Horsemen’s table, maybe even sit on Hitchens’ chair (I hope God will find time to work on that lost soul). I don’t know how else to explain Mr. Tsiehta’s villainy and your opening up your pages to him every time a story beckons his wickedness.
Why would a passing comet justify in your eyes such an assault on the beliefs of billions of human beings? Is it possible that 90% of the planet’s inhabitants suffer from some sort of religious hallucinations, while this man and his consorts, including you I’m afraid, are the only ones who have gotten it right? I doubt it. And frankly, Tsiehta’s apparent fixation on monkeys is of no interest to anyone, except probably to those who wish to see us walk on four legs.
No one is disputing that science does provide answers to some questions about the material world we live in, but it is notable that all the Galileos of this planet have never been able to deny categorically that there was, that there is, intelligent design and divine creation at work here. John Tsiehta himself does not even dare to deny God’s existence, for his drooling concerns mainly the question of finding out if the Earthling is, or not, a lone child in the Universe.
It is quite possible this question will soon discover an answer. We may one day find brothers and sisters on other worlds, and then our pagan author could have the surprise of his life on learning that they, too, look toward the skies when talking to a common God. My point is, whether we are alone or not in the vastness of space has little to do with proving or denying God.
Mr. Tsiehta can search space as much as he wants. For all I care, he can buy a one-way ticket to the nearest comet and fly with it at high speed toward the middle of a black hole. That’s how much I don’t expect him to understand any time soon that faith does not need to be crazy-glued on the back of a rocket for believers to find God. He resides in all of us; He is real in the form of the spirit that inhabits each one of us; He is real in the morals that guide us in the knowledge of good and bad and in the universal love for mankind.
For me, science’s idea of a Big Bang is not dissimilar to the satisfied cry of God: Let there be Light! And who can affirm that it is surely not God who put life on comets prior to pushing them in all directions? Who can say without any hesitation that other civilisations – if they indeed exist – surely do not share our faith and do not pray God the same way we do, maybe with the very same rituals which seem to innervate so much our dear author?
John Tsiehta would have us believe that he forgot about time running always in one direction only. Thus we have to suffer his distressing vituperation about the well-known abuses committed a very long time ago by people associated with the faith. There is no point in denying that mistakes were made, but again, commiserating on that will bring us no closer to the truth, if it is in fact what he is searching for.
No doubt Mr. Tsiehta anxiously awaits his fodder, but he should not expect a plate of convulsions any time soon. For if the Church teaches us to believe in what is not necessarily obvious, it does not necessarily teach us to ignore what is.
-- Paul Pohsibeht
Please see here Part 3 of the debate.

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