We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Evolution is a belief, not a science and certainly not fact, which appears in the Shreveport Times of Shreveport, Louisiana. Newspapers are getting touchy about bloggers copying their contents, so we’ll give you only a few excerpts from this letter. As we usually do, we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go, with a bit of added bold font for emphasis:
The common theory of evolution states that there was matter and energy, already in existence, that exploded 15 billion years ago (the big bang) and has expanded into the present state of the universe.
It takes a world-class genius to summarize the whole theory of evolution so succinctly. Let’s read on:
Even Charles Darwin acknowledged the inadequacy of evolution when he wrote, “To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.” (Darwin, 1872).
Hey — Darwin rejected his own theory! Who knew?
In case you’re stunned and reeling from the letter-writer’s revelation, we’ve devoted an entire post to that particular creationist “quote.” See Evolution of the Eye.
But today we won’t stop with merely putting that quote in context. We have been so deeply moved by the spirit of quote-mining that we now offer some similar scholarship of our own, which we hope today’s letter-writer will accept in the true spirit of creationist fellowship. This is from the King James Version of the Good Book:
Thou shalt … commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14). Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep (Exodus 22:30).
See? Anyone can play the quote-mining game — and it’s fun! We continue now with more of the letter-writer’s wisdom:
Everyone has heard the term “missing link” so many times that we tend to forget what it really says to us. Fossils that could show the evolution of any one original kind of life into any one new kind of life are — missing!
Gasp! The missing link is missing! The letter-writer has penetrated to the very core of the global Darwinist conspiracy and has exposed our greatest secret. We’re doomed!
There are more creationist goodies in today’s letter, and we know you don’t want to miss any of them. Click over to the Shreveport Times to enjoy the full experience. We’ll leave you with this one last excerpt:
[Evolution] is a belief. Anyone can believe anything they want, but that doesn’t make it true.
Wise words indeed!
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