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Florida Evolution Editorial, 2008

Florida Citizens for Science drew attention to a Florida editorial criticizing evolution.

[name of author],

As someone who has been following the "academic freedom" debate in Florida and around the country, I received your article about the likelihood of evolution.
Let me assure you, as someone who has asked questions and investigated, that evolution is accurate. There is no need to work in "intelligent design" or "unknowns" to make that claim, it is a matter of admitting that evolution is the only logical explanation for both Christians and atheists.
You presented several questions about evolution, but did not talk much about answers. The first point you make, about the mouth and wanting to eat, appears to be a chicken-or-the-egg kind of question. The best way to understand how something evolved is to trace it back to its simplest forms:

Even bacteria absorb food and use enzyme proteins to dissolve it. There is no need for this eater to have "intention" to eat. A jellyfish also kills and eats simply by drifting through the water. Similar animals evolved solid bodies, and therefore solid mouths and stronger bites. Still, there's no need for "intention." Skipping quite a few million years further... when our stomachs are empty, it hurts. We learn as babies that the hurt goes away when we get food. I'm sure the same is true for all other animals that care for their babies (going back to the dinosaur ages).
Every part of the body has a similar story. I suggest either watching the History Channel's new Evolve series or requesting The Ancestor's Tale from your library (information about these at the end of my e-mail).

Your article links to Answers in Genesis, and I agree that they are a good source for the creationist viewpoint. But that site continues on to blame biology studies for school shootings, and to seriously ask whether unicorns were real animals. The day these topics are taken seriously in the biology classroom is a sad day for all of us.

You may feel as if this is a religious struggle. I can assure you that this is not the Christian/Atheist divide portrayed by creationist films like "Expelled". The Clergy Letter Project lists over 400 Christian leaders in Florida (over 11,500 nationwide) who affirm that "evolution is a foundational scientific truth." I am linking to this project at the end of my e-mail, so that hopefully you can meet a Christian evolutionist in your area.

Hoping this made more sense than that 'random evolution' stuff

Nicholas Doiron
Student, Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

History Channel's Evolve Series:
http://www.history.com/search.do?action=scheduleSearch&searchText=Evolve
The Ancestor's Tale: http://www.amazon.com/Ancestors-Tale-Pilgrimage-Dawn-Evolution/dp/061861916X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219290938&sr=8-1
Clergy Letter Project: http://www.butler.edu/clergyproject/religion_science_collaboration.htm

I received a reply to this e-mail asking more questions, but I did not continue the discussion.