In USA Today, of all places:
The campaign to eliminate God from the public forum has been going on for decades, having accelerated greatly since the Supreme Court’s ill-advised decision in 1963 to eliminate prayer from public schools. And I believe those fighting against the teaching of intelligent design in schools have an ulterior motive to eliminate references to God from the entire public forum.
The argument over classroom discussion of evolution vs. divine design is just the latest attack on everything that would mention a belief in God. If you talk against Darwinian evolution in the classroom, you immediately incur the rage of those who don’t want God discussed in any way, shape or form.
These vehement critics claim that there are mountains of scientific proof that man evolved from some lower species also related to apes. But in this tremendous effort to support Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, in all these “mountains of information,” there has not been any scientific fossil evidence linking apes to man.
The trouble with the “missing link” is that it is still missing! In fact, the whole fossil chain that could link apes to man is also missing! The theory of evolution, which states that man evolved from some other species, has more holes in it than a crocheted bathtub.
PZ Myers is going to have a damned stroke when he sees this. Best of all, this is from our good buddy Utah State Senator Chis Buttars (R- West Jordan), wing-nut extraordinaire. You remember him, don’t you:
State Senator Chris Buttars (R-West Jordan) has agreed to take the lead in pushing new legislation on the teaching of divine design, also known as intelligent design, in conjunction with evolution in schools.
Buttars is supported by a strong conservative lobby, headed by the Eagle Forum, which has previously sought the inclusion of divine design in the public school science curriculum.
School officials argue that any laws requiring the teaching of divine design could be found in violation of the separation of church and state under the First Amendment…
Buttars doesn’t disregard evolution completely, rather he believes God is the creator, but His creations have evolved within their own species.
“We get different types of dogs and different types of cats, but you have never seen a ‘dat,’ ‘’ he said.
Why the hell was this crap even in USA Today? It is utter specious bullshit, and has been debunked so many times it gets silly. First, the fact that it is extremely amazing that fossils even exist at all, given the conditions required for them to be formed:
Fossilisation is the process of forming a fossil. Fossilisation of a whole plant or animal is very rare. Often only the hard parts of plants, such as seeds and wood, and the bones and teeth of animals become fossilised. Most animals and plants that become fossilised had either lived in water or were washed into it after they died. After this, the following process takes place:
1.) the soft parts of the plant or animal rot away, leaving the woody parts or bones, teeth or shell
2.) the hard parts are buried under layers of sediment, sand, mud or lime, usually in a lake, swamp or cave
3.) the sand, mud or lime that covered the plants and animals is turned into sandstone, shale or limestone
4.) over millions of years, the sandstone, shale or limestone is buried very deep and is compressed by the layers above, becoming hard rock
5.) eventually the parts of the plant or animal which survive, become soaked with minerals and undergo a chemical change which creates fossils.
It is simply amazing that fossils exist. Period. Asking for a complete record is absurd, and even if a complete record did exist, the creationist nuts would just claim that the differences in the fossil records were not examples of evolution, but just different God-made animals. Or something like that. But, one more time, although I have a feeling I am preaching to the choir:
Q: If evolution is true, then why are there so many gaps in the fossil record? Shouldn’t there be more transitional fossils?
A: Due to the rarity of preservation and the likelihood that speciation occurs in small populations during geologically short periods of time, transitions between species are uncommon in the fossil record. Transitions at higher taxonomic levels, however, are abundant. See the Transitional Vertebrate Fossils FAQ, the Fossil Hominids FAQ, 29 Evidences for Macroevolution: Intermediate and Transitional Forms, the Punctuated Equilibria FAQ, and the February 1998 Post of the Month Missing links still missing!?.
Q: No one has ever directly observed evolution happening, so how do you know it’s true?
A: Evolution has been observed, both directly and indirectly. It is true. See the Five Major Misconceptions about Evolution FAQ: Evolution Has Never Been Observed and 29 Evidences for Macroevolution.
That is a mountain of evidence that would silence normal people. But let’s revisit the op-ed one more time:
The trouble with the “missing link” is that it is still missing! In fact, the whole fossil chain that could link apes to man is also missing!
A wry observer might look at this nearly ten year old debunking of those claims titled the Missing links still missing!? and think that creationists, divine designers, and their cohorts all over the country are impervious to fact,and simply bring up the same stupid damned arguments every time they get a microphone or a column inch.
Via Kevin Drum, who has some questions of his own.
And this article on Intelligent Design in Tech Central Station is just an absolute disgrace.