Creationist Wisdom #226: The Cost of Evolution

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Standard-Examiner of Ogden, Utah. The letter is titled Theory of evolution has taken God out of lives. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:

I remember attending elementary school in the ’50s and learning world history, the creation of the world and that Adam and Eve were our first parents.

Sounds like a happy childhood and a great education. What happened then? The letter continues:

Then in the ’60s came the requirement to learn Darwin’s theory of evolution. I personally considered it to be quite stupid. Man evolving from a monkey? The question not asked: What is the cost of this theory?

Well, what’s the cost? Let’s read on:

I can certainly look back and realize that the cost has been catastrophic. The entire purpose of the theory of evolution was to diminish the value of God in our lives.

Catastrophic! We continue:

If we find an alternative to God, then we can remove ourselves from living the Ten Commandments.

Oh no! Because of Darwin we’ll be committing adultery and perjury on the sabbath! Here’s more:

During the last 40 years there has been a continuous downgrading of our own personal responsibility. We find ourselves being contronted [sic] by a government that is in the process of removing our freedoms. People today look to the government as if it was a god to take care of their every need.

Darwin is responsible for the welfare state! Moving along:

Today we have the results of Roe vs Wade where more that 45 million unborn children have been slaughtered in the name of women’s rights. We have homosexuals proclaiming their right to get married. With the removal of God in our lives, homosexuality has been labeled normal. It is not normal!

Abortion! Homosexuality! Gay marriage! It’s all Darwin’s fault! Here’s how the letter ends:

We now find ourselves being at the precipice of self-destruction because of desires for self satisfaction. It is time to bring God back into the schools and our lives.

Darwin has brought us to the precipice! Repent before it’s too late!

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10 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #226: The Cost of Evolution

  1. What is the cost of believing in the atomic theory? That one has already demonstrated its catastrophic potential. Time to stop believing in atoms. Stop teaching our children about atoms!

  2. The writer brings up a good point. Since the removal of god from the classroom (as he puts it) in the 60’s, women and minorities have gained equal rights in almost all sectors of society, women gained the right to control their own reproduction, disabled people have gained access to public spaces and other rights, and today non-heterosexual folks are rapidly gaining equal rights to marriage and divorce court.

    Of course, the writer considers himself to be under a government that is “in the process of removing our freedoms”, all because of the theory of evolution. Darwin would be proud.

  3. What does “contronted” mean? Perhaps the writer spent more time in religion class than in spelling class.

  4. I think all this mindless ranting from folks like this, that Darwin=Hitler, or Darwin=all they see as evil, says more about them than about the TOE. It speaks volumes about their ignorance of it, to begin with, and then seems like projection on their part to assume the absolute worst about a scientific theory that has absolutely nothing to do with any of their fevered imaginings. They’re not really saying Hitler used “Darwinism”- most of them know that’s indefensible on historical grounds. What they’re saying is “if I were Hitler, I would have used Darwinism like this.” Not to mention that none of this says anything at all about whether evolution is a fact or not- even when they seem, tacitly, to accept this, it’s only to use it as a scapegoat for the things they fear. The theories are based on facts and evidence- the interpretations of them are not subject to that stringent requirement. Poolio, above, has already pointed out one analogous case that is a lot less tenuous than the Darwin=Hitler (or gay marriage- fer cryin’ out loud, folks, get a grip) connection. But since atomic theory has no objectionable religious implications (yet), the connection is not made.

  5. It started WAY before that …

    “Many were increasingly of the opinion that they’d all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans.” — Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  6. @aturingtest: atomic theory has no objectionable religious implications

    Atomic theory, as for example in the West in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, was long considered to be materialism and atheism. Of course, just about nobody cares about that now.

  7. Poolio, it’s not the atoms that are the problem, it’s all the destructive energy released into reality from the supernatural world when the angels holding the electrons in their shells get called away to save some poor sap from jumping off an old bridge at Xmas time.

    Did I just hear a bell?

  8. Stargazer, I think that’s from the “Palin Home Dictionary, 2010 Edition.”

  9. Christine Janis

    I find it interesting that “Darwinism” was no problem at all for 100 years, and then only became a problem for society after the writer heard about it. These people think the entire world revolves around *them*.

  10. Catastrophic isn’t really a cost, unless it’s $catastrophic.