WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Evolution not the answer, which appears in the Patterson Irrigator. That’s a twice-a-week newspaper from Patterson, California — population around 12,000, and known as the “Apricot Capital of the World”.
We’re skipping the first paragraph because it’s unrelated to the rest of the letter. Otherwise, we’ll copy today’s letter in its entirety, omitting only the writer’s name and city, and adding our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. The bold font was added for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
Despite its influence, evolution in our culture is in a state of collapse. There are many influential scientists who support intelligent design and back their beliefs with scientific fact, and the number is growing.
The number is growing. Growing! Let’s read on:
Still, evolution remains the theory in power whose impact is meant to move society away from moral boundaries. For those who only hear one side of the debate — that is, most public high school students — it is a compelling, seductive and often liberating feeling that helps to justify immoral, illegal and sexual tendencies.
Sexual tendencies? Egad! We continue:
Sir Julian Huxley — grandson of Thomas Huxley, known as “Darwin’s Bulldog” for his support of evolution — was asked why evolution caught on so quickly. His response was: “I suppose the reason we all jumped at ‘Origin of Species’ was because God interfered with our sexual morals.”
We’ve seen some really odd criticisms of evolution, but this is extreme. It’s not Darwin being quoted, nor is it even Thomas Huxley. It’s Huxley’s grandson! It would mean nothing even if he were he accurately quoted, but a bit of Googling indicates that the quote may be creationist fiction. We’re not vouching for this, but we found THE JULIAN HUXLEY LIE, which says the “quote” comes from Henry Morris, godfather of quote miners, and was then repeated by James Kennedy, the vicious creationist propagandist who said: “To put it simply, no Darwin, no Hitler.”
We have no idea whether the Julian Huxley “quote” is accurate, nor do we care. Here’s more from today’s letter:
What an honest and accurate answer [Huxley gave] to support the true reason the evolution theory is popular among certain age and cultural groups. Grim social consequences have followed since having embraced the evolution theory.
Yes, an “honest and accurate answer.” It explains why Darwin was such a notorious libertine and ladies’ man. Moving along:
It is ludicrous to believe that man is nothing but an advanced form of life. All of Mr. McKinley’s [columnist who sparked today’s letter] claims can be refuted. The fossil record offers no support for Darwin’s claim that all life descended from a common ancestor. Intermediate fossils that show the transitions from one life form to another are not to be found.
Ludicrous, refuted, no evidence, no transitionals. We’ve been fooled!
And now we come to the letter’s end:
Evidence from the heavens, the earth, life and man all point to Genesis 1:1 — “In the beginning. God created the heavens and the earth.” What we all observe every day all around us speaks plainly and boldly of a design and a designer. And that is no whimsical theory!
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
So there you are, dear reader. You have no evidence, and your theory is all about sex. So give it up!
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