There’s no reason to provide internet visibility for creationists, and 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. We can’t figure out who today’s letter-writer is, so we shall use only his first name, which is Tom. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
If it weren’t so sad it would be laughable. The old story of the king who had no clothes is a play on this reality. The human mind has the ability to deceive itself in order to avoid a painful truth.
Tom can’t even get the name of Hans Christian Andersen’s story right. He’s referring, of course, to The Emperor’s New Clothes. Anyway, now we’re curious to see where Tom is going with this. He says:
The painful truth that man has always tried to avoid is there is a God in heaven who he is accountable to.
That’s so true! Then he refers to the Elwha River, which is undergoing a huge restoration project that involves the removal of dams that had blocked a salmon spawning area. Care is being taken to keep silt out of the hatcheries, and according to Wikipedia: “Restoration of the area around the dam began, including tens of thousands of native plants started in local greenhouses. … The area once under the reservoirs will be revegetated to prevent erosion and speed up ecological restoration of the area.”
Tom is getting his information from this article in the Seattle Times: Back to nature: Last chunk of Elwha dams out in September, which says:
The watershed already is springing back to life from the mountains to the sea: Salmon are swimming and spawning miles above the former Elwha dam site. Alders stand more than head high as the native forest reclaims the former lake beds.
It sounds like a successful project. What does Tom say about it? He tells us:
The Elwha River ecosystem is snapping back at a rapid pace … . But why should that happen if only blind chance moves the universe?
Huh? Whaaa? Tom continues:
Oh, you say, the plants and animals have DNA that guides them to return to form.
Yes, that’s part of it. Plus a lot of clean-up and restoration work. Why do we have a strange feeling that Tom is reading something else into this? Here it comes:
Isn’t DNA information? Where did the information come from? Can information invent itself?
Actually, Tom, yes — DNA can organize itself. It does so every time it replicates. But wait — Tom has a response to that:
Consider, when I turn to the Internet my basic sense tells me someone designed this, someone put this information in here.
Jeepers, he’s right! Someone put information into the internet. Therefore — yes! — it’s the same thing with DNA. Of course! Why didn’t we see that before? Here’s the conclusion of Tom’s letter:
Darwinian evolution truly is the king with no clothes merrily strutting down the street while all the common folk laugh him to scorn.
Tom has made us see the light. No doubt, he’s had the same effect on you, dear reader.
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