Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Reflector of Greenville, North Carolina. It’s titled Evolution now treated as religion. 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:
When I was growing up, it was called the theory of evolution. Now it is called evolution and is presented by the media and many of the scholarly to be an accepted scientific fact.
Yes, it’s one of those sneaky terminology-switching conspiracies we’ve been gradually implementing in order to manipulate the minds of the masses, but the letter-writer is astute enough to have noticed. She continues:
The scientific method starts with a hypothesis and then finds data to back up that hypothesis. If there are other data that does [sic] not back the hypothesis, the investigator is supposed to consider the possibility that the original hypothesis is flawed or incomplete. I believe evolution is treated more like a religion than science.
We’ve seen worse definitions, but the process doesn’t begin with an hypothesis. It’s only in theology (or maybe sociology) that doctrines pop out of the air, independent of facts. To the letter-writer’s credit, however, she didn’t babble about theories morphing into laws. Let’s read on:
Where are the fossils of the incremental stages from a one-cell organism to the marvelous human body?
No credit for that one — except for originality. This is the first time we’ve seen a demand for transitional fossils going back to the amoeba. We continue:
Recently scientists are re-evaluating their theory about DNA. At first scientists thought that only 20 percent of DNA was useful. Now the percentage is up to more than 50 percent. Many think further study will increase that percentage. In addition, the DNA has at least three levels of complexity. A single cell is not simple.
The theory of DNA is being re-evaluated? We didn’t know that, and we’re not sure about those “three levels of complexity.” All we can figure out from that paragraph is that the letter-writer doesn’t like it when more is learned and textbooks change.
Get ready now, because here comes the good stuff:
One of the tenets of the evolution religion is that mankind is getting better and better. Where is the evidence of that?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This really is an original letter. Moving along:
Here I am referring to human relationships. If you look through history across all cultures, you see examples of envy, hate, robbery, brutal killings, etc. [Skipping more of the same.] I do not think we have evolved into better beings.
She’s right. The persistence of creationism is proof that we’re not getting better, and our lack of progress disproves evolution. Egad — there’s no way out of this! Ah, we’re coming to the end:
My main point is to try to direct those who accept evolution as absolute truth to begin questioning their views. Maybe you will not be so quick to condemn those who do not agree with you.
She’s talking to you, dear reader. Don’t be so quick to condemn those who question your absolute truth.
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