Darwin's theory that all earthly life originated from a spark and evolved by mutation and natural selection, during a period of four billion years, into every species that has lived and is living has been challenged by Creationists time and again but it has withstood every challenge to date. The latest two, Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity, have been debated and debunked. The evidence for evolution is so strong and complete that it is considered a fact by the majority of the scientific community.
Here are disquieting words from William Provine, biologist, at Cornell: "Modern science directly implies that there is no inherent moral or ethical laws, no absolute guiding principles for human society. ... We must conclude that when we die, we die, and that is the end of us. ... Finally, free will as it is traditionally conceived -- the freedom to make uncoerced and unpredictable choices among alternative courses of action -- simply does not exist. ... There is no way that the evolutionary process as currently conceived can produce a being that is truly free to make moral choices."
Emile Zola, a leading champion of Captain Dreyfus in the affair that split for years political France, wrote "J'accuse" on Dreyus' behalf. Zola was sentenced to jail for his famous article but he escaped to England. Zola would be proud to know that anger and jeers and murderous retaliation have not shut the voices of reason and dissent, nor shut those voices who refuse to be sheep, even if it entails a loss of sleep, or worse.
Mann is a lawyer who lives in Hinton.