Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Inter Lake of Kalispell, Montana — the gateway to Glacier National Park. It’s titled A Christian dissent from evolution theory. The newspaper has a comments section, but if there are any, you can’t see them without logging in.
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 Gary. We think he’s in the business of restoring classic cars, but that doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Gary begins by defending Greg Gianforte, a creationist who lost in his campaign to be Governor of Montana:
Creationism stems from the literal words of Genesis, so it’s safe to assume Gianforte is a Christian and puts his money where his mouth is. So, his religion is being attacked by those with a different religion — evolutionism. Yes, it’s a religion since it’s a belief system with no scientific support.
Egad — evolution-ism is a religion! Then he says:
From what I have studied, here are serious questions about evolution and the “millions of years” fable:
Wow — Gary has studied the issue. He tells us:
Carbon 14 is a popular dating system for things which were formerly alive. It’s relatively short half life of about 5,700 years limits its use to remains that are less than 100,000 year old. There definitely shouldn’t be any trace of it in dinosaur bones and certainly not in diamonds, but alas, plenty of carbon 14 is found in these items.
[*Groan*] Gary’s “study” seems to be done entirely at creationist websites. The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims has a few entries on that old clunker. For example: Carbon-14 dating gives unreliable results. Also, Wikipedia has an article on Radiocarbon dating. Let’s see what else Gary has for us:
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the animal kingdom, but readily breaks down after the animal is dead; even with fancy preservation attempts. Scientists have determined in laboratory tests that collagen completely breaks down and is not detectable in less than 100,000 years. You guessed it — collagen is still found in dinosaur bones supposedly millions of years old. So much for millions of years. Piles of evidence support the age of the earth as being less than 10,000 years.
[*Groan*] That looks like yet another misinterpretation of Mary Schweitzer’s work — see Dinosaur Fossils Found with Hot Red Meat? Let’s read on:
How about evolution? We’ve covered this subject in the past on these pages. It’s sufficient to say that for evolution to be remotely possible, millions of years are needed and I’ve just shown two scientific facts that deny long ages.
Yup. Gary has totally demolished the arguments for an old Earth. Another excerpt:
The final end to the evolution argument is that “molecule to man” evolution requires a mechanism to supply new information to the DNA. No such mechanism exists.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. And now we come to the end:
Thus, evolution is just a religion, but is taught as fact in our public schools. Constitutionally, that’s not supposed to be allowed. I would guess that is why Gianforte supports school choice. By the way, I’m still waiting to see any proof of evolution along with that elusive mechanism to add all that information to DNA. Lacking that, I’ll stand with Greg and stick to the Biblical account.
Gary has convinced us. We’re done with evolution-ism. We now believe in creationism-ish-ness.
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