We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled What are we teaching at taxpayers’ expense?, which appears in the Newark Advocate of Newark, Ohio (the 2nd biggest Newark in the US). We’ll copy most of today’s letter, but we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. We’ll also add some bold for emphasis, plus our usual Curmudgeonly commentary between paragraphs. Here we go:
Evolution is the dumbest and most dangerous religion in the world.
A powerful first sentence. We should point out that the author of today’s letter is a preacher. He then says:
In the interest of full disclosure, I believe in the literal six-day creation of the universe as recorded in the first two chapters of Genesis. I freely admit that my acceptance of the Genesis account is purely by faith. I don’t have to prove my beliefs nor do I have to defend them because I am not asking the taxpayer to fund the research of or the teaching of my beliefs in the public schools.
Thanks for disclosing your belief, Mr. Preacher-man, because we never would have been able to guess otherwise. Let’s read on:
Evolution also is of faith. Sir Julian Huxley said, “I suppose the reason why we leapt at “The Origin of Species” was that the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores.” … George Wald, a Nobel Prize-winning evolutionist, said, “I will not accept creation philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible.”
We see that Huxley “quote” all the time, and we discussed it once before — it may be a Henry Morris fabrication. But even if it’s accurate, all it tells us is the motivation of Thomas Huxley’s grandson, which means nothing.
The Wald quote is new to us, but we found it where the letter-writer likely also saw it. The thing appears in Conservapedia, and it’s also in this article from WorldNetDaily — which also has the Huxley “quote” so it’s likely to be the preacher’s source. We prefer rational sources, so we also checked in TalkOrigins’ excellent Quote Mine Project. They have a long article on it, and conclude that “The quote is a complete fabrication.”
Creationism is a religion of life while evolution is a religion of death. Evolution necessarily requires the death of the less evolved species. This is known as “survival of the fittest.”
Hey, Mr. Preacher-man, if evolution “necessarily requires the death of the less evolved species,” then tell us: Why are there still monkeys? Gotcha there, don’t we? Here’s more:
Joseph Stalin went to a Christian school until he read Darwin’s book and became an atheist. He went on to kill between 60 and 100 million of his own people.
There seems to be no particle of stupid that this preacher leaves out of his letter. Hey, Mr. Preacher-man, Darwin was a Victorian-era capitalist. We know it’s difficult for you to read your Curmudgeon’s blog, what with your head so inconveniently … ah, encolonized, but in Marx, Stalin, and Darwin we said:
Was Stalin a follower of Darwin’s work? No, he actually opposed it. This man, not Darwin, was Stalin’s biologist: Trofim Denisovich Lysenko. Stalin’s biologist was definitely an anti-Darwinian. And a crack-pot.
Moving along in the preacher’s letter:
While I have only begun to indict the theory of evolution, which has made no positive contribution to science, I hope you will begin to question what we are teaching our children. Do we even need to teach theories of the origin of the universe in public schools? Can we not just teach science and let each parent and each child decide what to believe?
We could have a lot of fun with that paragraph, but why spoil it for you? Let’s skip that and go right to the letter’s end:
In closing, I would like to ask those who believe in evolution this simple question, “If evolution is true, how do we determine right from wrong?”
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
The preacher’s closing question is a real clincher. It explains one of the greatest problems in society: Why do so many biology majors end up as serial killers?
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