Tom Ritter is a retired high school teacher who taught physics and chemistry. As previously reported, he filed a federal lawsuit against the Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania because he claimed that the school was violating the First Amendment by teaching the "religion of atheism." The lawsuit, filed in early 2011, has reportedly been dismissed.
Over the last few weeks, Ritter has been issuing press releases in order to claim that atheists belong to the "new flat earth society" and that agnostics are also members of that society because they do not subscribe to the view that the second law of thermodynamics disproves the theory of evolution. The second law of thermodynamics is a common argument used by biblical creationists. One of the most succinct explanations of the law appears in Evolution Frequently Asked Questions website:
The second law states that "In a closed system (one in which energy cannot enter), Entropy will not decrease." Since Entropy often refers to disorder, this law is often taken to mean that order cannot arise from disorder. How then would life, which is highly ordered, form naturally? The answer, simply, is that life is not a closed system. Energy is constantly being added to the Earth from the Sun, which fuels the plants, which in turn fuel other life. This is how plants, for example, can have more energy than the seeds they originally sprouted from. But life is not the only example of order from disorder. Snowflakes, crystals, lightning, and sand dunes are all examples of non-living matter organizing into complex structures.
In his latest press release, Ritter now wants a debate over whether the theory of evolution is "bad science." He's offering a winner-take-all of gold contributed toward the debate and offering a $500 finder's fee for someone meeting his qualifications who is willing to take the time to debate him. His press release reads in its entirety:
"The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity." -- Richard Dawkins, famous Atheist
There are basically two kinds of Atheists: Overt, that is they say they are Atheists, and covert, that is they deny they are Atheists or do not even know they are one. For many people, the subject of evolution separates the Atheists from the believers.
You see evolution is bad science. It proposes that sexual species can evolve and that the human brain evolved from lower forms. Neither has been shown to be even possible, no one was there to see this "evolution" even if this did happen, and the fossil record is no help. Therefore the only objective approach to evolution is to say, "Maybe; maybe not. I do not actually know".
But most evolutionists do not say this. To the contrary they declare that evolution is a fact. Some science!
They say this because they cannot fathom a Creator had a hand. And no Creator means there can be no God. Thus most evolutionists are Atheists.
Now Atheism is a religion, that is, something based on an article of faith which in turn is something important that cannot be proved, like there is no God.
And it is illegal to teach religion in the public schools.
To prove this claim, I challenge anyone in the continental USA who teaches middle school science or above, anyone running for state or federal office, or anyone who is big in the evolution community to debate the following:
Evolution is Bad Science - I, of course, will defend the affirmative.
Additionally, this debate is to take place before a jury of previously undecided people and each debater is to place five (5) ounces of pure gold in escrow, the winner, as determined by the jury, to take the pot.
I also offer a finder's fee of $500 to the first person who finds a willing and qualified challenger. So ask; it is worth $500 to you.
This offer expires 11/15/12. Let's see who has the courage to put his money where his mouth is.
Ritter can be contacted at 570-366-1115 or by email at email@example.com.