We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Evolution evidence keeps disappearing, which we found at a website called This is Exeter, apparently operated by the Exeter Express and Echo, which is owned by Northcliffe Media in the UK. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and 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:
As to evolution being “evidence based”, unfortunately the “evidence” has a nasty habit of disappearing. At the famous Scopes “Monkey Trial” in 1925 an eminent scientist declared in court that there were more than 80 residual organs in the human body, relics of evolution that served no purpose.
That’s interesting. However, at the Scopes trial, the only “expert” that Darrow was allowed to use was William Jennings Bryan. Well, there was also Maynard Metcalf, but much of his testimony was kept from the jury, and he didn’t testify about vestigial organs. (Your Curmudgeon has a transcript of the trial, and we’ve read Metcalf’s testimony.) The other experts that Darrow planned to use weren’t allowed to testify, so they submitted their statements in writing, as a proffer to be used on appeal. One of them (Fay Cooper Cole) briefly mentioned a couple of vestigial organs, such as the muscles behind our ears. There was no list of 80 organs. The jury never heard that material anyway.
Let’s read on from today’s letter:
History has a habit of repeating itself. At the time of the mapping of the Genome Project, scientists were confidently declaring that some 80 per cent of human DNA was “junk” – that it had a purpose back in our “evolutionary” past but was now redundant. However, in the last few years, this “junk DNA” has been disappearing before their eyes as other scientists have progressively discovered its purpose.
Oh dear. The letter-writer has been reading Discoveroid propaganda. See Casey’s Crusade Against Junk DNA. We continue:
None of this will shake the faith of true believers in evolution, the votaries around the shrine of Darwin, like your correspondents, but it is surely right that our children should know that today’s latest discovery is often tomorrow’s junk science and that both sides of every argument should be studied.
Yeah, okay. Here’s the last of it:
Finally, while the evidences of God are all around us, no one will discover Him with a test-tube or a microscope. He is found by prayer and the study of His word, and His promise is, “You will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
Our British readers can be proud. Their creationists are just as good as the American variety. Maybe even better.
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