WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Questioning of Evolution, which appears in the Ledger, published in Lakeland, Florida — somewhere between Disney World and the Gulf of Mexico. 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:
[We’d like to give you some excerpts from the letter, but that paper is being acquired by Stephens Media, and they’re suing bloggers who excerpt their content without permission. So you’ll have to click over there to read it for yourself.]
We searched, but we couldn’t find the letter-writer’s earlier item online. It must have been a spectacularly silly piece because it provoked a storm of rebuttals. [Addendum: It’s here: Polk County, Age of Earth.] As so often happens, the letter-writer won’t deal with the substance of what his critics said. Instead, he takes their opposition as evidence that he’s found The Truth™ and the evil ones can’t handle it. Let’s read on:
We’ve seen that line before. You can choose either the letter-writer’s version of religion, or else you’ve chosen a life of absolute evil. That’s a nice, simple, and totally absurd way to think about the world. But it does wonders for the creationist’s otherwise shriveled sense of self-esteem. Let’s continue:
We know that Darrow defended the two creeps, and they somehow avoided the death penalty, but was Darwin’s theory the basis of his defense? See for yourself: Closing Argument, The State of Illinois v. Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb, Delivered by Clarence Darrow . Hint: Darwin isn’t mentioned; the boys’ mental condition is. Darrow also said: “He [Leopold] became enamored of the philosophy of Nietzsche.” Make of that what you will.
Perhaps the two killers should have received the death penalty; instead they were sentenced to life in prison because of a skillful defense lawyer. Therefore … it’s Darwin’s fault? Hey, why not? According to creationists, everything is Darwin’s fault. Here’s more:
Aaaargh!! The letter-writer is now revealed as another grotesquely misinformed yet supremely confident creationist who hasn’t even read past the title of Darwin’s book — a book which doesn’t deal with the evolution of humans. We’ve discussed that amazingly persistent bit of nonsense here: Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. Moving along:
That may be one of the most contra-historical statements we’ve yet seen. It’s like saying that John Wilkes Booth assassinated Julius Caesar. But we have good news for you, dear reader. Today’s letter is coming to an end. Here’s the last of it:
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