Creationist Wisdom #203: Dawkins and Perry

This one is a follow-up to something we posted a week ago. That was Three on Rick Perry: Dawkins, Cal Thomas, & Biola, in which we discussed three articles about Rick Perry’s creationism. In one of them, Richard Dawkins referred to Perry as an uneducated fool, and he also said:

Evolution is a fact, as securely established as any in science, and he who denies it betrays woeful ignorance and lack of education, which likely extends to other fields as well.

That column was widely reprinted around the country, and today we have a response in the form of a letter-to-the-editor appearing in the Concord Monitor, published in Concord, the state capital of New Hampshire. The Monitor had reprinted Dawkins’ column, and as you will see, creationism isn’t confined to places like Texas and Louisiana. It extends all the way to New Hampshire.

Today’s letter is titled Evolution? This writer sure didn’t prove 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. Here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis. It begins by mentioning Dawkins’ column:

As an uneducated fool who needs to be enlightened, I expected to find Richard Dawkins’s words to be an explanation of evolution.

It’s not enough that Dawkins has taught the subject all his life, and has written best-selling books for the lay public which are readily available. The letter-writer “expected” Dawkins to teach him all about evolution in one newspaper column. Let’s read on:

While Dawkins briefly mentioned Charles Darwin and natural selection, he didn’t reveal evidence that explains why, when and how life began in first place.

Aaaargh!! Evolution should explain “why, when, and how” life began. The letter continues:

Neither did Dawkins address the important issue: If evolution is a fact, why isn’t it ongoing right now? Why aren’t orangutans evolving the ability to write words, do math, build roads, bridges or fly to the stars?

Yes, that’s “the important issue.” Dawkins is obviously a fool! Here’s more:

Adaptation doesn’t meld into another species. He can cite all the DNA evidence he wants. Just because a table has four legs doesn’t make it a horse and doesn’t make it become one.

Aaaargh!! Well, at least that’s original. Moving along:

The ability to read, ‘rite, and do ‘rithamtic came fully formed in humans, humans that appeared suddenly only after the last ice age 15,000 years ago. That is a fact.

We’ve never seen a creationist make that claim before. It’s a bit fuzzy, however. Is he saying that Adam & Eve were doing math in the Garden of Eden? Why — were they counting dinosaurs? Well, never mind. Here’s the end, with the letter-writer’s political message — we think it’s a defense of Perry:

Calling Perry names doesn’t support Dawkins’s claim that evolution is a fact.

So there you are, dear reader. Remember — just because a table has four legs doesn’t make it a horse. That’s something we may include on the final exam.

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9 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #203: Dawkins and Perry

  1. just because a table has four legs doesn’t make it a horse.

    Daniel O’Connell on the Duke of Wellington: “The poor old Duke! what shall I say of him? To be sure he was born in Ireland, but being born in a stable does not make a man a horse. “

  2. The ability to read, ‘rite, and do ‘rithamtic came fully formed in humans,
    This suggests a new argument:
    If both reading and writing evolved, then which evolved first?
    So, there, you darwinists!

  3. The ability to read, ‘rite, and do ‘rithamtic came fully formed in humans

    Apparently it came more fully formed in some humans than others.

  4. l don’t think the writer understands what the word “meld” means.

  5. Is a sawhorse a horse? It must be; it has 4 legs…

  6. Funny, I heard that “intelligence appeared 15,000 years ago” from my wingnut buddy too.

    Apparently there is an alternate half-creationist theory: Evolution is false, because, up to “15,000” years ago, humans were only cavemen devoid of self-consciousness.
    And then suddenly, “15,000” years ago, God appeared to them, and bestowed them intelligence and Decency, just as it is explained in the Holy Bible.
    So Evolution is a just-so-story, a made up “theory”.
    I’m not sure how they established the “15,000” number. Maybe they needed some leeway over the “6000” one.

  7. Hey, at least the comments at The Monitor beat the hell out of any random sampling of the comments on most papers’ websites following similar stories!

  8. He’s got evidence of 15,000 year old writing? Somehow I doubt it. Unless they are counting cave art as writing.

  9. interesting… if reading comes to us fully formed, why do most of us need to go to school and have classes on the subject for several years? why is the average literacy level in the US at the sixth grade? things that make you go hmm….