Creationist Wisdom — Example 24

FOR YOUR inspiration, dear reader, we offer you another example of creationist wisdom: Darwin was wrong. This letter to the editor appears in the Alamogordo Daily News, a daily newspaper founded in 1898, published in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

But first, a bit of context: As you may know, the legislature of that state is currently considering an anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism bill. See: New Mexico Creationism: A New “Freedom” Bill. Letters to the editor of this nature frequently appear when states are considering such legislation. We suspect that such letters are part of a loosely orchestrated campaign to simulate the appearance of a popular groundswell.

We’d like to give you some excerpts from this letter, but that paper is owned by Media News Group, and they’re suing bloggers who excerpt their stories without permission. So you’ll have to click over there to read it for yourself.

He thinks “Darwinism” is a foolish theory, and for that reason he’s opposed to teaching it. Brilliant, huh?

Then he gives some “young earth” facts, like the legend that somebody found ten million flash-frozen mammoths, many standing upright. That’s amazing! On the other hand, you might check this out: woolly mammoth frozen remains, which says:

To date, thirty-nine preserved bodies have been found, but only four of them are complete. In most cases the flesh shows signs of decay before its freezing and later desiccation. Stories abound about frozen mammoth carcasses that were still edible once defrosted, but the original sources indicate that the carcasses were in fact terribly decayed, and the stench so unbearable that only the dogs accompanying the finders showed any interest in the flesh.

Ten million. Thirty-nine. Let’s not quibble over trivia.

Then he claims that there are no transitional fossils. On the other hand, see: list of transitional fossils . Who ya gonna believe?

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8 responses to “Creationist Wisdom — Example 24

  1. I keep waiting for these ignoramuses to refute relativity….

  2. retiredsciguy

    “I keep waiting for these ignoramuses to refute relativity….”

    …or gravity. “Newtonism is evil!!!” I mean, if gravity really exists, then why is the moon still in the sky?!?

  3. James says: “I keep waiting for these ignoramuses to refute relativity….”

    It’s happening. Google for ‘Einstein was wrong.’ No need to use the quotes. Over 300K hits.

  4. This is true, but they tend to restrict it to web sites written in multiple fonts, sizes, and colors instead of letters to the editor. Equal time for the anti-physics cranks!

  5. I often wonder if local newspaper editors publish these letters with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Maybe they go through their stacks of mail looking for the most entertaining crackpot.

  6. eric,

    Hmm, perhaps that’s why Nature published a letter to the editor from Maciej Giertych.

  7. “In fact, every serious investigation shows thousands of different species appeared on earth at about the same time.”

    Is this the writer’s confused misrecollection of the Cambrian Explosion controversy? I’m always a little amazed when Creationists bring that up, since a statement of the problem implies the Earth’s enormous age and a whole lot of evolutin’ goin’ on since then. I think they just sense something even the “eggheads” are puzzled about and think it’s a loophole to slip Creation in even though they don’t really understand what the exact issues are.

  8. I’m boggled by the ‘fact’ that “the eggheads in education will continue to spend trillions of dollars in the quixotic pursuit of Darwinism instead of simply reading the Bible.”