TODAY’s letter-to-the-editor captured our attention because of its intriguing title: Far right goes Darwinist. It appears in the Monterey County Herald, daily newspaper published in Monterey, California.
Although this letter is very short, it’s also very strange, and it took us a couple of readings to figure out what it actually says. The only reason we bothered was because of the title. After we finally understood what’s going on here, we realized that it teaches us far more about creationism than the letter-writer intended.
Essentially, the letter-writer claims that the far right (creationists all) endorse Darwinism. Strange. Then he gives a bunch of his personal budgetary minutiae, and claims that if he can’t pay his bills without welfare (which he says is the ideal of the far right) then you die (which is his definition of “Darwinism”). Clever, huh?
Today’s letter-writer is telling us that he needs (or at least he wants) a new government (i.e. taxpayer-funded) welfare program. If he doesn’t get what he wants he’s going to die, and that’s “Darwinism,” which is pure evil. But if he gets his welfare, what then? He lives — and that’s creationism — which is pure good, right?
Are we reading too much into this? The letter is almost as cryptic as a Nostradamus verse, but we think we’ve extracted the writer’s meaning.
What we found interesting about this letter is that a gut-level creationist favors the welfare state. Actually, the combination of creationism and welfare-statism isn’t surprising. Considering that the creationists’ political roots go back to William Jennings Bryan, it’s inevitable that creationists would be a mob of populists and so-called progressives.
Welfare and Noah’s Ark — quite a combo! But why are so many creationists in the Republican party?
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