We have almost a thousand of these things in our collection, so now the exciting countdown to 1,000 begins. Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Star Beacon of Ashtabula, Ohio. It’s titled God and evolution, and they have a comments feature.
Unless the writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. Today’s writer is a special case because we don’t have a clue. He doesn’t use his full name — only his first name, Vincent, followed by an initial. 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!
After 35 years of studying and researching evolution, I can honestly state that I can find NO evidence to support the theory of evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This is gonna be a great letter! Then he says:
There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings I would like to clear up. [That’s great!] One big misunderstanding is that “Chimpanzee and Human DNA are 99% the same.” Many do not understand how they arrived at the 99%. The researchers only used a very small segment of the DNA strand and left out anything that they could not classify properly, dropping many thousands of “letters of code” for both the human and ape samples. Then they only compared what remained and declared 99% similarity on the little that was left.
Gasp! The evolutionists have been lying to us! After that, Vincent tells us:
Another misunderstanding is that “Humans retain 25% of DNA from trees.” Not really sure how that helps the case in favor of evolution. Humans and trees are not similar genetically and must produce different proteins.
Vincent ain’t no kin to no tree! He continues:
When we need a heart replacement, we don’t look to apes for one. Instead, we get hearts from pigs. When we do experiments on skin, we never use ape skin. Instead we use pig skin. [So Vincent is related to pigs?] Human and killer whale fetuses look exactly the same early on. Orca fetuses even have 5 fingers before they turn into fins. Killer whale brains are the same size as ours, maybe even a little larger. Apes are not. In my opinion [Hee hee!], this all proves that there is no direct singular relationship that humans share with any one species. Instead, we share a relationship with all life to one degree or another, especially with other mammals.
That was quite a paragraph. We’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to comment on the details. We’re moving on:
Many do not understand this but there are actually limits to the number of times a species can change.
Yes! Vincent is referring to the magic barrier that prevents evolution from going too far, in order to preserve the integrity of scriptural “kinds.” We spoke of it in the “Micro-yes, Macro-no” section of Common Creationist Claims Confuted.
Here’s another excerpt:
All life forms are protected by Natural Selection – selecting out bad traits. Natural selection is “Quality Control” for your body plan, and this would actually prevent anything like evolution from occurring in the first place.
He’s right — natural selection prevents evolution! Here’s more:
Now if you are someone who is looking for proof of God, you may want to do a search for St. Thomas Aquinas “5 Proofs for the Existence of God.” He is considered one of the great philosophers. St. Thomas Aquinas also introduced Christianity to the concept of “Reason.”
Vincent is referring to Thomas Aquinas’ Five Proofs of God. Each of those so-called proofs has problems, but it doesn’t matter. Creationists love Aquinas — see Thomas Aquinas Joins the Discovery Institute.
And now we come to the end:
God does not require Humans to prove his existence. It is faith based. That is the point. Just because science cannot prove the existence of the supernatural does not mean it can be dismissed. [Right!] A proper scientist would leave all options open and keep everything on the table. Otherwise, it becomes manipulation and politics.
That was a brilliant conclusion to a brilliant letter. Nice going, Vincent!
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