This is as good as it gets. It’s a letter-to-the-editor appearing in the Knoxville News Sentinel of Knoxville, Tennessee. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font added by us.
It’s titled Mountains of evidence support creationism, and it’s from Jeremy Faison — a gen-u-wine member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. That link to his page at the legislature informs us that he “attended” Clearwater Christian College and Northland Baptist Bible College, so he knows what he’s talking about.
Jeremy is writing to clear his good name in response to a letter in the paper that appeared a month ago — it’s the fourth one down here, titled Evolved snakes take on talking snakes. Okay, here’s Jeremy’s letter:
This new bill does not put creation into our curriculum or require teachers to address it in any way.
He’s referring to the creationism bill we’ve been writing about (see Tennessee 2011 Creationism Bill: It’s Dead). Let’s read on:
I stood up on the House floor to defend this bill, and have been misquoted by the letter writer from Oak Ridge. I want readers to know exactly what I said. (You can verify this at the General Assembly website: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us. Search for HB 368 video and fast forward to 3:10:42.) I said, “Evolution between one species to another has never been proven.”
Oh, so that’s what he said. Well okay then. We continue:
Personally, I whole-heartedly embrace the Genesis 1 account. Evolution from one species to another is a theory — one that, for me, requires blind faith to believe in. Contrary to the writer’s statements, the battle of evolution versus creation is still very much alive today.
Jeremy is truly a great man. Here’s more:
I represent East Tennessee. Most of us believe in God. Most of us believe in creation. Most of us stand behind teachers who want to give honest answers to honest questions.
The folks in East Tennessee must be proud of Jeremy. This is how the letter ends:
The gentleman from Oak Ridge [who wrote the earlier letter] purposefully misconstrued my words while choosing to ignore mountains of evidence that scream intelligent design.
He’s got a point — who can ignore those mountains of evidence?
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