Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Peoria Journal Star of Peoria, Illinois. The title is Evidence overwhelming for creationism. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis.
As a courtesy to even the most foolish letter-writers, we usually omit mentioning their name and city — but today is an exception. This line appears at the end of the letter: “Jeff Vallosio is a high school science teacher. He lives in Washington.” There is a Washington, Illinois that’s close to Peoria, so we assume that’s where the letter-writer does his teaching. We also found this through Google, which suggests that he’s at Peoria Heights High School.
Wherever he is, now you’re ready for his letter, so here we go:
Contrary to some recent Forum comments – specifically Ronald Steveson’s letter of July 26, “Science contradicts Bible” – I would reply that “Science requires the Bible” in that without a rational, ordered universe there could be no science. One must have a repeatable framework – not a random evolutionary system – in order to carry out scientific studies.
Here’s the earlier letter: Science contradicts Bible. The beginning of today’s reply sounds like the same stuff we wrote about here: Jason Lisle: All Science Is Creation Science, so we won’t repeat ourselves. The letter-writer continues:
The actual evidence opposes naturalistic origin of life and it is only by cherry-picking tidbits and tendrils of reasoning that evolution can be at all contrived. Contrary to conventional wisdom, I believe the evidence is overwhelming in favor of a creator vs. the evolutionary origin of life.
This guy is a science teacher! Let’s go on:
Natural selection operates on existing genetic information and has no ability to produce the new information necessary for an increase in complexity. Therefore, evolutionists use mutations to be the engines of change. But positive mutations that result in increased complexity are not observed. Random mutations yield changes that disrupt or reduce information.
No new information! No positive mutations. Aaaargh!! For a hint of the overwhelming evidence against this teacher, see the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims, where they deal with Evolution cannot cause an increase in information.
Want more? Sure you do. Here it comes:
Biochemistry is astoundingly complex. Like a mousetrap, one part is pretty useless without the others all present and properly attached. Darwin himself admitted that transition fossils would be the death knell of his theory if not found. They have remained very elusive in the 150 years since. The fossil record is a massive example of catastrophic water burial, very definitely not an example of slow and gradual deposition. The mass of evidence leads us to the conclusion that chance, mutations and time produce disorder rather than increased complexity.
Complexity. Like a mousetrap. No transitional fossils! What fossils do exist prove Noah’s Flood! Yes, yes … Aaaargh!!
Okay, okay. We’re back under control. Let’s return to the letter:
Lest anyone think otherwise, there are numerous present-day creationists with solid scientific credentials from public institutions across the country. These include [silly list omitted]. Many past scientists were also creationists, including many who have units of measure named in their honor, e.g. Dalton, Faraday, Joule, Kelvin, Maxwell and Newton. Other famous creation scientists include George Washington Carver, Mendel, Morse and Pasteur.
Isaac Newton — who died 82 years before Darwin was born — was a creationist. Impressive! No doubt, today’s letter-writer feels that he belongs in Newton’s company. But wait — the best is yet to come:
On a positive note, there is a very professionally done and easily understood Creation Museum just a five-hour drive via I-74, immediately south of Cincinnati. You can find it online by Googling “Answers in Genesis.” Another site with lots of documentation is Creation Ministries International. Atheists may want to avoid these sites since they do present Christ as creator, savior, sustainer and the real solution to mankind’s needs. Oops, I am obviously one of those ignorant religionists. Yet I am also a 36-year public high school teacher.
Our advice to the parents of Washington, Illinois (or Peoria, or wherever this guy teaches) is this: Pull your kids out of school as fast as you can. Then get out of town, permanently. Don’t look back. Just go. Listen to your Curmudgeon. Get out now!
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