Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania. It’s titled Evolution relies on suppression of truth. The newspaper has a comments feature. It’s located to the right of the letter.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Francis. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Is evolution science? Briefly, the Merriam-Webster definition of science says: “The state of knowing: knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding, covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method.” Evolution more closely matches the definition of science fiction — a genre of fiction dealing with imaginative content.
Creationists usually cite the third or fourth listed definition about fervent belief and then claim that science is a religion. But even with a fairly decent definition, Francis still blew it. Wait until you see what else he has for us:
Evolutionists want us to believe that random events, starting with a hypothetical big bang, produced everything we see today, including the ordered and complex biological realm of life.
Uh huh. Let’s read on:
Creation, as recorded in Scripture, is in keeping with everything we observe on Earth and in the universe. The intelligent design of God is seen in his handiwork, and expounded beautifully in Psalm 19.
Francis is right. Creationism is in keeping with everything he observes — if he chooses to remain ignorant of everything we’ve learned since the observations and writings of those living in Mesopotamia 3,000 years ago. He continues:
What about the rather extensive fossil record? Forgeries notwithstanding, it has not turned up even one organism in a transitional phase (going from one species to another).
Furthermore, fossils are formed by rapid burial, as in a cataclysmic flood, and found in sedimentary layers caused by hydrologic sorting, not by millions of years of slow deposition.
Aaaargh!! Well, death by burial in a mudslide is rapid, and there’s a good chance that the corpse will fossilize — but that process takes time, and the sequence in which they’re found in their various layers is utterly inconsistent with a single flood event.
Ah well, now we come to the end:
Evolution, as with all other subversive movements, relies on relentless propagation of lies and misinformation, while suppressing the truth.
Subversive movement? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Great letter, Francis!
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