Remember: Evolution is a theory

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By Angelo Sciulli

The letter “No credible evidence of reptile-to-bird” in the Sept. 3 edition of The Lancaster News has factual errors. The article that prompted the letter is a story about “4-H chickens greet returning North Elementary students.”

In a sidebar, there is a factoid stating: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg? According to National Geographic, scientists have settled that dispute once and for all. They say the egg came first since reptiles were laying eggs thousands of years before chickens appeared. The first chicken came from a bird that wasn’t quite a chicken.

The sidebar in the newspaper doesn’t say National Geographic scientists. It is referencing the magazine as a source reporting conclusions by scientists. Nor does it say or claim reptiles lay bird eggs. But it does say that reptiles laid eggs before chickens – reptiles can and do lay eggs. The green anole (sometimes called a chameleon) is common in Lancaster County and lays eggs.

Attempts to legislate teaching creationism in schools have been successfully challenged (McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education) on the basis of the First and Fourteenth amendments. Claiming other reasons for not teaching it is an opinion and not a fact.

I have been fortunate enough to see the hand of God in the polar bears playing in Manitoba, sunrises in the Rocky Mountains, Alaskan Glaciers calving, humpback whales breaching in Newfoundland, lions resting in the Masai Mara and even the flightless cormorants in the Galapagos Islands where Darwin had the seeds of his theory planted.

The only thing I will say about evolution is that it is a theory and never presented as a fact. It can either be accepted or not.

Angelo Sciulli