As the circle of insightful individuals who still appreciate the real value of printed newspapers narrows, this might be a good time to point out that an editorial cartoon is designed to provoke thought and is the personal opinion of the creator of it, nothing more.
Some cartoons can go down in the annals of history as profoundly wise, while others just show the author's personal contempt for certain people and/or their beliefs. I respect Tim Lockley as a skilled cartoonist and scientist and I'm thankful we still live in a country where he can express his views, which (with this exception and a few others) I often appreciate and agree with.
No, Mississippi doesn't teach creationism in the classroom. The state teaches evolution. And as atheists should have learned the hard way decades ago, replacing the teaching of intelligent design in the classroom with Darwinism hasn't made our students more academic, it has had the opposite result.
But speaking as someone who hated religion and Christianity until Jesus made Himself known to me, I can't blame anyone for that hatred who has yet to meet Him. To know Jesus is to love him. Otherwise, He's just another competing world view.
And no, Mr. Kunellis, the Big Bang is still a theory, requiring faith just like religion does in something that ultimately can't be tested and proven. Your "facts" don't exist. And were the people who imprisoned Galileo for his scientific discoveries here today they would also imprison me and anyone who teaches the Biblical Truth of salvation.
Pastor, Parkway Baptist Church