Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the title is It’s evolution that’s based on faith. 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; but we’ll tell you this much — after his name it says: “educator.” Okay, here we go:
Many local papers carried an AP story decrying the fact that some charter schools would teach creationism and challenge evolution. God forbid! I mean Big Bang forbid!
Creationist sarcasm is always so clever. But that was just the start. The letter continues:
The critics always point to evolution as a “scientific fact” and argue that creationism is a religious theory. I beg to differ. You don’t have to be an MIT graduate to understand that the belief that nothing blew up and created a single-cell amoeba that over billions of years became a monkey then a man is not a scientific fact. It is not provable nor does it even follow the basic laws of science.
The educator then educates us about those basic laws of science:
The laws of physics teach us that the Earth and every thing in it are in a state of entropy (decline), not evolving upward.
Ah yes — the classic creationist mangling of the Second Law. He continues:
Secondly, the fossil record which would have millions of transitional fossils (half bird, half fish) as Darwin purported is completely bankrupt of any, much less a “missing link.”
Hey, he’s right — no one has ever found a fish-bird fossil! Here’s more:
I often ask people to look at anything in a room (table, clock, TV, stove) and tell me if there is any chance that thing just “happened.” The answer is always, “No, somebody made that.” Yet the professors of wisdom want us to believe that a tree or a human body that is a trillion times more complex just happened!
That’s a rather primitive presentation of William Paley’s pre-Darwin watchmaker analogy. Then he wraps it all up with a powerful bit of scripture:
The Bible sums it up in the book of Romans, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”
Although the letter-writer is a self-described educator who says you’re a fool, don’t be insulted, dear reader. He lives in Louisiana.
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