Creationist Wisdom #432: Kindness and Mercy

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida. The title is Reject God; Accept Bullying.

We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we’ll just use the letter-writer’s first name, which is Ken. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

What in the world are journalistic and educational industries doing complaining about the rise of the practice of bullying among our young people? They are partly responsible for the development of this aggressive trait. In the last century, they and many other professionals in American culture consciously decided to jettison the Christian underpinnings that this great nation was founded upon.

Bullying exists because we have abandoned the “Christian underpinnings that this great nation was founded upon.” Ken is off to a great start. Oh, regarding the nation’s Christian underpinnings, see Is America a “Christian Nation”? Then Ken tells us:

But it is Christianity — true Christianity, not just an outward facade — that can change a selfish individual and cause him or her to instead become a gracious and kind person who demonstrates care and consideration for others.

Religion can have that effect. But whether it’s a requirement for kindness is another issue. And whether kindness can only come from Ken’s personal version of “true” Christianity — whatever that might be — is an entirely different issue. We get the impression that Ken imagines he’s the only kind man in existence. Let’s read on:

Instead of the kindly graces deriving from Christianity, they have chosen to embrace the dog-eat-dog (bullying) ideology of evolution and the empty philosophy of self-exalting (bullying) humanism.

There it is — that’s what we were looking for. Evolution is the dog-eat-dog ideology of bullying. Without Darwin and his evil works, there would be no bullies! Ken continues:

These ideologies have helped to wreck our society and corrupt our young people.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s talking about you, dear reader! And now we come to the end:

These philosophies have no power to make an individual kind or merciful unless they borrow concepts from Christianity.

Pay heed to Ken. Evolution is a dreadful theory! Why? Because it can’t make you kind and merciful. Neither can chemistry, physics, or all those other horrible things. They’ve all got to go!

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #432: Kindness and Mercy

  1. No true Scotsman is a bully…

  2. Does this mean we won’t be using eugenics to create the perfect bully now our cover has been blown?

  3. One could certainly make the case that kindness among humans is a trait that would be favored by natural selection. Think about it — what woman would want to hook up with a brutish, bullying thug? And what man would be attracted to a mean, controlling woman? Kindness has many rewards. We are kind because it’s in our own best interests.

  4. The only place I was ever bullied was at the VERY xtian catlicker school, not at the the more secular high schools.

  5. retiredsciguy says: “We are kind because it’s in our own best interests.”

    Bah! Cruelty is my way. No true Darwinist is kind.

  6. In the last century, they and many other professionals in American culture consciously decided to jettison the Christian underpinnings that this great nation was founded upon.

    So what Ken is saying is that when the catholics, quakers, et. al were being bullied and denied religious liberty by fundamentalist christian witch hunters, that was okay?

    And it is absolutely true that it is not a requirement to be a christian, muslim, jew, et. al to be a good person. That’s the old argument thrown out by the absolutists who are purer than anyone else, just ask them.

  7. The Curmudgeon says: “Bah! Cruelty is my way. No true Darwinist is kind.”

    No soup for you!

  8. It is inconceivable when talking about mistreating people in the first years of the USA that the subject of slavery is not noted. The protections for its preservation in the Constitution and its justification by Bible-based Christianity are too much to be ignored.

  9. I corrected the typos (in bold):

    “Instead of the kindly graces deriving from my radical paranoid authoritarian ideology that I grotesquely call ‘Christianity’, they have chosen to embrace the dog-eat-dog (bullying) ideology of ‘thou shalt not bear false witness’…”

    The “wisdom” calls to mind a memorable quote from a scientist reacting to the Discoveroids’ 2000 dog-and-pony show to woo (in both senses of the word!) Congress: “So much for the pretense that the debate is over the science.”

  10. @RSG: in a broader context your point has been addressed in this research:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4341

    It’s the account of a five years research in Siberia. You don’t have to be a genius to understand that mutual aid works better when combined with kindness.

  11. Con-Tester

    The proposal that Crushtianity (or any other religion) is the wellspring of kindness, mercy and morality is as ill-informed as it is self-serving. Religions have hijacked these most basic of human predispositions, Stockholmed them, wrapped them up in barbed wire and sold them back to people by way of sacrifices and the donation plate.

    Sure, kindness and mercy can be inspired by this avenue, but so can the most heinous atrocities. People are often kind and merciful despite what their religious beliefs would dictate, which means that their moral sense does not originate from those teachings.

    These are the “kindly graces” the Kens of the world studiously ignore.

  12. Oops, l’Anonyme, c’est moi.

  13. @Con: when I asked a Dutch christian about this verse he told me it is testimony of profound psychological insight.