Creationist Wisdom — Example 73: Missing Link

CANADA has its share of creationists. To demonstrate that, we present this fine letter-to-the-editor Evolution remains only an unproven theory, which appears in the Nanaimo Daily News, hosted at the website canada.com.

We’ll copy today’s letter in its entirety, omitting only the writer’s name and city, adding our Curmudgeonly commentary between the excerpted paragraphs. The bold font was added for emphasis. Here we go:

Charles Darwin would had been 200 years old this year, and it is the 150th year anniversary for his work, Origin of Species.

Darwin was looking for a missing link, in the so-called evolution chain. I thought it would be interesting to see how far that branch of so-called science has progressed.

Yes, “Darwin was looking for a missing link.” Similarly, Galileo was looking for the man in the moon, and Einstein was seeking the philosopher’s stone. Let’s read on:

Do you remember Lucy, the name given to some bones found in Ethiopia? She was hailed to be the mother of the human race. Soon we were introduced to Lucy walking upright with human hands and feet, but then the truth came out that Lucy had the hands and feet of an ape, walked like an ape, and was an ape.

Right — despite all obstacles, creationists somehow managed to get The Truth out. We continue:

Another example is the Nebraska Man; our ancestor. The Nebraska Man was based on one tooth; that turned out to be from a pig.

This guy is actually lumping Lucy and Nebraska Man together as a pair of frauds. We’ve never seen that before. He should win something for originality.

Nebraska Man is one of the biggest non-frauds in history. His fanciful image that was briefly seen in the press was created by a newspaper illustrator, and it was promptly criticized by the biologist who first suggested the tooth might be hominid. He reportedly called the illustration “a figment of the imagination of no scientific value, and undoubtedly inaccurate.” The error in identifying the tooth was discovered three years later.

Nebraska Man was an error, not a fraud, and it never gained acceptance by scientists, even during the brief period when the press was running wild with it. Rather than being coupled with a genuine fossil like Lucy, Nebraska Man should be in a category of honest errors, like the canals on Mars. But we’re not surprised that the rhetorical arsenal of creationists is loaded ammunition like this. It’s all they’ve got.

Here’s more:

The fact is that no link has ever been found between two different species of animals. Evolution is a theory proven impossible; 150 years and not one link found. The foundation of the evolution theory is this: Nothing plus nothing equals something and that is a scientific impossibility.

That paragraph doesn’t contain one correct statement. Not even close. Hint: Tiktaalik. Moving along:

Charles Darwin attributed this to society, that part of the human race is more evolved than others and are therefore superior.

No citation for that claim is given, and none can be found. Darwin said the opposite — that we’re all the same species. Here’s another excerpt from today’s brilliant letter:

We know what Adolf Hitler bought into Darwin’s false philosophy: Millions of people were slaughtered.

Ah yes, Hitler the Darwinist. It’s tempting to start making Canadian jokes, but that’s a two-edged sword. We know too well that the cognitive distress exhibited by this letter-writer is not unique to his nation. On with the letter:

Despite the fact that there is absolutely no evidence for evolving from one species to another, it is taught as fact in our education system, and the media. You would think educated people would demand proof.

“Absolutely no evidence.” Okay. And now we come to the end:

Could it be that the issue is not at all about evolution, but that we prefer to believe a lie? For if we choose to seek and believe the truth, that comes with responsibility and leads to accountability.

[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]

There’s not much we can add here. The letter speaks for itself.

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3 responses to “Creationist Wisdom — Example 73: Missing Link

  1. Sorry ’bout that. I thought we fed all the creatards to the dogs. Guess we missed a few.

  2. Tundra Boy says: “Sorry ’bout that.”

    It’s not your fault.

  3. Thanks for resisting the Canadian joke… as a dual citizen, it is my sad/happy suspicion that the Canadian percentage of fundamentalists non-thinkers is lower than Jesusland. I mean America.