Because the 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 Jim. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Recent articles citing the University of Tennessee’s celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday are a measure of secular society’s imposition of propaganda without regard for the opposite viewpoint. Those who do not hold to the theory of evolution, in the words of Richard Dawkins, are “ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked … .)”
We didn’t know about that university’s celebration of Darwin Day, but surely it’s their business. Nevertheless, Jim is offended by what he sees as “secular society’s imposition of propaganda.” He’s further offended by Dawkins’ well-known statement, about which we once wrote Creationists: Ignorant, Stupid, Insane, or Wicked.
What does Jim say about society’s brutal assault on his delicate sensibilities? First, he informs us:
I do not believe in macroevolution and don’t believe I am stupid.
Stupid people rarely recognize that they are. However, your non-judgmental Curmudgeon realizes that Jim may be merely uneducated. Let’s read on:
I think it would be interesting to read articles from scientists who do not believe in evolution to level the playing field. After all, probably 50 percent of your readers do not believe in Darwinian evolution despite several generations of teaching it in our public schools and universities.
Jim will have to confine his search to creationist websites, because aside from what’s found at such places, there are very few actual scientists who reject evolution — see the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Scientific and Scholarly Organizations. Jim continues, and here comes the good stuff:
Several of the problems with evolution include:
• How did the first life begin?
• How did the first amino acids form?
• How did proteins form?
• How did DNA and RNA originate?
• How do we explain several chicken-and-egg problems within supposedly evolved species?
• How did molecular machines evolve?
• How do we explain the Cambrian explosion?
Some of Jim’s questions are silly, but for the rest, there are many proposed solutions, and none require the intervention of miracles. Besides, a list of questions isn’t evidence for creationism. We want data, Jim. His letter continues:
The possible answers to most of these questions being arrived at by chance is impossible, yet I have not heard any explanations that are rational.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Jim hasn’t been looking. Then he says:
We readers who do not believe in evolution tolerate articles promoting it, so shouldn’t the other side tolerate articles promoting different explanations?
We appreciate Jim’s tolerance. If he has an understandable, testable explanation for any of his questions, he’s free to provide it. However, Oogity Boogity is not such an explanation. Moving along:
I also think it is interesting to consider the subtitle of Darwin’s book — “The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.” Darwin was clearly in error here and would be considered a racist in today’s world.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Jim knows nothing more than the title of Darwin’s book — which didn’t even discuss human races. We addressed Jim’s groundless concerns in Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin.
Jim saved his best arguments for last:
I also believe that the theory of evolution has at least partly led to the amoral attitude that pervades society. It has led to fulfilled atheism, which has contributed to the idea that without God, all things are permissible.
Whatever else one might say about Jim, there’s little doubt that he’s sincere. His letter is not only amusing, it’s also depressing.
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