Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the San Angelo Standard-Times of San Angelo, Texas. The letter is titled Endless questions about evolution turn Big Bang theory into big bust. 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:
After reading the following, you will see why it is stupid and illiterate to think that evolution should be part of any test for high school graduation, anymore than creation by an invisible creator, God. Evolution is an unproven theory that is still not taken for an absolute truth even by those scientists who profess to be evolutionists.
The letter-writer should have ended that paragraph with the word “illiterate.” Stay with us, you’ll understand. He continues:
If evolution had started the way scientists claim, then how is it possible for them to predict coming events with over 90 percent accuracy unless all things were created on a master’s plan and timetable?
Did you understand that? Neither did we. Let’s read on:
It’s a fact that some people, including astronomers and others in the “scientific fields,” believe in the Big Bang theory that something came from nothingness. This theory alludes to the fact that out in the “void of space” there was absolutely nothing.
Did you like the way he put “scientific fields” in scare quotes? Anyway, the next few paragraphs are like a pre-school child’s coloring-book account of the origin of the universe — the home-school version, of course. We’ll skip most of it — it’s too silly even for one of these letters — but his Big Bang description ends with this:
On one of these chunks of debris (later to be called Earth) there happened to somehow generate a sea of slime where, hundreds of millions of years ago, a one-celled speck of protoplasm spontaneously came into being (a living thing) in this void. Then this speck self-generated and multiplied, finally separating into all sorts of abnormal creatures. These creatures then evolved, by natural selection, into the higher animates [sic] and vertebrates, including humankind, both male and female.
So we’re descended from “a sea of slime” that produced “all sorts of abnormal creatures” that evolved into us. Okay, we continue:
The Big Bang sounds plausible because everything out there is moving around just as if they had been thrown there, like the ripples on a lake from a stone, with one exception: These ripples would have kept moving in one outward direction, but astronomy has proved the things in the universe are going in hundreds of different directions.
Good point! It would be a great point if it weren’t for — cough, cough — gravity. The next part is our favorite:
Have you ever seen a glass bowl or dry mud ball drop and break, or the results of an explosion? None of the pieces formed are round or uniform in size. Yet the evolutionists claim that this is the way the universe came into existence. So I ask: Why are all the planets and stars round instead of odd-shaped and ragged?
We love it when we come across an original argument! Well, dear reader — why are the planets and stars round? Admit it — you’re stumped! Here’s another argument we haven’t seen before:
Evolution teaches that man evolved from the ape family, yet it is impossible for humanoids, male or female, to breed with any anthropoid, male or female.
If all things evolved from something else, why is it impossible for dogs and cats to breed, pigs with sheep, horses with cows or bull gorillas with human women?
We love this letter! But wait — there’s more: In between those last excerpts there was this:
Here is another unanswered question: If evolution is the act of slowly turning one thing into that or another, where are all the hundreds of thousands of fossil skeletons that are 50-50 connecting forms of evolution, the missing links that would prove the theory of evolution is even a tiny bit true?
A letter like this wouldn’t be complete without the claim that there are no transitional fossils. And he’s right! Well, except for this well-known List of transitional fossils.
The letter ends with four mined quotes. We won’t bother with them, but you can if you like. We’re done. Great letter!
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