We usually omit the name and location of the author of such letters, because there’s rarely any reason to provide internet visibility for solitary creationists, but we’ll make an exception here. Today’s letter-writer is Dr. David C. Krohn, a family physician in Yankton, South Dakota. In case anyone reading our humble blog lives in that area, it’s good to know the quality of this healer’s thinking.
We’ll copy most of today’s letter, adding some bold for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:
As suggested by the recent responses of two Sioux Falls School Board candidates, many think that science curriculum would be compromised if creationism was taught, arguing that only “good science” should be taught. The presumption that evolution is good science and creationism is bad science often is based on bias or lack of information.
We recently wrote about that school board race. See Creationist Candidate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is a big month for that town and our blog. Perhaps they’ll erect a statue of your Curmudgeon in the village square. Let’s read on:
Just as the dogma of the earth being the center of the universe was espoused for hundreds of years because of biased thinking, the theory of evolution similarly is promoted.
We pause for a moment or two to consider whether we’ve ever seen a more ridiculous analogy … [thinking] … No, we haven’t. The good doctor has topped them all. So let’s continue with his letter:
Many would say that macro evolution is a fact, but in reality the evidence more strongly supports creationism, e.g. no fossil transitional forms and sudden appearance of major groups of animals. However, scientists leaning toward creationism often are ostracized by their colleagues (see Ben Stein’s documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”).
Ah yes, Ben Stein’s “documentary” — see Expelled Exposed. However, it seems that creationists don’t mind doing some “Expelling” of their own. See: Evangelical scholar expelled over evolution. Here’s more from the good doctor’s letter:
Leading evolutionists have abandoned part of Darwin’s theory of evolution because of weaknesses and have tried to come up with modifications such as punctuated equilibrium, but this was unsatisfactory. Recent research has indicated the unreliability of assumptions underlying dating methods. It also was found that the genetic makeup of humans and chimpanzees is not as close as once thought, suggesting that humans did not evolve from apes.
This guy seems to be getting his “science” entirely from creationist websites — perhaps from sources like Answers in Genesis. That outfit just posted this article: Significance of Highly Discordant Radioisotope Dates. Moving along:
Evolution theory can point only to similarities in organisms, but this does not prove anything. Similarities also would be expected if all life was created as part of a comprehensive master plan. Evolution requires faith and approaches being a religion given its exorbitant claims.
Bear in mind, dear reader, the author of this letter is a physician. Another excerpt:
There are plenty of valid scientific studies by qualified researchers that attest to creationism. It is important that one looks honestly at the evidence instead of clinging to the politically correct preference for evolution.
Here’s the letter’s end, where it reaches its climax:
In fairness to students, unbiased teachers are needed, and both evolution and creationism should be taught.
So there you are. If anyone out there is looking for a good doctor in South Dakota, we’ve provided you with some useful information.
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