Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton, Michigan (population 7,708) in the northwestern portion of that state’s Upper Peninsula. The title is Big hoax called evolution. 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. Okay, here we go:
No creator God, no judgment, no accountability to Him. Life is devoid of meaning since mankind is no different than a twig or animal. These false concepts come from the big lie called evolution.
Great start, huh? Eagerly we plunge forward without delay:
And people are shocked at mass killings? Of reprobate thinking that’s lost touch with right and wrong, life and death?
Wow! Just … wow! Let’s read on:
Our public schools share in the blame in this anti-God mindset, while propagating the big hoax called evolution.
At this point the letter-writer presents a series of mined-quotes. They’re his only evidence. They purportedly come from “Sir Julian Huxley, the world’s leading evolutionist,” who said he liked evolution because God interfered with his sexual appetites, and from Sir Arthur Keith, who said evolution is unprovable, and from physicist R.A. Milliken, who said essentially the same thing.
Fortunately, we don’t have to bother checking those quotes, because “today’s” letter is a couple of weeks old, and a subsequent letter-writer has already debunked them. Huxley never uttered that “quote,” the Keith quote has been debunked, and the Millikan quote is accurate, but it’s from 1925. See Evolution not un-American. Having been spared a lot of effort, we continue with “today’s” creationist’s letter, which still has plenty of goodies:
Evolution is the faith belief of the atheist, Marxist and fascist. It dehumanizes and desensitizes all reverence for life, liberty and property as gifts from God of which government’s primary duty is to protect, not destroy.
Yeah, that commie-fascist Charles Darwin. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s amazing what we find out there. Here’s more:
James Madison said, “We have staked the whole future of American Civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity … to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
That quote is absolute garbage. See the Wikiquote entry on James Madison, where we’re told it was:
Attributed to Madison in The Myth of Separation Between Church and State (1989) by David Barton, he has since declared it a misattribution, after Madison scholars reported that this statement appears nowhere in the writings or recorded utterances of James Madison.
Relying on David Barton is the last desperate act of a fool. The letter continues:
Martin Luther believed schools would become great gates to hell unless the sacred writings of the Bible were taught.
Oh yeah, that guy. Check this out:
Another excerpt from today’s letter:
When Thomas Jefferson was superintendent of schools in Washington, he considered the Bible the foremost textbook.
Huh? Jefferson was superintendent of schools in Washington? That doesn’t sound like him, or the kind of curriculum he would approve. The University of Virginia, which he founded, was created without professors of theology. It had no school of divinity, a tradition which continues to this day. The letter ends gloriously:
Should we be surprised that today our nation is morally and economically bankrupt? Evolution is unAmerican and anti-American fraud, like our fake money system. Is life so sweet and peace so dear that we’ve lost the connection between cause and effect?
It looks like Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is yet another place your Curmudgeon will have to avoid.
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