Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Olive. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The headline from an article in the Los Angeles Times claimed “Evidence of first known murder — 430,000 years ago” — a date, of course picked out of thin air. The article was printed in the Lodi News-Sentinel on May 29, 2015.
This is the article that upset Olive: 430,000-year-old skull suggests murder is an ‘ancient human behavior’. It doesn’t mention how the evidence was dated. It’s about research published in PLOS One, Lethal Interpersonal Violence in the Middle Pleistocene, which says that the bones found at the site were dated, although no details are given. It’s doubtful, however, that the date was “picked out of thin air.” Then Olive says:
A paleoanthropologist at Binghamton University co-authored the report, which involved piecing together fragments of the skull of a hominid — whatever that is — and determining that he’d been dealt a forceful blow to the forehead, causing his death.
Although Olive doesn’t know what a hominid is, she continues with her critique of the discovery:
This is a fairy tale, of course, since bone that old would have disintegrated long ago.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There’s no need to speculate about what Olive thinks of dinosaur fossils. She continues:
The myth of evolution is being perpetuated by those who cling to the theory that people evolved from animals.
Yes, and it’s such an offensive and degrading myth. Here’s more:
An anthropologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, commenting on this ancient murder said, “This study contributes to the debate that intentional assault between two people has deep roots in our ‘hominid’ human history.”
That’s from the L.A. Times story, but Olive improved it by putting the word “hominid” in scare quotes. Moving along:
On the contrary, people tend to be community-minded, reaching out to those hit by a natural disaster with personal assistance or through Red Cross, Salvation Army or other organizations.
Yeah, people are nice! We don’t engage in violence. Another excerpt:
The Bible tells us that mankind was created in God’s image, separate from animals. While animals can express feelings of hunger and anger through sounds they make, people communicate through spoken and written language.
Hey, that’s a good point! Animals don’t have a written language. On with the letter:
Beavers build dams and birds build nests for their own use, but humans build high-rise apartments and office buildings, bridges, cars and airplanes for everyone’s use.
Right again! We’re nothing like animals. And now we come to Olive’s undeniable conclusion:
No, we are not descended from some primeval creature.
So there you are. We ain’t no kin to no hominids — whatever they are — or any other animals. With all the evidence in Olive’s letter, there’s no way you can disagree with her.
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