Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website Canada Free Press, located in Toronto. What we found is actually a column, but we’ll treat it as a letter. It’s titled The theory of evolution is based on belief. They have a comments section.
As you may have noticed, the last letter in our collection was number 664. As we’ve been approaching the 666th entry in our collection, we were hoping for something especially goofy, but we were worried that the right letter wouldn’t appear when we needed it. This is the one we were looking for, so we’re giving it the numerical place it deserves by temporarily skipping number 665. The next one will have that number.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name, but this one is an exception. His name is Charles Wills. Canada Free Press says:
Charles Wills is a retired Engineer. Since retirement, he has devoted much of his free time to reading and researching world and biblical history. He enjoys reading and collecting old books, especially textbooks published before the turn of the 20th century, as well as writing about the wealth of information hidden in them.
Charley’s reliance on old books will soon become apparent. Excerpts from his column will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Recently, I found out that my daughter had lost her faith in God due to the teaching of evolution in public school.
Gasp — it’s every parent’s nightmare! Let’s read on:
What I find disturbing is that parents have no say over the curriculum being taught in the public school system. On top of that, the local school board has no control over the content in the textbooks. The author of the text has full control over it’s content, and nobody, that I can find, has the power to question it, and no one has the power to validate the information within the textbook. Publishers print the best selling textbook regardless of the honesty and integrity of the information within it.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Charley continues:
Fortunately, my daughter regained her faith, but many of her friends were not as fortunate. After thinking about the effect evolution had on my daughter, I got angry and fired off a letter to several people in the local school system. I am enclosing a copy of my letter. Please feel free to use the letter or use any part of it.
We are all thrilled that Charley’s daughter was saved from the depravity of evolution! And we are grateful to Charley for providing us with his letter, which many of you, no doubt, will copy and send to your own school system. What follows is that letter:
The theory of evolution is based on belief. The physical evidence presented to support evolution has been discredited as hoaxes, and includes Haeckel’s embryo chart, Piltdown man, and Nebraska man to name a few. It’s interesting to note that the evidence for Nebraska man turned out to be a single pigs tooth that was dug up in Nebraska.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We told you about Charley’s obsession with old books. All the issues he raised have been debunked for generations. See Piltdown Man: The Creationists’ Savior. As for Nebraska Man, his popular image was the creation of a newspaper illustrator, which was promptly criticized by the biologist who first suggested the tooth he found might be hominid. He reportedly called the illustration “a figment of the imagination of no scientific value, and undoubtedly inaccurate.” The error in identifying the tooth was discovered three years later. “Nebraska Man” never achieved general acceptance by scientists, even during the brief period when the press was running wild with it. TalkOrigins debunks it here. TalkOrigins also discusses Haeckel’s drawings in their Index to Creationist Claims, and again here: Wells and Haeckel’s Embryos.
Ready for more from Charley’s recommended letter? Okay, here it comes:
There’s no real evidence to support evolution, and that makes it a belief, not a scientific fact. Moreover, if I dug up the bones of an ape, or a chimpanzee like Lucy, how would I know that this animal ever had any offspring, or that the offspring lived long enough to procreate? I could conclude that the monkey was the last of it’s [sic] kind, or an ancestor of chimpanzees, and my conclusion would be more scientifically valid since it isn’t based on a presupposition. Digging up old monkey bones and passing them off as the remains of an ancestor of man, without any evidence whatsoever to support that conclusion, is not science; it’s idiocy!
Isn’t this great? Moving along:
In addition, all the false evidence presented to support evolution doesn’t say much for the theory, but it does call into question the integrity of people presenting known hoaxes as science. Having to falsify evidence to support the theory, should cast a dark shadow over it! In light of the fraud evolutionists continue to perpetuate to support the theory, one has to conclude that the theory is a hoax because it’s based on hoaxes, misrepresentation, misinterpretation, and conjecture.
And now we come to the end:
In conclusion, since known hoaxes are still being cited as scientific proof for the theory of evolution, then it’s a forgone conclusion that the character and integrity of science is no better than the people who perpetuate these hoaxes and call it science. Based on all the available evidence, I have to conclude that evolution is the Barnum and Bailey side show of science, and should not be taken seriously, and certainly should not be taught in public schools.
So there you are, dear reader — letter number 666. Your Curmudgeon is pleased.
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