Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Freeman of Kingston, New York. The letter is titled The truth about the theory of evolution is that it is built on lies. There’s a comments section at the end.
The letter-writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t use his full name. His first name is Jeffrey. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
For Darwin’s birthday, Feb. 12, let us teach the whole truth about evolution. Inform our children about the history of lies and deceptions used to support this myth as an example of what happens when ideology invades science.
Oh, goodie — Jeffrey is going to expose all the lies and deceptions of evolution. At last, someone has the courage to do it! Brace yourself, dear reader, he doesn’t hold anything back:
Lies like gill slits and vestigial organs, peppered moths and wacky morphologies, intentionally deceptive and unsupported timetables, and primordial oozes.
Wow — that’s six whoppers in a single sentence! As we scan the rest of Jeffrey’s letter, we count another twenty-seven, making thirty-three in all. It could be slightly more or less, because he has a few compound items mixed in with the others. There’s no way we’re going to take the time to debunk them all. We won’t even bother to list them all. But we will deal with a few of them. The rest will be for you to discover by reading the whole letter. A wondrous adventure awaits you.
At this point, however, we’ll pause to make an essential observation. As with all creationists, Jeffery presents no evidence for his own view of things — that’s because there is none. All he does is complain about evolution — with no reference to any demonstration showing that it’s false. Jeffrey and all the others like him should read our Advice for Creationists. But that won’t happen.
Okay, skipping those at the beginning, we’ll look at some more of Jeffrey’s list of thirty-odd “lies and deceptions”:
Let expose Darwin’s own failed experiments.
Hey, good idea, Jeffrey! Go ahead and do that. Let’s read on:
Teach the complete absence of transition fossils, the ludicrous claims about archaeopteryx, the complexity of the so-called simple cell, realistic comparisons between scales and feathers, irreducible complexity …
What an Ark-load! Ah yes, the absence of transitional fossils — except for this growing list of transitional fossils. Why do creationists keep repeating that one?
And there’s nothing wrong with Archaeopteryx — it’s a transitional fossil between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. Jeffrey, like so many creationists, probably confuses its name with Archaeoraptor, a Chinese fake that was briefly publicized by National Geographic in 1999. It was a mistake they clarified a few months later in a press release — see Dino Hoax Was Mainly Made of Ancient Bird, Study Says. Or maybe he’s confused by a brief controversy falsely claiming that Archaeopteryx was itself a fake — see WorldNetDaily and Archaeopteryx.
That’s enough for that one sentence. Is there anything else worth mentioning? How about this:
Let us tell the truth about the Scopes monkey trial and how a pig tooth was hailed as a missing link.
Let us tell how evolution was used to justify the Holocaust, racism, eugenics, genocide, abortion and mass murder, endorsed by such fiends of the 20th century as Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot and Sanger.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Is there anything Jeffrey left out of his letter? We’ll leave that up to you to decide, dear reader, but you’ll have to read it for yourself. We’ve left out lots of other “lies and deceptions” for which we ran out of patience. Oh, here’s how the letter ends:
Happy birthday, Charles.
Thanks for the reminder that Darwin Day is coming up. Great letter, Jeffrey!
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