Our last post about a self-published genius was Another Self-Published Genius Disproves Darwin, and that links to several others in this series. The usual creationist with a vanity press book promotes his writings by paying for a press release.
Today’s genius has taken a different approach. He’s written a letter-to-the-editor titled Let children hear evolution debate, which appears in the Advocate, the major newspaper in Louisiana’s capitol city of Baton Rouge. We learned about it from “Bayou Boy,” one of our clandestine operatives
It doesn’t matter for our purposes whether it’s a letter-to-the-editor or a press release about a self-published book which we assume no traditional publisher would touch. It’s all the same to us. Creationism is endlessly amusing, wherever we find it.
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. We will disclose, however, that the author claims to be a law professor in Louisiana, and we think (but we’re not certain) that this is his website. It’s the right name, occupation, and city. If there are two of them and we’ve found the wrong one, well … we apologize. Okay, here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:
Children deserve to hear both sides of the evolution debate. To expose them to only one side constitutes an establishment of religion: the religion of atheism.
Evolution is “the religion of atheism.” We’re off to a great start. What else does this letter-writer have to offer? Next he repeats what is widely known as Hoyle’s fallacy. You know how that goes — Hoyle said: “The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way is comparable to the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.”
Most of this guy’s letter is concerned with that brilliant concept. Then he says:
The theory I accept is that evolution is the process by which God creates life, exercising His mind over matter and speeding up the process at the quantum level several millionfold.
Wow — “mind over matter.” That’s good! And he said “quantum” — that means he’s really smart. Right at the end he plugs his book:
I touch upon this in my book, “The Universe and Multiple Reality” (New York, iUniverse Press).
Here’s the publisher’s website: iUniverse, which informs us:
iUniverse has helped more than 30,000 authors publish their books professionally and affordably. Since 1999, we have crafted a reputation for breaking records and blazing new trails in the self-publishing industry.
Blazing new trails? We agree that something seems to be flaming, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to say what that is.
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