Among the belief systems of the world, evolutionism can be classified as an endangered species. Though it has many followers, it is not a “healthy” belief that can survive on its own. Other belief systems survive because they are supported or confirmed by scientific evidence and rational thinking. Not so with evolution. It survives only because it enjoys special protection under the law, which is afforded only to endangered species that cannot compete without such help.
Many beliefs are justified; there are good reasons to continue to believe in them. If someone asked why we believe in the law of gravity, we could easily give some good reasons. We could point out the success of the law of gravity in making specific successful predictions about the positions of planets, or the success of laboratory experiments which involve the law of gravity. The law of gravity survives as an idea because of its merit. It is well-supported by science.
But what about evolution? When we ask people why they believe in evolution, what kind of answers do we get? Some will respond that all life uses DNA, and has certain genetic similarities. In the creation view, all original kinds of organisms were made by God, and so creationists also expect a hierarchy of genetic similarities. So do genetic similarities support evolution, or creation? An evolutionist might respond that organisms which have more similar traits have more similar DNA. But creationists also expect this, since creationists teach that DNA codes for traits. Genetic similarities are certainly not evidence of evolution against creation since both views expect this.
What about the fossil record? Some evolutionists might claim that the fossils show a continuum of transitions of one kind of organism to another. But when we look at the actual examples suggested, we find that most are easily classified as one discrete kind of organism or another. In other words, they show variation within a kind but not between the major kinds – just as creationists would expect. The few cases that are offered as transitions between major kinds are always artist’s conceptions based on one or a few bones – not actual evidence. So the fossil record seems to be on the side of creation and the Genesis Flood.
What about vestigial organs? These are organs for which we do not know their purpose, and which evolutionists assume are “leftovers” from a previous stage of evolution. But the reasoning is fallacious. Just because we don’t know the purpose or function of something does not mean that it has no purpose or function. Many of the organs that were once classified as vestigial are now known to have vital functions. Even if we did find a legitimate vestigial organ, would it really prove evolution? Something becoming useless sounds more like “devolution.” An organ becoming useful would be a lot more impressive. But that isn’t what we find.
Some people might argue that we should believe in evolution since the majority of scientists do. But this is simply the fallacy of the faulty appeal to authority. It’s not a rational reason. An argument should be evaluated on its merit, not on who believes it. Some might say that we should believe in evolution because it’s the “scientific position.” But since they can’t provide any scientific evidence, such a claim is vacuous and quite ironic. It would seem that evolution is without any logical or scientific support whatsoever. If it were allowed to compete with creation under fair circumstances, evolution would quickly go extinct.
Even though many people still believe in evolution (perhaps many more than believe in creation), it is nonetheless an endangered species because it cannot survive on its own. Our government has generously protected evolutionism, by ensuring that it alone may be taught in government schools where it can flourish unimpeded by science, rational scrutiny, or competing models. Teachers are not permitted to discuss or acknowledge the existence of competing models, thus ensuring that students are brainwashed into only one unquestionable doctrine.
Just as we are not allowed to harm any other endangered species, evolutionism is protected by law and may not be questioned. It is protected from the scientific method – the very process which has led to the demise of so many other ideas: geocentrism, spontaneous generation, alchemy, and so on. Perhaps these old ideas would still be in favor today if the government had given them the protection that it gives to evolutionism.
 See for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_transitional_fossils