These things are coming in clusters. Today’s letter-to-the-editor (like the one we wrote about in Creationist Wisdom #380) appears in the Columbia County News-Times of Evans, Georgia, a suburb of Augusta. It’s probably also a response to the same earlier letter, about poll results showing that Republicans are becoming more creationist than before. This one is titled More faith required for evlolution than intelligent design. Yes, the newspaper misspelled “evolution” as “evlolution.”
We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians or otherwise in the public eye), so we usually omit the writer’s name and city. But this time we’re making an exception. This letter was written by Clarence Barinowski, from Appling.
It could be a coincidence, but a man by that same name is the President and founder of the Good News Network, described at their website as “comprised of 12 radio stations and 13 radio translators/repeaters that extend throughout the southeast, covering communities in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and now, Alabama and Mississippi.” It was “the first full-time Christian station in the Augusta, Georgia market.” Their website gives contact information with an address in Appling, Georgia, which is the name of the town where the letter-writer lives. We assume that we’re dealing with the same man.
We’ll give you a few excerpts from Barinowski’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
I think it is safe to say Republicans don’t have a problem with science. But regardless of the political affiliation, many thinking people have a problem with evolutionary explanations about the origin of the universe or life, and in particular about its claims concerning the source of the diversity of life.
Yes, it’s “safe” to say that, but is it true? We think it’s correct to say that the percentage of evolution-deniers is considerably greater among Republicans than among Democrats, but there are creationists in both parties. We assume that what Barinowski is really saying here is that denying evolution isn’t the same thing as denying science, because — in his mind — evolution isn’t science. He then says:
Contrary to your boilerplate response that any questioning of evolution must be “religious” in nature, the reality is that greater and greater “faith” is required in evolution to believe in its ability to accomplish what it is credited with doing. You may be mindlessly accepting the scientific establishment’s dogma that given enough time and chances “life will find a way.” (That may be a clever and popular cliché, but please remember it’s from the first Jurassic Park movie – not exactly the best source of real scientific information.)
Huh? Our acceptance of evolution comes from a movie? Perhaps that’s the way it is in the areas served by Barinowski’s Good News Network. Let’s read on:
Have you read anything (say even in the last 20 months) related to the new discoveries being made in genetics or paleontology? The whole evolutionary concept of junk DNA has been wiped away by the research called “the ENCODE Project,” a follow-up to the Human Genome Project.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s what the Discoveroids are claiming. We wrote about that in The Intelligent Designer’s Latest Triumph. Barinowski continues:
Have you heard about all the soft organic tissue that is now frequently being found in supposedly 65 million year or older partially fossilized dinosaur bones?
Lordy, lordy — that old clunker again. It’s a wild misinterpretation of the work of Mary Schweitzer — see TalkOrigins Claim CC371, and see also Dino Blood Redux, by Gary Hurd. Here’s more from the letter:
The fact that more people are questioning evolution indicates that more people are actually reading and learning what’s happening in modern scientific research these days, instead of getting their science education from movies.
Indeed, many people seem to be getting their information from creationist websites — and creationist radio stations too. Not only that, but such “information” is frequently published in newspapers, in the form of letters to the editor. It’s a strange state of affairs for a viewpoint that constantly claims it’s being censored. Moving along:
To see for yourself the number of highly trained and prominent scientists who have in agreement, signed the following statement, “we are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.” Check out the list at http://www.dissentfromdarwin.org. I really doubt they’re all Republicans.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s the pathetic list maintained by the Discoveroids, about which we just wrote in NCSE’s “Project Steve” Now Has 1,300 Steves.
The letter ends with a plug for Barinowski’s local radio station:
You could tune your radio to 91.7 and hear Scripture on Creation every Saturday at 5 p.m.
In closing, we’ve seen that creationists at the Discovery Institute are always complaining about censorship. We don’t know if any of Barinowski’s radio stations carry Discoveroid Michael Medved’s show (some probably do), but we don’t see any signs of censorship here.
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