FOR our first entry in this series to start the new year, we present to you, dear reader, a column titled The Myth of Evolution , which appears at a website calling itself Right Side News, about which we can find no information other than the fact of its existence. Judging from the quality of today’s column, we wouldn’t regard it as a reliable source of information on any topic.
The author is John Leonard. At the end of his column we are told:
John Leonard is RightSideNews.com’s newest Contributing Author. Other articles by John may also be found on AmericanThinker.com. His first book, titled Hybrid Theory: Reconciling Creationism and Evolution Theory, is pending publication by epress-online.
So we went looking for epress-online, which we assume is a vanity publisher, and found their website. They require the author to submit his book in their format, and it seems that they put it online and share the revenue with the author. It doesn’t appear that they pay anything in advance, as is customary in the publishing world, so they seem to be a publisher of last resort.
We also found Introducing our new author, John Leonard, where we learn, among other things:
He is married, have [sic] two children and two (one pending) grandchildren, live in Alpharetta, Georgia, developed computer software for twenty years, dabbled in real estate investment until he decided as a writer at least he wouldn’t lose money.
This intellectual titan has now turned his considerable talents to demolishing the theory of evolution. Here are a few excerpts from his column in Right Side News, with some bold added for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:
What is evolution? The term is actually a conglomeration of four separate and distinct theories, each of which must be successfully addressed in order to explain our existence. The Big Bang theory attempts to explain the origin of the universe. The theory of abiogenesis attempts to explain the origin of life and how inanimate matter became a living organism. The theory of speciation attempts to explain how the first simple, single celled life forms evolved to become every known species of plant and animal life we know today. Finally, Darwin’s theory of natural selection defines the process by which a given species mutates over time through “descent by modification”.
Where have we seen such a spectacularly bone-headed description of evolution? Ah yes, we discussed it here: Creationist Comic Books from Jack Chick, and in particular, something close to Mr. Leonard’s misinformation is found in Big Daddy.
Let’s read on from Mr. Leonard’s column:
Without God’s involvement in creation, the conglomeration of theories known as evolution falls completely apart. Scientific evidence for abiogenesis flat out does not exist. In fact, the dictionary defines abiogenesis as “the now discredited” scientific theory to explain the origin of life. No further elaboration is necessary.
Ah, science research via the dictionary. Profoundly convincing. We continue:
Likewise, there is no credible evidence for speciation. The much touted fossil record only proves the existence and extinction of life forms before modern life came into being.
Yeah, just a buncha bones. On the other hand this author has no problem with natural selection. But he has a perfectly logical reason:
Darwin’s theory of natural selection is also logical to accept by those who believe in the Bible because it explains the expansion of life since Noah, the Ark and the great flood. Noah took two of every kind of animal; not two black bears, two brown and two Grizzlies, just two bears total. Natural selection is a logical explanation for how life propagated over the earth again.
There are other goodies in the column, as the author reveals himself to be not only a better biologist than virtually all now in that field, but he’s also an expert on American history and constitutional law. Behold the insights of this prodigiously learned polymath:
The phrase “separation of church and state” originated from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists. It is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution.
Jeepers, he’s right! Hey, “separation of powers” isn’t mentioned either. Nor is “checks and balances,” “limited government,” or “popular sovereignty.” Everything we ever learned is a fraud!
The incredible bias and animosity against the theory of creationism stems from a thinly veiled objection to religion in general and God in particular. … It appears the primary objection to creationist theory is the perceived duration of the Creation week.
Uh … actually, there are other objections. Anyway, here’s the final paragraph:
The theories collectively known as evolution should be honestly and fairly taught in school against competing theory, not as gospel truth. Each individual theory should be examined and judged on merit, not given shared credibility by implying all have evidence comparable to Darwin’s famous observations.
If you can figure out this guy’s position on anything, please help your Curmudgeon out. We can’t make any sense out of any part of it.
Update: Another Leonard column is discussed here: Global Warming & Creationism: Yet Again.
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