Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the High Point Enterprise of High Point, North Carolina. It’s titled: Evolution isn’t science; why teach it? We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. But today’s letter is an exception — it’s written by Robert L. Youngblood of Trinity, North Carolina.
What makes him exceptional is found in this newspaper article, 11 seek three school board seats, which informs us that Youngblood is a candidate for a seat on the Randolph County Board of Education. We assume it’s the same man; there can’t be two with that name in a town with a population of only 6,614. Also, a man with that name wrote an earlier letter in the High Point Enterprise, Show me your evidence of evolution, in which he’s identified as chairman of the Randolph Tea Party.
We’ll give you a few excerpts from the candidate’s latest letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. First he refers to an earlier letter that criticized him, which we haven’t tried to locate, and then he presents his defense. Okay, here we go:
I did not equate science with liberals and communists. I equated evolution with that distinction, for evolution is in no way science.
Oh, it’s okay then. He only equates evolution with liberals and communists. Youngblood doesn’t know that people like your Curmudgeon exist, or what we think of him. He drools on:
I did not say Richard Dawkins and Stephen Gould had abandoned evolution. I said they abandoned “Darwinian Evolution.” Both Dawkins and Gould, were embracing “the hopeful monster theory,” which basically states “every 50,000 years an alligator lays five eggs and a chicken pops out.”
We hope you’ll understand that we haven’t bothered to Google around to refute that one. Let’s see what else he says:
If C14 is still present in a fossil it must be less than 100,000 years old. Every fossil found so far has C14 in it. That is your science speaking.
Carbon-14 has a half-life of 5,700 years, so it’s only reliable for dating objects up to about 50,000 years old. Older fossils may have a minute trace of carbon-14, sometimes from contamination, but it’s simply untrue that really old ones have C-14. There’s a contrary claim at the website of ol’ Hambo (Carbon-14 in Fossils, Coal, and Diamonds), and that’s probably where the candidate does his research. He continues:
[The earlier letter] mentioned “Fossil record.” Is he not aware that the only place all 13 odd layers appear are in the textbooks? There is nowhere on earth, including the Grand Canyon which on average is over one mile deep, where you will find only four.
That’s rather chaotic. His main point is debunked in the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims — see The geological column. But the candidate isn’t done yet:
Each layer found has both modern day and extinct fossils together. The Cambrian explosion contains many of the same, even though it is considered the lowest.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We won’t bother to debunk that one either. Here’s more:
Science has indeed provided improvements to the human condition, such as medicine and technology, but evolution isn’t science and it has not provided any improvements whatsoever. I would really like to know their answer to how evolution provides one iota of improvement.
It’s true that the contribution of creation science zero, but as for evolution, TalkOrigins debunks that one too — see The theory of evolution is useless, without practical application. And now we come to the end:
The bottom line, my tax dollars support the teaching of this willing ignorant pseudoscience. I in no way wish to have religion taught, I want to see empirical science, i.e. demonstrable, observable and verifiable science.
The school board election is in November. If Youngblood wins, things should be interesting in Randolph County.
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