A newspaper editor sent me this bizarre little letter. Apparently, the writer, a Mr Nick Lally, was spamming it all over the place, and his copy was also sent to addresses at these domains (actual email addresses stripped to protect the already put-upon):
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That looks like he had found a directory of California newspapers and was sending his important missive to all of them. Lally is not from California, which makes me wonder if he flooded all the other states in the same way…let me know if you see some garbage with his name in it in your local paper.
Anyway, you’d think that such a widely disseminated letter must contain very important information, but I doubt that the gang here will be surprised at all to learn that it is a poorly written collection of creationist crap. I’ve put it below the fold for your grisly appreciation.
By the way, the author claims to have been a science teacher. I wonder how many young minds were poisoned and how much inquiring curiousity was stifled by this ignorant know-nothing.
I am writing this letter to all clergy…and to the spiritual leaders of our churches and synagogues throughout our country.
Charles Darwin’s birthday is fast approaching February 12, ’09, with a 200 year celebration. The National Center for Science Education led by known atheists, are encouraging churches to join the Darwin Day celebrations. To date there will be 850 Darwin Day events worldwide. I find it interesting that this “Trojan Horse” is aimed directly at churches as well as schools. Evolutionists have already been quoted as saying: “A backward collared clergy is worth more then an atheist on a school board any day”. So, before you spiritual leaders consider preaching Darwin’s theory in your churches and synagogues in the name of looking progressive or tolerant to your congregations, its best that you know all the facts first:
Actually, the NCSE is a secular organization that studiously avoids taking any position on the atheism/religion wars (I know; I’d like them to take my side, but they keep refusing.) There is one ‘known atheist’ there, Eugenie Scott, but she is probably the most adamant one there about not troubling the houses of gods.
Eugenie Scott is also the one with that quote, sorta. She actually said,
One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day!
I am always amused that creationists never get their quotes right, not even when it says just about exactly what they want it to say. Of course, Genie isn’t saying she’s trying to sneak a trojan horse into Christianity — she’s pointing out that there are plenty of gullible sheep who will pay attention to anything a clergyman says on school boards, and that they aren’t all so stupid that they’ll believe in nonsensical creationism.
But let’s move on to Mr Lally’s “facts”.
1. Evolution is not Biblical. All Christians should know that the major theme of the Bible is that every thing was created “very good” followed by original sin, thus resulting in death (physical and spiritual) and ending with atonement through Jesus Christ. Preaching evolution to Christians is anti-Biblical because now you have death coming before original sin. Evolutionary teaching just flip-flops the Biblical theme so that there is no need for Christ.
Well, yes, he’s right, in a way. Evolution is not compatible with his interpretation of the Bible. Of course, the Bible is such a raging gemisch of priestly babble, unanchored to reality in any way, that it’s pretty darn easy to yank any interpretation you want out of it, and some people claim it is compatible with evolution. I really don’t care. You might as well fight over whether Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham is compatible with evolution — you’re inflating the significance of the text beyond all bounds and without consideration for what the authors actually intended.
Oh, yeah…and this whole idea that I’m personally damned by ‘original sin’ and that I need to believe in the magic non-sacrifice of a man-god hybrid in order to be forgiven is total bullshit. Your peculiar interpretation, which is incompatible with evolution, is a bollocks-waving pile of inflammatory garbage that only a lunatic could find rational.
Scientifically: 1. Life can only come from life. It’s called the law of biogenesis proven by Louis Pasture. You cannot come from a rock.
Louis…Pasture? Come on, man, the little things count. These slip-ups make you look like a fool. And say…two number ones? Can’t you count?
There is no law of biogenesis. This is a creationist invention. Scientists have been talking for decades about chemical evolution, the transition from non-life to life, the fuzziness of the boundary, and the fundamentally chemical nature of life itself. You don’t just get to declare an arbitrary law by fiat and pretend that science is on your side. And no, Louis Pasteur did not prove anything of the kind. He showed that bacteria and fungi do not spontaneously appear; he knew nothing of progenotes, chemical replicators, and autocatalytic sets.
2. Information in the chemicals of our DNA can not come from matter or energy.
It has been proven by Dr. Werner Gitt that information can only come from intelligence which begs the belief that DNA acts like a CD programmed by God.
Werner Gitt is a young earth creationist whose arguments have been shown to be false, built on the kind of arrogant pretension common to the truly ignorant. Besides, we see information accumulate in molecules by entirely natural processes; bacteria routinely express simple genetic changes that produce new information, and I’m quite sure bacteria aren’t intelligent, and that these changes don’t occur by intent anyway.
3. The fossil record is an indictment against evolution. We have not found the transitions between single celled animals to complicated invertebrates, nor have we found transitions between invertebrates to vertebrates. All we find in the fossil record is that organisms just show up completely formed with hardly any changes from the “biological explosion” to today. Anthropologists have found 87% of all the living fossils and not one transition.
Actually, we do have transitions between single-celled and multi-cellular organisms. We do have transitions between invertebrates and vertebrates — look up protochordates sometime. Your ignorance of these basic facts is not evidence.
And come on, that 87% is just made up, isn’t it? It doesn’t even make sense. How can you talk about finding a specific fraction of all the living fossils, whatever those are?
4. We even discovered mammals which evolution teaches came millions of years after the reptiles together with dinosaurs in the fossil record!
I don’t know what fossil record you’ve been looking at, but the one scientists use shows mammal-like reptiles preceding the dinosaurs. This is old news. A reptilian radiation produced many branches, including an early line that led to the modern mammals, but it was the saurian line that flourished best in the Mesozoic.
5. Never have we found a mutation that offers new genetic information that is beneficial to the organism in order to evolve. The majority of mutations are harmful, a lost of genetic information, or a mix up of the same genetic information. That is why mutation and natural selection doesn’t work.
All those wonderful new crop varieties that keep us well-fed and prosperous? They are the outcome of mutations. All those pests and diseases that are resistant to our poisons and antibiotics? Mutations, again. Obviously mutations can be beneficial.
Most mutations are completely neutral. We know the error rate in DNA replication, and we know that Mr Lally was born with several hundred novel mutational changes to his DNA, and we see that he is … oh, wait. Bad example. I carry several hundred random changes made to my parents’ DNA, and I am mostly normal.
I’m afraid that Mr Lally doesn’t understand selection, either. It doesn’t require that a majority of mutations be beneficial — a tiny minority is sufficient. Darwinian processes are all about increasing the frequency of rare events into a majority.
6. Even among the hominids, i.e., “Lucy”, Australopithecus afarensis, has been proven to be nothing more then a chimp. Dr Lubenow demonstrated that Lucy’s foot was tampered with by evolutionists placing Homo habilis bones in its ankle to make it look bipedal.
First, let’s clarify something. Marvin Lubenow is a creationist with a Masters degree in theology, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by Christian Heritage College, founded by Tim LaHaye and Henry Morris, and demanding a strict biblical literalism. It is an undergraduate institution (for the sadly deluded, I must add) and isn’t even qualified to hand out post-graduate degrees. Lubenow’s expertise is non-existent. You can also read a review of Lubenow’s book in which he makes this claim, and see that he’s not exactly competent in the field.
Any preacher that professes Christ in the name of evolution is doing himself and his parishioners a big disservice because they are not giving God or His Word, the Bible, the authority it deserves. Thanks to those people who are teaching evolution, Christianity is losing over 75% of their youth. (Barna Research, 2000)
Phenomenal! I’m glad you had some good news to share, Mr Lally!
I have to disagree, though. Any preacher willing to acknowledge reality and reason is doing his parishioners a favor. If that drives them away from the lies of religion, he’s doing them an even greater service.
As a retired science teacher I assure you that we were super naturally created by intelligence, a God of super natural powers. And fortunately, we were given a written history of this account in the Bible and in the Torah.
Green Township, NJ
I pity your former students, and I’m overjoyed that you’re finally out of the school system.