Creationist Wisdom #600: Evolution Ruins Lives

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Idaho Press-Tribune of Nampa, Idaho. It’s titled More evidence for creation than evolution. The newspaper has a comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. He has a great first name — Rory. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

The speculations about evolution continue. More theories, ideas and wishful thinking just keep coming, but there is no real evidence to support this “theory.”

Great beginning, isn’t it? We’re delighted that this letter is number 600 in our collection. Then Rory says:

We have trained up generations on this swill, and we see the results in the shootings, carnage and ruined lives of its adherents.

He’s right — all those senseless shootings we hear about are done by evolutionists! Let’s read on:

Evidences for creation fit far better with the reality we see around us, and most people know this.

Too bad Rory didn’t mention any of that evidence, but he really doesn’t need to, does he? His letter continues:

So why insist upon evolution-only education in our Humanist schools?

Great question! You don’t have to sit there in confusion, because Rory tells us why:

Answered my own question — to produce Humanists who believe man is his own god.

Obviously. Here’s more:

Have you seen what we are doing to each other? Wars without end, suffering, famines and all of it at mans’ own hands.

War, famine, suffering — all because we’re teaching evolution! Hey — the next excerpt is important:

This all has been prophesied in the Bible for almost 2,000 years that the end times would be so.

Yes — oh yes! — it’s all been foretold. And now we come to the end of the letter:

This world is failing. Do you know the Creator, and are you ready for the new world to come?

Don’t even try to debate Rory, dear reader. He’s way ahead of you. Great letter!

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17 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #600: Evolution Ruins Lives

  1. Rory, let me know when your sky fairy gets here. PS: I’m not holding my breath.

  2. Dave Luckett

    As far as I can tell, Rory is against wars. That has to be a step forward. Now if only he can convince the local Republicans…

    But the rest…

    Rory, you do know, don’t you, that the United States has been at war with someone pretty much constantly, from 1776 on? And that this is by no means unusual among nations? In fact, the total portion of human history that was spent in universal peace amounts to a couple of years out of the last five thousand. But did you know that the violent crime rates of most of the western democracies have been headed downwards for more than a generation? Even natural disasters have been somewhat fewer and less severe than expected, for over fifty years now. End times? Not hardly.

    However, Rory’s notion is not merely that there is more evidence for creation than for evolution. No, no! He reckons that there is no real evidence for evolution at all.

    Ah, what it must be to have a mind that can sift a hundred and fifty years of research and investigation, millions of facts, hundreds of thousands of scientific papers, and infallibly dismiss it all – all! – with such magisterial certainty!

    Oh, by the way, Rory, you’re a raging, screaming ratbag, as we say in my country.

  3. “So why insist upon evolution-only education in our Humanist schools?”
    Rory’s answer is not complete yet. It’s because we humanists/atheists/fascists/communists etc. etc. want to satisfy our evil lusts and see more shootings, carnage and ruined lives. And reading letters like Rory’s only increases those lusts.

  4. Rory is a lying hypocrite! It was a psychotic xtian hearing voices of gawd that started the present illegal war. Also evilution is based on science the same science that gave us the iPhone you use. So since the science is wrong and hurting people when will your throw away the iPhone and computer??? Waiting! Still waiting!!

  5. So 2000 years ago when the Bible was written, the authors knew we modern humans would figure out evolution, and because of that we’d start “Wars without end, suffering, famines and all of it at mans’ own hands.” Darn, well he’s got me there!

  6. michaelfugate

    I guess Rory never noticed the wars, murders, rapes, famines, plagues reported in the Bible – I wonder why?

  7. Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.
    Ecclesiastes 7:10

  8. I had a conversation with a fellow Christian, and he was actually crestfallen when I pointed out that rates of violence and murder have actually gone DOWN since the advent of evolution.

  9. he was actually crestfallen when I pointed out that rates of violence and murder have actually gone DOWN since the advent of evolution.

    That reminds me of a fundamentalist preacher who was unhappy that I didn’t share his out-of-breath sputtering against Bill Clinton, Democrats, and “liberals in general” as well as his disdain for The Theory of Evolution. It reached a crescendo when he demanded that I give him a “common sense” answer to his next question, which was:

    What do you see that’s different about America from the time of our Bible-believing Founding Fathers right up to the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate organized prayer in our public schools VERSUS the years since that diabolical court decision? You think about it a moment and tell me, have things changed? You bet they have! What trend is very different?

    So I thought about it and said: “You are absolutely right. In the years since the elimination of organized prayers in the public schools, there has been a precipitous drop in the number of lynchings of African-Americans.”

    I guess that answered his question because that ended the conversation. On the other hand, I have to give him credit for not replying with the response I tend to get if I give that sort of answer to some Young Earth Creationist on the Internet. YECs typically say to me, “Just as I thought. You’re an atheist!”

    As an academic in a relevant field, I always thought I had a pretty good grasp of the meaning of a word like “atheist”. Yet, almost all of the Young Earth Creationists I encounter online apparently think the definition of atheist is: any person who doesn’t agree with a Young Earth Creationist on the topic currently under discussion.

    Yes, even if only seconds before I answered their question about my career/occupation by saying, “I’m a retired linguistics professor who eventually became an evangelical minister, Bible translation consultant, and seminary professor.” Doesn’t matter. YECs often tell me “You’re clearly an atheist.”

  10. Professor Tertius says:

    Doesn’t matter. YECs often tell me “You’re clearly an atheist.”

    That may help to explain some of the poll results. A lot of people have no idea what the word means.

  11. michaelfugate

    Like I am spiritual not religious.

  12. A lot of people have no idea what the word [“atheist”] means.

    It is interesting that around the time of the Reformation “atheist” actually tended to mean someone who was opposed to God or simply guilty of holding opinions which were destructive to other people’s souls and therefore the will of God.

    So, yet again, it is a reminder of the rules: “Etymology is not lexicography.” and “A word means whatever native speakers at a particular time and place say it means.” (And Ken Ham idiotic, “SCIENCE simply means KNOWLEDGE.” is my favorite example of that error.)

  13. The speculations about evolution continue. More theories, ideas and wishful thinking just keep coming, but there is no real evidence to support this “theory.”

    Great beginning, isn’t it? We’re delighted that this letter is number 600 in our collection. Then Rory says:

    We have trained up generations on this swill, and we see the results in the shootings, carnage and ruined lives of its adherents.

    As opposed, of course, to the gentleness of the Inquisition and the (strongly fundamentalist) Ku Klux Klan.

  14. Apologies if this has been covered, but the contrast between “Evolution Ruins Lives” and “More evidence for creation than evolution” fascinates me to no end.

    It’s amazingly easy to show every committed evolution-denier, from the slickest Discoveroid, to those merely afflicted with Morton’s Demon, will eventually admit, though often unwittingly, that his objection to evolution has nothing to do with “weak” (or zero) “evidences,” and everything to do with a paralyzing fear that the “masses” will misbehave (aka act as though all is permitted) if they accept evolution. Of course if that were true, the “microevolution” that most deniers concede would be all the rationalization needed to justify bad behavior (note how abortion, homosexuality, eugenics, genocide, etc. all occur within the H. sapiens “kind.”)

    Sure, many deniers don’t even realize how they’re committing the “is/ought” fallacy, uncritically parroting long-refuted arguments, and playing other word games. But surely many know exactly what they’re doing, and how it would be completely unnecessary if the evidence really did favor one of the mutually-contradictory alternatives to evolution.

  15. Have you seen what we are doing to each other? Wars without end, suffering, famines and all of it at mans’ own hands.

    Has this man even read the old testament?

  16. John Bebbington

    There should be a scientific study carried to to discover why it is that if atheists cause all the wars none of them ever end up in foxholes.

  17. @michaelfugate: “I guess Rory never noticed the wars, murders, rapes, famines, plagues reported in the Bible – I wonder why?”

    Because, like most Christians, he hasn’t read the damn thing?