This is our second letter-to-the-editor today, but it’s a quickie. It appears in the Gadsden Times located in Gadsden, Alabama. The title is Evolution not a fact. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go:
There is a wealth of information to show that evolution is not a fact, or even a good hypothesis. But newspapers usually ignore this information and print articles like “Scientist: Evolution debate soon will be history.”
This [Leakey's prediction] probably is true, but not because evolution has been proven to be true. It will happen because: 1. Scientists who believe creation are not given a voice; and 2. The public in general wants to be rid of God, and evolution is the best way to be rid of Him.
Do we detect a creationist persecution complex? Let’s read on:
Evolution is not a true science. Science is “the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation and theoretical explanation of natural phenomena” (Webster’s). There is no way to observe, identify, describe or experiment with something that occurred millions of years ago. Archeology and related sciences can tell us much about the past 6,000 years.
Ah, another genius who gets his information either from scripture or the dictionary. His dictionary tells him that science excludes the past, except that archeology somehow goes back as far as Genesis. Great dictionary! We continue:
If America was not so interested in getting rid of God, people like Leakey would be laughed out of town. The idea of digging up a bone and saying it is millions of years old is too ludicrous for debate.
Now he explains why it’s ludicrous:
How do you know that fossil is that old? Because of the rock it came out of, stupid. How do you know that rock is that old? Because of the fossil that was in it, stupid. Mock science will never produce the truth, and fondling bones will never help humanity.
So far this guy is a fairly typical creationist. That is, he knows nothing. But he distinguishes himself with his next sentence because it’s the worst we’ve ever seen from one of these people:
Leakey would bless humanity if he stuck to flying his airplane.
The letter-writer must be very proud of that. Leakey lost his legs when a plane he was piloting crashed in 1993.
The final paragraph is a religious rant that begins: “Darwin’s desire to destroy Christianity will never entirely succeed.” No doubt. With righteous guardians of the faith like today’s letter-writer, his world is secure.
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