Creationist Wisdom #162: Louisiana Lawyer

We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Evolution: Plagiarism of God’s great work, which appears in the Shreveport Times, published in Shreveport, Louisiana. It’s about the Louisiana biology book imbroglio, about which we last posted here: Louisiana Approves Biology Textbooks.

The letter-writer says he’s a lawyer, so you won’t be disappointed. We’ll copy just a few excerpts from his letter, because newspapers are getting touchy about such things. You’ll have to click over to the Shreveport Times and read it all for yourself. Let’s get started, with a bit of added bold font for emphasis:

I enjoyed reading young Zack Kopplin’s article (in Tuesday’s Times) urging the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s vote to use evolution-based textbooks.

He’s referring to this: La. students need proper scientific textbooks without creationism. The letter continues:

The real issue is that Zack’s religion of evolution also is based on faith. Faith simply means trusting in something you cannot see. While everyone believes in natural selection, an evolutionist believes in a “molecules to man” theory to explain the life within all living matter. It is a hypothesis impatiently waiting on facts and masquerading as a theory. It is hardly in the category of gravity.

You can see where this is going. Anyone who refers to the theory of evolution as a “religion” and who uses the expression “molecules to man” probably gets all of his information from creationist websites. We read on:

I would challenge Zack to a few questions

What follows are the letter-writer’s questions which he imagines will stump everyone who has ever studied evolutionary biology. We’ll give you just the first of them:

What evolved first, mammalian bone marrow or bones? Were hollowed-out femur bones simply sitting around and bone marrow crawled into them, or was bone marrow sitting on the ground making red blood cells and the femur formed around it?

You get the idea. Here’s the letter’s conclusion:

Evolution is just another instance of plagiarism of God’s great work.

As you can see, everything’s up to date in Louisiana.

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8 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #162: Louisiana Lawyer

  1. I greatly appreciate this, and hopefully the Shreveport Times will publish my response to his foolishness.

  2. Be careful, Zack. That guy has some really tough questions. Hey, which did come first — the marrow or the bone?

    I assume you’ve already done your response, so I’m just babbling here. Personally, I don’t think a response that deals substantively with that guy’s questions is either necessary or appropriate. Even if a team of biologists took the time to answer his questions, he’d just come back with something like: “Which came first, the toe or the toe-nail?”

    He’s free to believe as he wishes. But he’s also an excellent example of why science texts should be written by people who know science, and why decisions about a school’s science curriculum should be made by people who understand what they’re doing. Those who want to teach their own children about the “bone-marrow god” have the freedom to do so; but they have no right to force their beliefs on anyone else.

  3. All science so far…

  4. I’ve talked to Ken Miller about my response, and then I will hammer home we’re not playing the stupid game about well… you can answer this, can you answer that?

  5. Zack says: “I’ve talked to Ken Miller about my response …”

    Forget what I said before. You’re in good hands with Miller.

  6. Good luck, Zack. You have at least one more supporter here.

  7. In his blog Thoughts in a Haystack, John Pieret mentions the same creationist letter, and mentions that the NeuroDojo blog had covered that question after Don McLeroy of Texas blabbed the same thing in the Times:

    “Take bones,” he says, offering a brief description of the collagen and amino acids in bones as an example of biological complexity. “Intuitively people have a tough time thinking nothing guided this. Are we supposed to believe that all of a sudden, say on April 1, five million years ago, the first bone appeared? The question is, how did evolution do this, and the evolutionists have been painted into a corner. They don’t even have a clue. How did that first piece of bone get there?”

    Here is NeuroDojo’s answer:

  8. This lawyer might be the perfect reason why Louisiana desperately needs to approve good books in science. The letter should be used to support the decision to use the right books in biology.