Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Nanaimo Daily News of Nanaimo, known as the “Bathtub Racing Capital of the World,” situated on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It’s titled Readers deserve to hear more on evolution issue. The newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.
Unless a letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. This one definitely qualifies for full name treatment because he’s a politician — a British Colombia Member of Parliament. Yes, dear reader, it’s James Lunney, about whom we recently wrote James Lunney — Creationist Canadian MP. He’s a chiropractor by training. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The views of millions of Canadians who believe in God, including the 3,000-plus who gathered in Nanaimo for collective Good Friday services, have been savaged in a clash of world-views. I was one of three politicians targeted and became the subject of a leading national news story on March 2 for asserting that macro-evolution is a theory not a fact.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! In our earlier post, he was quoted as saying a lot more than that. Let’s read on:
At Thursday’s press conference in Nanaimo, I provided irrefutable evidence that no molecular or cell biologist could/would refute that supports my position. To claim that life, even the simplest cell, was formed by random undirected processes is no longer a tenable assertion, let alone a fact. The press release included a link to a Harvard video on the inner workings of a cell.
“Irrefutable evidence”? We had difficulty finding it, but you can read Lunney’s press release, appropriately dated April first, here: I know what I believe. It’s a long creationist rant, which refers to macro evolution as a theory in crisis, and it recommends Ben Stein’s film: Expelled. It says:
Every cell is worlds within worlds of nanotechnology finely tuned and regulated. Darwin’s elaborate construct is stalled at the cell; even the simplest prokaryotic cell is infinitely beyond the odds of ever coming together by random, undirected process.
It also refers to the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy, and says:
Is it right that Dr. Richard von Sternberg, a man with PhDs in evolutionary biology and science systems should lose his position at the Smithsonian for allowing an article on Intelligent Design to be published in a Washington based journal in 2004?
Hey, where’s the Harvard video? Oh, it’s in a later press release. That one says:
An eight minute Harvard video [this is it] on the inner workings of a cell reveals the worlds within worlds of nanotechnology, finely tuned and orchestrated at play moment by moment. This vast new realm of scientific enquiry reveals why a majority of scientists belief in God or a higher power.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It also says:
The campaign to target Christian politicians and make them appear unintelligent, uneducated and therefore unelectable is based not on science but a clash in world-views increasingly untenable due to advances in molecular and cell biology. Evolutionism is a religious world-view clung to by a dwindling cadre of scientists, militant atheists and the uninformed who insist (macro) evolution, from simple molecules to higher life forms by random undirected acts, is a fact.
The rest of Lunney’s letter doesn’t say very much, so we’ll skip it. The best part of the letter is that it led us to his press releases. There’s no doubt about it — the man is a hard-core creationist. His constituents must be very proud.
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