This is a silly letter-to-the-editor, but it’s all we can find so far today. It appears in the Lewiston Tribune of Lewiston, Idaho. The title is Lacking evidence, and the newspaper has a comments section.
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 Fritz. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
The physical evidence for or against evolution is to be found in the fossil remains of plants and animals from the past.
That’s part of it. There’s also geology, which explains the age of the strata in which fossils are found. And for some reason, Fritz doesn’t mention comparative anatomy and DNA, which show the relationship of various species. All of that evidence supports the same picture of evolution. Anyway, he says:
There is still no known mechanism that produces Darwinian evolution: slow gradual change over time, decent with modification. [What?] Why do so many plants and animals alive today look like their fossil ancestors? Where is the change that Charles Darwin said could cause a bear to become a whale? There is no evidence.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! After that he tells us:
But wait. Why argue over evolution when no one can tell us how life began in the first place?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Because evolution is obviously a fact, regardless of how life actually began.
Fritz continues, and the bracketed material in our next excerpt is from his letter:
Richard Dawkins was asked: You have no idea how it [life] started? He replied: “No, nor has anybody.”
We tried to verify that quote. The best we could do is this entry in Conservapedia, which claims it’s from Expelled, Ben Stein’s creationist “documentary.” Whatever Dawkins said — or didn’t say — scientists have several testable ideas about the origin of life; but aside from their ancient scrolls, creationists don’t have a clue. Let’s read on:
He [Dawkins, presumably] then went on to explain: “Somewhere in the universe a civilization evolved by probably some kind of Darwinian means to a very, very high level of technology and designed the form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet. Now that is a possibility.”
What? Is that science or science fiction?
[*Groan*] Panspermia is a remote possibility for the arrival of life on Earth, but even if Dawkins said that, all it would mean is that life arose by a natural process somewhere else. Another excerpt:
Did you notice the 3Ps? Those uncertainties that evolutionists constantly use? Probably, perhaps and possibility?
The 3 Ps? Hey — that could be original with Fritz. In contrast, creationists never have doubts, because they know The Truth™. Fritz ends his letter with this:
Is there any wonder why NASA and SETI are so intent on finding life in outer space?
That was a very persuasive letter. Don’t you agree, dear reader?
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