Misinformation of fossilization should raise education concerns
Here’s a quiz. Which one of these modern items has been found fossilized?1. A hat
3. A boot with partial foot
4. A ham
5. A bag of flour
Answer: NONE OF THEM. Mary Weigand erroneously claimed these items have been found fossilized. Fossilization occurs when minerals replace the original organic material. The items above are examples of concretion or calcification. This is where the original organic material remains and is only covered with minerals leached from surrounding strata by water. This is similar to the calcium build up on your faucet. Mary should check the validity of her creationist sources by going to www.talkorigins.org to debunk this and other creationist canards.
The overwhelming evidence for the theory of evolution is not at all dependent on how fast or slow fossils form. This is a straw man argument. The evidence for evolution spans many disciplines from genetics to paleontology to embryology and beyond. Evolution is the foundation of all the life sciences that we use today. Try Jerry A. Coyne’s book “Why Evolution is True” for a comprehensive explanation of the evidence for evolution. Creationism has no scientific evidence in its favor and must rely on fallacious arguments like the one above to trick people into believing in it.
We should be concerned that West Bend School Board member Dave Weigand, Mary’s husband, shares these fundamentalist ideological views. One might think that his recent support for Pastor Bruce Dunford’s charter school proposal was based on his personal relationship with his clergyman or his religious ideology and not on the betterment of the schools of West Bend. It would be unfortunate if Dave would, so easily, cast away his vaunted fiscally conservative values in favor of a constitutionally dubious, financially reckless and unproven religious charter school proposal.
Joseph A. Palma, West Bend