AS a special treat, dear reader, we bring you two — yes, two! — letters-to-the-editor, both of which appear in the Bowling Green Daily News, located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. These two letters are in response to an essay by Jim Gaines appearing in that same paper a week ago. Gaines criticized the Creation Museum run by Ken Ham.
You already know about the Creation Museum, a bible theme park pretending to be science. This is Gaines’ “offending” article: ‘Museum’ mangles facts, faith. Gaines is a reporter for tthe Bowling Green Daily News, and by our count he’s one of four people named Gaines on the staff of that publication. His job is probably secure.
The first of today’s letters, Jim Gaines column was simply wrong, requires no commentary from us. It’s so filled with wall to wall creationisms that we’ll just copy it in its entirety, omitting only the writer’s name and city. We will, however, add some bold font for emphasis:
This letter is in response to Jim Gaines’ column on the Creation Museum in Sunday’s paper.
I am not going to present an argument for creationism instead of evolution. If people truly want to know the truth, they can research it on their own. There is much scientific evidence out there in favor of creationism, and in fact the theory of evolution (note the word theory – it has still never been proven factual) is currently being refuted by many well-respected scientists.
Readers might want to rent the movie “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” with Ben Stein. I am writing to express my frustration at the way in which Gaines unapologetically mocks evangelical Christian beliefs.
His statements about our beliefs regarding creationism were often incomplete, inaccurate, totally misconstrued or at best misunderstood. I am an intelligent college graduate, a writer and editor, as well as a homeschooling mother of four.
And do you know what? I believe the Bible is complete and absolute truth. It is God’s Word, written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. You can think that makes me an idiot if you please. Gaines obviously does. But in our politically correct day and age, I find it hard to believe that he would feel comfortable writing and publishing anything so openly scornful against any other religious group of people.
It seems to me that the message of the day is tolerance; yet the very ones who preach it refuse to tolerate Christianity. “Ken Ham and his minions,” as Mr. Gaines put it, do not have to worry about “saving Christianity” or about making the Bible valuable. Christianity and the Bible have obviously stood the test of time.
Truth has a way of doing that, you know.
Not bad, huh? Well, hold on, because you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Here’s the second letter-to-the-editor, which is also in today’s edition of the Bowling Green Daily News — Gaines’ column was secular propoganda. For this one we’ll supply a bit of Curmudgeonly commentary between excerpted paragraphs. Here we go:
Jim Gaines is finally overt in his attempt to pervert the beliefs of the populace. Normally, one must read between the lines to get to his secular propaganda.
That’s an encouraging beginning. Let’s read on:
Being a scientist myself (professional engineer) and having read the works of Einstein and Carl Sagan, among others, I understand that it takes as much faith to believe in science as it does in intelligent design (God). Just as the “Big Bang theory” requires all the physical laws to be disregarded, evolution also is not internally consistent with probability, thermodynamics (irreversible processes and entropy) and methodology. Furthermore, it seems to me unethical for secular scientists to ostracize and censor those who do not fit the secular mold.
That’s quite a paragraph! This “scientist-engineer” is, we suspect, intellectually unqualified even to be a cleaner of septic tanks. He’s read “the works of Einstein and Carl Sagan”? Jeepers, that’s impressive! But how did he come up with that strange pairing of names? Neither has much to say about the contents of the Creation Museum. We suspect the only reason the letter-writer mentioned them is because he dimly remembered their names from something he saw on television. His knowledge of thermodynamics is about as masterful as his understanding of ethics. We continue:
As for the lack of honesty on the part of the museum manager, according to Gaines, it pales to the dishonesty perpetrated by the purveyors of theory as fact. Carbon dating, anthropology and the like explain only how “scientists” wish things were, not the truth.
Yes, the letter-writer has figured it out. Everything in science is a fraud — everything! Here’s his final paragraph. It’s so saturated with creationist foolishness that it requires no commentary from us. We’ll just let it flow:
If you want truth, read God’s word! I wonder if Gaines ever has. He certainly has read the secularists! God is not held to the laws of nature. If he wants to make something appear as millions of years old, which he did, nothing constrains him. He warns of those who foolishly seek false knowledge! I think it’s high time we ostracize those of us in this small community who believe and publish lies that seek to disrupt. The Bible tells us to just wipe our feet and move on when we fail with the unbeliever. And remember, if you doubt what God is written, either you are wrong or God is a liar!
Note from the Curmudgeon to himself: If at all possible, avoid visiting, passing through, or going anywhere near Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Update: See Kentucky “Creation Museum” Arouses Passions.
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