Feature Article - December 2008
by Do-While Jones

A Bad Year for Evolutionists

2008 was a bad year for evolutionists, which ironically made it a tough year for us.

A reader who calls himself, “Atari” sent us an email which said, in part,

Each new article for the year 2008 seems to be, more or less, about politics and personal views than about scientific facts. Is it a slow month, or is that the theme therefore?

You once stated that your box of material to write about was filling up faster than you could possibly write about it, and thus it would not deteriorate for a long time, therefore; I am loath to think that you may simply have nothing remaining to refute.

We were hoping nobody would notice, but since he did, we dare not duck the issue.

Things That Didn’t Happen

The Mars missions did not find any hint of past or present life on Mars. Nobody discovered a new human ancestor. They didn’t discover any missing links of any kind, for that matter. They didn’t create life in the laboratory again this past year. There wasn’t even any new DNA evidence. For evolutionists, 2008 was a total bust.

Since evolutionists didn’t make any new outrageous “scientific” claims, we didn’t have anything to refute.

We’ve never had a grand outline of topics for our newsletter. It’s a newsletter—that means we react to what’s in the news. If there is no misleading news, there is nothing for us to put into proper perspective.

The evolutionary news of 2008 was mostly political rather than scientific. Ben Stein’s movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed examined evolution from an academic freedom point of view rather than from a scientific point of view. Jerry Bergman’s book, Slaughter of the Dissidents: The Shocking Truths about Killing the Careers of Darwin Doubters offers more evidence in the same vein. We mention them only in passing because there isn’t much we can say other than, “They’re right.”

Wait Until Next Year

Perhaps the news media’s understandable interest in the American presidential election diverted their attention away from the theory of evolution. We expect things to change next February 12, which is “Darwin Day.”

Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. This year [2009] marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. 1

Evolutionists will certainly do something spectacular to celebrate Darwin’s birth. Perhaps they haven’t published much in 2008 because they are holding it for a big blitz in 2009. Meanwhile, the Discovery Institute wants to protest evolution by making February 12, 2009, Academic Freedom Day. 2 We will have to wait and see and react when it happens.

Yes, it has been a slow news year, from an evolutionary point of view. And yes, we do have a backlog of material from previous months and years that we can use. And yes, after 12 years of 12 newsletters each, there remains very little to refute. So, the challenge for us next year will be to remain current and topical in the absence of new claims from evolutionists. We will do our best to rise to the challenge.

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1 http://www.darwinday.org/
2 http://www.academicfreedomday.com/