Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Quad-City Times located in Davenport, Iowa. The letter is titled Don’t believe Bill Nye, the evolution guy. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis.
We usually omit the writer’s name and city, but we’re making an exception this time. The author of today’s letter is Helmut Welke, president of the Quad City Creation Science Association. Here’s his page at their website. He’s from Bettendorf, Iowa (the other Quad Cities are Davenport, Iowa and the Illinois cities of Moline, East Moline, and Rock Island) Okay, here we go:
Science educator and TV personality Bill Nye recently insulted parents by saying that if you believe in creation, you should not teach it to your children.
We know. See Bill Nye Blasts Creationism. Helmut’s letter continues:
Actually, we should teach everyone the truth about Darwinism.
And what might that be? Hold on, dear reader, here it comes:
There is no evidence for evolution in the fossil record, and DNA shows us it is impossible.
Gasp! Our teachers lied to us! Let’s read on:
Instead, Nye wants to censor the facts because the evolutionary “story” is falling apart. The evidence used to prop up evolution is either fraudulent or simple natural selection, which is real and was not discovered by Darwin.
Oh no — even Darwin lied to us! The letter continues:
It was a known concept written about by creationists in the 1830s. He extrapolated the concept into a myth about all living things coming from a common ancestor. Biologists know that natural selection selects existing information and never creates new information. The late evolutionist JS Gould of Harvard admitted that.
This is crushing news. All this time we’ve imagined that natural selection runs around creating information. How could we have been so wrong? Here’s more:
Nye does not want children to think for themselves. He throws a red herring, insinuating creationists cannot do science. How patently false.
You know what’s coming now — the usual list of scientists who mostly were pre-Darwin. He’s got a couple of 20th Century guys too — but they weren’t biologists. Here ya’ go:
History shows great achievements occur when research is done in the context of acknowledging the Creator. Newton, Faraday, Pasteur, Maxwell, von Braun and Damadian (inventor of the MRI) were or are creationists
We’ve seen the list before, but ya’ know … we’ve never seen a single thing mentioned that any of those guys — or anyone else! — did which depends on creationism as a working theory. Ah well, moving along:
Nye is an avowed atheist and promotes his own faith in random chance. If Nye wants to believe that worms can morph into T. rexes, trees, giraffes and people, let him, but don’t teach this fairy tale as if it is a fact.
Worms don’t morph into trees? Egad — we feel like a fool! And now we come to the end. Whaddaya know — the letter-writer issues a challenge:
Hey, Quad-City Times, how about arranging a public debate with Dr. Hagar or Dr. Legg? Anyone interested?
Who are those guys? Probably biologists at a local university. If so, we hope they have the good sense to ignore the opportunity to debate with Helmut.
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