Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website of the High Point Enterprise of High Point, North Carolina. It’s titled Show me your evidence of evolution. We always look for titles like that, and when we find one it’s always a winner.
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 letter is an exception. It was written by Robert L. Youngblood, chairman of the Randolph County TEA Party. Youngblood lives in Trinity, a city in Randolph County, North Carolina.
We’ll give you a few excerpts from today’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
Dr. Mark Venable, in a resent guest column, wrote approximately 500 words stating “Evolution theory is backed by much evidence,” but there was not one piece of evidence provided. This is a tactic used by liberals today when they do not have the facts to back up their accusations.
A tactic “used by liberals”? We can’t find that earlier column, but it doesn’t matter. Venable’s column isn’t the only “liberal” claim today’s letter-writer is upset about. Here’s another:
Dr. Atkinson, of the department of public instruction used this strategy when asked by Lt Gov. Dan Forest, about the common core curriculum. She referred him to, in over ten thousand pages, thousands of web pages and articles without ever stating her own knowledge of the curriculum and directly answering his questions. That has a flavor of, “we must pass it to find out what’s in it.”
Today’s letter-writer is a no-nonsense kind of guy. If you make a claim, you’d better be ready to back it up. And if you don’t, then you’re nothing but a gull-durned librul! Let’s read on:
A favorite communist trick is, “it is not the evidence you have but what your enemy thinks you have.” I challenge this professor, or any other professor, to provide one, just one, piece of the so-called millions of pieces of evidence he claims that prove evolution’s existence. It cannot be done, for in fact, evolution is a religion that requires faith.
Aaaargh!! Liberals, commies, and evolutionists! We continue:
Creation science is based on solid empirical evidence, for we can demonstrate, observe and verify the proof. It is quite foolish to state otherwise.
Your Curmudgeon, who is not what today’s culture considers a liberal — and certainly not a commie — is screaming: Hey, Tea Party boy — show us your evidence for creation science! Get ready, dear reader, that’s coming next:
Dogs produce dogs and cats cats; I don’t remember seeing a DAT!
Great evidence! Now that we think about it, we haven’t seen a crocoduck either. Here’s more:
Dr. Steven J. Gould and Dr. Richard Dawkins have abandoned Darwinian evolution for they have calculated for each species of animals, there are one times ten to the 20th power transitional creatures that would be required to go from one type or kind to another. That is 20 places to the left of the decimal point, that is a big number only government can understand; there are fewer grains of sand on the earth than that.
Wow — we somehow missed the news that Dawkins had abandoned evolution. Moving along:
You would be able to dig up a million transitional creatures in your own back yard, but there has not been one found …
This guy thinks every creature that ever lived becomes a fossil, and they should all be down there, stacked up, waiting to be uncovered. But your back yard doesn’t yield a deep fossil layer. Why not? Maybe nothing ever dies? Or maybe the Earth is young! Such speculation is too profound for us, so we’ll get back to the letter:
More fossils have indeed been dug up, but each contains carbon C14. That proposes a big problem for the willing ignorant pseudo-science flock, for its appearance is undetectable after 10,000 years.
Your Curmudgeon doesn’t want to have all the fun. We’ll let you play with the clunkers in that paragraph. Here’s more:
There has not been one aspect of evolution that has been beneficial to science, all it has done is limit the areas researchers dare to delve into.
Yeah, okay. And now we come to the end of the letter:
Then the statement “not one piece of evidence contradicts or disproves evolution.” My question to that, how do you prove something that isn’t, isn’t? Long, long ago and far, far away,” that means a fairy tale is a coming!
This is a great example of what makes us so grumpy and pessimistic. It’s no secret that we think the party currently in power is botching things up badly; but when we look at the opposition party … well, that’s why we’re a Curmudgeon.
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