Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we have an exceptional situation. The letter-writer is Harold Lerch Sr., P.E.-Ret’d, (P.E. might mean Professional Engineer), and when we looked him up we found a link to this press release from Xulon Press, which describes itself as “the world’s largest Christian self-publisher.” That means he also qualifies for our list of Self-Published Geniuses, and we always use their full names.
We’re not going to write about this guy’s book, but here it is at Amazon: Did God Really Say That?
Okay, now that we’re all impressed, let’s see what Harold says in his letter. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I thank Mr. Peeling for pointing out Darwin’s birthday and the “evolution” of COVID-19 (Letter to the editor, Feb. 12). Some of us celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, instead. [Why?] He believed in the creator God. [Ah, good reason!]
Harold is writing about this letter: Happy birthday, Darwin, which mentions that Lincoln and Darwin were born on the same day, and recommends that we use Darwin’s science when dealing with the coronavirus. Harold Lerch Sr., P.E.-Ret’d, doesn’t like that, and he says:
The changes in COVID through natural selection are called microevolution, or variety within kind.
Harold is dancing the micro-macro mambo, which we described in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. After that he tells us:
These changes only come from variability encoded in the DNA by a designer. [Ooooooooooooh! A designer!] For example, all dog breeds came from a common ancestor.
Where is he going with dog breeds? The letter continues:
The apparent differences come from selection for desirable characteristics but which cause each breed to lose genetic information. A dachshund is descended from a wolf, but has lost information making it impossible to breed it back to a wolf.
Harold’s letter is rather brief, and it ends with this:
Darwin went too far [Gasp!] when he espoused macro-evolution (molecules-to-man). Every biologist knows in his heart that the fossil record is absent of any example of this that can stand up to the scientific method.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He should take a look at Wikipedia’s List of transitional fossils.
We are grateful to Harold Lerch Sr., P.E.-Ret’d, for today’s letter, which seems like it was written while wearing a pant-load of poo. And the Discoveroids are undoubtedly delighted to learn that they have an ardent follower of their creationist blog.
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