Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Peoria Journal Star located in Peoria, Illinois, and it’s titled Bible predicted foolish people who pretend to be wise.
That title gives us a creepy feeling, which means that this promises to be a good letter. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:
In the beginning there was a vast, infinite space and total darkness, with no matter of any kind, a total vacuum.
Is anyone familiar with that theory? Does it sound like either science or theology? Perhaps it’ll get cleared up as we proceed:
According to the theory of evolution, eons ago dust gathered and created sand and clay particles.
Ah — so that’s the theory of evolution! Let’s read on:
In time more complex elements were created such as iron and copper ore. Over a long time came more advanced metallurgical elements such as nickel, boron, chrome, niobium and additional elements, then precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum.
Uh huh — first there was sand and clay. Then came elements such as “iron and copper ore.” And after that came more complex elements. Hmmmm. Let’s think about this. We’ll list those elements in the sequence presented by the letter-writer, and for each one we’ll also give you its atomic number — the number of protons in the nucleus.
We’re told that the “evolutionary” progression is as follows: iron’s atomic number is 26, copper is 29. Observe that there is no mention of hydrogen, helium, carbon, oxygen, or any of the other simple elements. After that — in the letter-writer’s sequence — came “more advanced metallurgical elements”: nickel is 28, boron is 5 (Oops!), chromium is 24, niobium is 41, gold is 79, silver is 47 and lastly platinum, which has 78 protons. That’s a strange creation sequence. The letter continues:
Then water was created, huge quantities of it. Later evolution took a huge leap with the creation of energy – trillion of stars radiating unimaginable quantities of heat!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:
There are many brilliant scientists on the Earth. However, not one has ever been able to create one grain of sand, nor one drop of water, nor one BTU of energy from nothing. Yet they believe in evolution.
Obviously, those “brilliant scientists” are idiots. Then we’re told that the letter-writer doesn’t find this surprising because:
Brilliant fools were predicted nearly 2,000 years ago.
The letter ends with a rather large scripture quote — the one that finishes with this:
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
Okay, dear reader, that’s the letter. Like you, we don’t know what to make of it. But it’s certainly original, and therefore it deserves an honored place in our collection.
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