Creationist Wisdom #124: In the Dark

WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Idea of evolution doesn’t hold up, which appears in the Springfield News-Leader, the major newspaper for Springfield, Missouri, third largest city in Missouri. We’ll copy most of today’s letter, omitting the writer’s name and city, adding some bold for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:

This submission is in response to the article “Keep intelligent design out of the classroom — stick to evolution.” (March 1)

Here’s a link to the earlier letter she’s talking about: Keep intelligent design out of the classroom — stick to evolution. It was a good, well-informed letter, but far too rational for us to highlight here when it was first published.

It was, however, exactly the sort of thing that attracts creationist attempts at rebuttal. Today’s letter is an example. Let’s read on:

In this article [the earlier letter], Mr. O’Reilly states that religion “has historically held a staunch reason for keeping people in the dark.” I don’t understand this statement.

This is delicious! We continue:

The book of Genesis clearly states that God created everything on Earth. Genesis 1:1, the first verse of the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

See? What’s all this silly talk of being in the dark? The letter-writer knows what’s going on. Here’s more:

From the birds of the sky to the fish of the sea, everything was carefully designed by our Creator. Including man himself. It even says that man was created in God’s image.

Yeah — that’s what it says. So there! Moving along:

After the Flood, certain species had to adapt to their surroundings, but it remains unscientific to state that any species evolved from one single cell.

Those evolutionists can’t fool today’s letter-writer; she knows her bible! Another excerpt:

Humans are very interesting, complex creations. Anything with such an intricate design must have been planned out and carefully made.

It’s so obvious, even an idiot can see it. And now we come to the end:

It offends me when people say we evolved from single-celled organisms. I have been designed for a specific purpose, as has everything else on the planet.

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

We totally agree with today’s letter-writer. The specific purpose for which she was designed was to write that letter for the amusement of your Curmudgeon and his legion of Controversy junkies. Mission accomplished!

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3 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #124: In the Dark

  1. At least she only quotes one bible verse and keeps things short. I don’t remember ever hearing someone say that it offends them “when people say we evolved from single-celled organisms.” Sounds like she is easily offended.

  2. retiredsciguy

    Seems like it’s the single-celled organisms that should take offense, being blamed for giving rise to the letter writer.

  3. The letter’s author: “It offends me when people say we evolved from single-celled organisms. I have been designed for a specific purpose, as has everything else on the planet.”

    I wonder if she would accept Behe’s “compromise”, which is that we descended, though not “evolved” per her (and Behe’s) false caricature of evolution, from single-celled organisms, over a ~4 billion year period. If not, would she have the guts to challenge him directly? And if so, would he have the guts to refute her challenge.