Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Columbia County News-Times of Evans, Georgia, a suburb of Augusta. It’s titled Science does not support evolution. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Because we don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians or otherwise in the public eye), we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:
In Steve Crawford’s article, “GOP beliefs seem to be evolving,” January 15, 2014, he makes an assumption, which is not correct. He states, “I know many reject the idea that humans and other creatures have evolved and changed over time, based on their religious beliefs.”
He’s talking about this: GOP beliefs seem to be evolving, which discusses the recent poll that shows Republicans becoming increasingly creationist. He agrees with what your Curmudgeon has also concluded, and attributes the poll results to the decline in the overall number of Republicans, which leaves a concentrated creationist residue who choose to remain in that party.
Today’s letter-writer ignores the statistics. Numbers don’t interest him. Instead, he disagrees about the scientific validity of evolution, and informs us:
At one time, it was true that our rejection of evolution was based upon our religious faith alone; but today we have scientific facts that support creation, the Biblical record, and not evolution. We now know the evidence used in the 40s and 50s was false!
It must be nice to live in a world of fantasy rather than one based on facts. And lucky. Just a few years ago, a world of fantasy would have resulted in being eaten.