Creationist Wisdom #521: Thrasher at FSU

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Tallahassee Democrat of Tallahassee, the capital of the State of Florida. It’s also the home of Florida State University (FSU).

We wrote about that university a few months ago — see was Creationist President for Florida State University? — when its Board of Trustees was about to appoint John E. Thrasher, a creationist politician, to be the school’s new president.

The letter is titled Thrasher is right on evolution. It’s the second letter on that page, and if you hunt around, there is a comments section.

We usually won’t embarrass letter-writers by using their full names — unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures, but this one is an exception. He signs his name as DR. JIM NALLS, and he is (or used to be) pastor of the First Baptist Church Monticello, located in Monticello, Florida, which is about 25 miles from Tallahassee. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

There may be several reasons not to like Mr. Thrasher as President of Florida State but let us give him his due. He is too intelligent to believe in the theory of evolution.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We already like this letter. Then the rev says:

Reality tells us that there is not even one piece of evidence in the world to prove the theory, and history tells us that Darwin renounced his theory before he died.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Even Ken Ham advises his drooling fans not to use that one — See: Darwin’s Deathbed Recantation: It’s Dead! Let’s read on:

Darwin is now joined by tens of thousands of scientists from all over the world who have renounced the theory. Mr. Thrasher is in very great academic company.

Tens of thousands? Lordy, lordy. The rev continues:

To believe that every form of life in the world is the result of some green scum in some pond somewhere is not intelligent at all.

The rev knows what’s intelligent. He proves it with the final words of his inspiring letter:

To all of you who believe the lie, you need to realize your theory is old-fashioned, out-dated, unproven, unrealistic, unintelligent, unreliable and — to be honest — in the world of reality, just plain stupid.

Great letter, rev! Really, one of the best in our collection.

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #521: Thrasher at FSU

  1. There is a communal comment section for all the day’s letters. It can be accessed by icons at top and bottom of the page.

  2. I’m eagerly awaiting Jimmy boy’s submission of the data that supports an alternative to evolution by natural selection that explains the diversity of life on this planet. Oh, wait, there is none. Whew! Glad I wasn’t holding my breath.

  3. @abeastwood
    You await data that support an alternative.
    I’m waiting for a description of an alternative. What happens that leads to the variety of life on Earth. After all, how can we consider what supports the alternative, if we don’t know what that alternative is?

  4. To believe that every form of life in the world is the result of some green scum…

    Well, then. He’s talking about the Green Scum Theory. For a while, I thought he was talking about evolution.

    The problem with the GST is that green scum would be somewhat advanced compared to the original form of life, whatever that was. I’m thinking photosynthesis would be present to account for the green color, and surely that is very evolved. I have to agree with the writer that the evolution of all life from green pond scum is very unlikely.

    John Thrasher, on the other hand, is probably of the opinion that god either (a) spoke all life into existence at once and planted false evidence to deceive the heathens among us, or (b) guided it’s development over time in a manner that looks a lot like descent with modification, i.e. evolution. I doubt Thrasher even knows about the Green Scum Theory, except as it applies to swimming pools.

  5. Thrasher by name, thrasher by nature.

  6. TBW, there are comments accepted. Three negative responses when I looked.
    When someone makes such an exaggerated claim as there being tens of thousands of scientists who have renounced “the theory”, one should ask: with so much brain power, what has been produced?

  7. Ken Phelps says: “There is a communal comment section for all the day’s letters. It can be accessed by icons at top and bottom of the page.”

    Thanks. I edited the post to reflect this.

  8. The whole truth

    Thrasher and Nalls both have a severe case of Oogity Boogity-itis and need appropriate doses of Curmudgeonite.

  9. Ah, yes — a Southern Baptist preacher pretending to be an expert on a scientific topic. Makes me want to pretend to be an expert about religion — you’re lyin’, Preacher Nalls, and yer goin’ straight to Hell for it.

    The bigger problem, though, is how FSU’s academic community feels about having creationist John E. Thrasher as their president. I’m sure the alumni couldn’t care less — just so long as they keep winning football games.

  10. Reality tells us that there is not even one piece of evidence in the world to prove the theory, and history tells us that Darwin renounced his theory before he died.

    Reality tells us that no evidence whatever will prove evolution to someone who recognizes only the Bible as understood in the sixteenth century as a reliable source of information about the origin of species.

  11. Charles Deetz ;)

    De-Nile is a river in Africa … and an obvious problem for Dr. Nalls.

  12. No evidence for evolution… Scientists are renouncing it… Darwin recanted on his death bed…

    The important thing to understand is that they actually believe these canards, these arrant frauds, these base, bloated, flatulent straight-up lies. Since they believe them, are they lying when they relay them?

    The answer is yes, they are lying.

    This man claims a doctorate, and even in the Southern Baptists, some book-learning is required of pastors – but his scholarship does not extend to the most cursory check of his claims. They can only derive from the far reaches of the creationist noise machine, and from no source remotely connected to the actual science. Blind parrotting of easily exploded and foolish fictions can only mean that his ignorance is cultivated and cherished, a rare hothouse cultivar that cannot survive contact with reality. He has therefore intentionally insulated himself from reality. That intent, in and of itself, constitutes a lie. He is not merely ignorant. He is a liar.

    For the purposes of delivering such lies, he has renounced the evidence of his senses. He is one who has gouged out his own eyes, and now claims that light is an illusion.

    Talk about “blind guides”! I don’t think it’s going to happen, mind, but if he ever does meet the man he calls God, I think he will be astonished at his reception.

  13. A beautiful post, Dave Luckett, and so much more eloquent than my “you’re lyin’, Preacher Nalls, and yer goin’ straight to Hell for it.”

    Especially —
    “For the purposes of delivering such lies, he has renounced the evidence of his senses. He is one who has gouged out his own eyes, and now claims that light is an illusion.”

    You are gifted, Sir.