The USA has no monopoly on creationism. We are pleased to bring you an article from the Windsor Star, a newspaper in Windsor, Ontario, the southernmost city in Canada.
This splendid column, or letter-to-the-editor — or something — is titled Evolution column stirs debate. It’s a response to Unenlightenment worn proudly, like a badge, by Janice Kennedy, which that same paper published a week ago. The earlier article had said:
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and host of a Fox News talk show, is an evangelical Christian fundamentalist, and a creationist. As governor, he supported teaching creationism in schools — and not as allegory. Kids should know the world was created in six days, right?
And Sarah (“Drill-baby-drill”) Palin is also keen on creationism in schools — not to mention blurring the line between church and state, according to her new book.
Provocative stuff! We’ll give you some excerpts from today’s response to that earlier item, with bold font added by us. Here we go:
To summarize [the earlier article], the Internet enables flat earth, conservative creationists (read Christians) such as Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, a podium to showcase their stupidity.
Today’s author isn’t particularly defending Huckabee and Palin, but rather their creationism. Let’s read on:
Bearing in mind that Darwin was neither a scientist nor a biologist but enough of an intellectual giant to propose a theory which Miss Kennedy is willing to put her faith in, I would love for her to sit down and explain to me in exact terms, not generalities, how evolution works.
He could take the time to read any of the multitude of well-written texts on the subject, but besides requiring effort, he knows that it would be a waste of his valuable time. Behold:
Which came first, the mouth or the stomach, the heart or the circulatory system it feeds? Think about it. How is it possible for a creature to evolve into male and female with perfectly compatible male and female sex organs at the same point in time and have the whole thing work?
Hey — that’s really great! Here’s one more excerpt:
The odds of this alone happening would keep Johannes Kepler the brilliant mathematician and, oh yes, creationist, busy for decades were he still alive and make a believer in evolution look “resolutely dopey.”
Johannes Kepler? He died in 1630. That was a wee bit before 1859, when Darwin published Origin of Species. No doubt Kepler was a creationist, as was everyone else in his day. Wikipedia says that Kepler was also an astrologer. He did some very notable work on planetary motion, but this is the first time we’ve seen his name used in an argument against the theory of evolution.
Now you’ll need to click over to the Windsor Star to read the whole thing for yourself. You really should, because unless you keep up with the latest creationist arguments, how can you hope to defend your position?
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