Today’s letter-to-the-editor is a bit of an oddity. This is the first time we’ve ever seen a letter-to-the-editor with an Associated Press byline. Perhaps the author of today’s letter is the AP’s guy in Muskogee, Oklahoma, which could explain why his letter appeared in the Muskogee Phoenix.
We know that the AP doesn’t like their material copied by bloggers, and we want to respect their property rights to this precious prose. Therefore, instead of our usual practice of excerpting paragraphs, we’ll just give you a list of the letter’s creationist clunkers — of which there are many.
The letter is titled Schools teach a foolish evolutionary lie. We almost always omit the writer’s name and city, but we won’t do that this time. The letter-writer is Joshua Ashwood of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, who presumably has some connection to the Associated Press. Okay, here we go:
The letter begins by saying that the public school system “despises God and his word” and thus it wants to teach “the foolish evolutionary lie.” So we’re off to a good start.
Atwood claims he’s been studying the “science of origins” all his life, and he’s also published a science magazine — but its name isn’t given. Those are the qualifications he offers for the opinions which follow.
First he mentions James Ussher who is famous for developing the Ussher chronology about the age of the earth, concluding that the first day of creation began at nightfall preceding Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC. Atwood claims that: “No one honestly studying these chronologies has been able to disprove this.” That’s probably true; we don’t doubt that Ussher gave an accurate account of the scriptural chronology.
Then he says that the theory of evolution is “a thin web of lies and deceit.” He mentions Haeckel’s drawings and Nebraska Man, and he claims that there are no transitional fossils. (In the Index to Creationist Claims, see Haeckel faked his pictures, and also see Nebraska Man. In Wikipedia, see List of transitional fossils.)
But Atwood isn’t done yet. Then he claims that scientists use circular reasoning when dating things (see The Lessons of Tiktaalik). He doesn’t like carbon dating — especially for things millions of years old [Aaaargh!!] and he tosses in the second law of thermodynamics and the mantra that “something never comes from nothing.”
And that’s not all. He argues that a “day” in Genesis is a real, 24-hour day, and Adam’s fall was real. Then — at the climax of the letter — he gives us the best argument we’ve ever encountered. He says that if there were millions of years of evolution, then “Christ would be part monkey.”
This is one of the best creationists letters we’ve ever seen, and although we could only give you a summary, and you’ll have to click over to the Muskogee Phoenix to read it, we’re grateful to Associated Press for bringing us what may be their official journalistic position.
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