Creationist Wisdom #654: No Bone Evidence

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Inter Lake of Kalispell, Montana — the gateway to Glacier National Park. The letter is titled Private schools give parents a choice, not indoctrination. The newspaper has a comments section, but if there are any, you can’t see them without logging in.

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 Dexter. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

In response to Mary Moe’s Feb. 5 opinion about “The perils of privatization” of schools, I believe her main point was assimilation to the progressives’ viewpoint.

We can’t find that in the newspaper, but Mary Moe has a blog entry with that title: The Perils of Privatization. She’s a member of the Montana Senate, and she opposes government funding of private schools. Dexter, today’s letter-writer, doesn’t agree. He says:

But the real peril is that public schools teach evolution as fact when there is still no bone evidence, as Darwin said was required.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We often see these people claiming there are no transitional fossils, but we never encountered the “no bone evidence” claim before. As we always do, we’ll link to Wikipedia’s growing List of transitional fossils. That was the best part of Dexter’s brief letter, but let’s read on:

They teach global warming as fact, when the so-called scientists themselves denied warming when they changed the term to “climate change.”

Wow — the scientists themselves denied global warming! Dexter continues:

They also want to implement “gender identity” when biology says (and you can’t change your DNA) you are either male or female.

Why is Dexter suddenly relying on biology for that, when in the same letter he’s denying evolution? Ah well, here’s more:

God created Adam (man) and Eve (woman) not something that can decide on their own which they are, or some combination thereof.

Hey, Dexter — were you there? You don’t know what Adam was like. Maybe he suffered from gender confusion. Now that we think about it, didn’t he … ah, eat the forbidden fruit? Never mind, we’d rather not think about that.

Moving along, Dexter gives us his strongest argument:

These theories deny the power of God.

Maybe so. Anyway, at the end of his letter, Dexter finally gets around to his big argument against Mary Moe:

Private schools give parents and students choices not indoctrination. The law should be fair and allow some type of tax credit for these families.

Hey, he’s got a point. If Hambo can get sales tax rebates for his Ark, why can’t Dexter get some tax goodies too?

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8 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #654: No Bone Evidence

  1. Given his other errors in this short note, it’s not surprising that Dexter doesn’t realize that the term “climate change” reflects the fact that “global warming” has numerous effects on climate in addition to temperature change. The lack of understanding is strong with this one, Obi-wan.

  2. “I don’t oppose “school choice” bills because they’re unconstitutional, although they are. I don’t oppose them because they will inevitably weaken the funding and consequently the quality of our public schools, although they will.” So says Mary Moe.
    I disagree with both her, and Dexter, the letter writer.
    The term “private” schools is an immediate red flag calling to gut the public school system and finance private, parochial, and charter schools on on the taxpayers’ tab.
    Poor Dexter is in his anti-Darwin whine stage, and he wants to do away with public schools as a result of his ‘careful’ study of fossils. Sadly all three, private, parochial and charter schools have been found dearly deficient across the board, but it’s simply the conservative effort to privatize education in America, each state teaching to different standards (no common core), and the result is a disaster for the public as a whole, contrary to Mary’s analysis. In addition, help for slower and/or disabled students is rarely found in these schools, rather, they are left to the public sector to pay for them and support them.

    In Louisiana:
    Scathing Study: La. Voucher Students Were Better Off In Public Schools
    https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/scathing-study-la-voucher-students-were-better-off-in-public-schools
    Americans United analysis:
    ‘School Choice Week’ – A Dose Of Facts To Counter Voucher Propaganda
    https://www.au.org/content/school-choice-week-a-dose-of-facts-to-counter-voucher-propaganda

  3. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27

    There is an old interpretation of this which says that the first humans were hermaphrodites. Perhaps the description of the creation of Eve in Genesis 2 was of the separation of the female from the male in the original mixture.

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    Dexter shows what a quality education one can get from a private school. Dope!

  5. Our Curmudgeon struggles with Dexter’s neologism:

    we never encountered the “no bone evidence” claim before

    That’s a new one for me as well, but I think the intended meaning is, “evidence that would persuade bone-heads like Creationists”.

    Which is hopelessly oxymoronic, as bone-headed Creationists are entirely impervious to evidence…

  6. But the real peril is that public schools teach evolution as fact when there is still no bone evidence, as Darwin said was required.

    I don’t know what Dexter counts as “bone evidence,” but this claim is pretty typical for creationists. Apparently the only fossil evidence they’ll accept as real is stuff like dinosaur bones with hot red meat on them (preferably ones gnawed by human teeth.

    Them there’s this:

    They teach global warming as fact, when the so-called scientists themselves denied warming when they changed the term to “climate change.”

    Of course, scientists did no such thing as “deny” global warming; they changed the term to encompass other effects of warming, such as changes in wind circulation and rainfall patterns, which are linked to warming.

  7. Doctor Stochastic

    Perhaps the creationist should emulate actual archeologists who do the Randy Travis Anthony Hopkins thing daily. (Digging up bones seeking the remains of the day.)

  8. I ain’t no kin to no bones