Creationist Wisdom #686: A Mind-Boggling Letter

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Globe of Worthington, Minnesota. It’s titled Darwin has left an inglorious legacy. The newspaper doesn’t seem to have a comments section.

Today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so ordinarily we wouldn’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. But this one is an exception. His name is Mike Bogle. We thought it had a familiar ring, so we did a search. Ah yes, he’s been a long-time contributor to our Creationist Wisdom series. The most recent occasion was in #661: An Old Favorite Returns. Excerpts from his latest will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

In 1859, Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life” was published. It gave the world a “scientific” basis for racism and slavery present in his day.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Mr. Bogle is once again living up to his name. It’s obvious that he’s never read past the title of Darwin’s book, which wasn’t at all about humans, and in which the word “race” was used in reference to what we’d call sub-species or variety, as was commonly done by naturalists at the time. Also, as we know, Darwin was an abolitionist and one of the least racist people of his generation — see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin.

Don’t leave us now, dear reader. Mr. Bogle is just getting started. He says:

His idea were not new, but he was the first to gather so-called evidence. He observed change within species and did some good work with insects and plants, but never addressed the origin of species.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! In Origin of Species, Darwin never addressed the origin of species! Let’s read on:

He felt his hypothesis of macro-evolution would be vindicated by the fossil record, but it never has.

[*Sigh*] As we always do when that clunker pops up, we link to Wikipedia’s List of transitional fossils. The Bogle letter continues:

Although “The Preservation of Favored Races” has been dropped from the title of modern editions for obvious reasons, the legacy left by it is mind-boggling. The race was on for a “missing link.”

It’s the imaginary quest for a missing link that is mind-boggling, as is the rest of Mr. Bogle’s letter. Here’s more:

So-called primitive races were chosen. All known Aboriginal graves were robbed and the living were rounded up, shot and beheaded. An African pygmy named Ota Benga was taken from his wife and children and locked in a cave with chimpanzees for the evolution display at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

There was a mindlessly cruel display of Ota Benga, but it’s hardly the sort of thing Darwin would have endorsed. Moving along, Mr. Bogle presents us with one of the standard collections of clunkers:

How different could the world have been if Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin had both become atheists from reading Darwin? They were both professing Christians in their youth. Pol Pot, an avid evolutionist, made the Guinness Book of World Records for killing one-third to one-half of the Cambodian population after the U.S. left Vietnam. Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is page upon page of racism based on evolutionary theory.

We didn’t know Marx was a Christian in his youth, but that “fact” is as worthy as everything else in Mr. Bogle’s paragraph. Oh, all right — we’ll link to Hitler and Darwin. Another excerpt from the amazing Mr. Bogle:

While all honest scientists are discovering huge problems with evolution [Hee hee], we continue to teach it as fact in our public schools because educators think the only alternative is religion.

No need to comment. On with the letter:

The alternative is to reach origins at home and quit telling our children they are descended from apes via the rocks when they don’t know where they came from.

Yes, that’s the only reasonable alternative. And now we come to the end:

Strangely enough, evolutions [sic] don’t what know what animal monkeys descended from, either. That may prove God has a sense of humor.

It’s always good to hear from Mike Bogle. We look forward to more.

Copyright © 2016. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.

add to del.icio.usAdd to Blinkslistadd to furlDigg itadd to ma.gnoliaStumble It!add to simpyseed the vineTailRankpost to facebook

. AddThis Social Bookmark Button . Permalink for this article

10 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #686: A Mind-Boggling Letter

  1. I wonder why Mary Lou wrote this letter under a pseudonym.

  2. Bogle Boggles *It gave the world a “scientific” basis for racism and slavery present in his day.* I think a lot of the justification for it came from a certain good book.

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    Bogle bo-bo’d …

  4. “Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is page upon page of racism based on evolutionary theory.”
    Except that it displays a creationist view.

  5. “The Communist Manifesto” 1848
    “On the Origin of Species” 1859

  6. Mark Germano

    I think he’s saying that rocks are descended from apes and humans are descended from rocks.

  7. michaelfugate

    The alternative is to (t)each origins at home and quit telling our children they are descended from apes via the rocks when they don’t know where they came from.

    I have yet to figure out that sentence – the first “they” refers to children, the second to dishonest scientists, but the third is referring to rocks, apes, children?

  8. Nonetheless this type of trashy rhetoric finds favor among creationists and anti-evolutionist parents whose children are in the public schools. Part of the cry to give parents more local control over schools hits home. If the paper offers no comments, then someone should write a rebuttal to the paper exposing the gibberish Mike Bogle presents to the highly uneducated public. Then again, denialism is strong with those who have no understanding of science and who themselves rely on their religious tomes to get them by.

  9. Eric Lipps

    Strangely enough, evolutions [sic] don’t what know what animal monkeys descended from, either. That may prove God has a sense of humor.

    Actually, “evolutions” (nyuk nyuk nyuk) do have a fair idea of what animal(s) monkeys descended from.

  10. But the last I heard, there is a dearth of fossils of the non-hominin fossils of the hominids.