Creationist Wisdom #678: The Coal Miner

Today’s letter-to-the-editor is mostly about climate change — not one of your Curmudgeon’s topics — but the author is also a creationist and he links those topics together. It’s in the Register-Herald of Beckley, West Virginia — proudly known as “The Gateway to Southern West Virginia.” The letter is titled Climate is controlled only by the good Lord, and the newspaper has a comments section.

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

Leaders of our country make many decisions which adversely affect the lives of our citizens. Often their decisions are based on beliefs of men who call themselves scientists because they have degrees. Examples of this are evolution, the big-bang theory, etc. These ideas are contrary to the Bible.

Aside from what public schools teach in science class, which is a function of state and local government, how many decisions of the “leaders of our country” are based on either evolution or the big bang theory? Stay with us, dear reader. You’ll be surprised. Jesse says:

I hold the Bible as the true word of God. Proverbs 14:12 states, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” The spirit of this world is the enemy of God.

What does that mean? Is science the enemy of God? It would appear so. We’re about to see how Jesse’s young-Earth creationism ties into his concerns about climate change:

The first man was Adam. He was created a little over 6,000 years ago, along with the earth, and the coal that is in the ground. I have been a coal miner for 10 years, and now the government says coal adversely affects our climate.

We didn’t realize that the Earth was created with coal already in the ground, presumably with fossils embedded within it. Jesse continues:

Genesis 8:22 reads, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Men do not have the power to change these things. Our God has promised this.

That’s what the Good Book says. Here’s more:

Climate change is a myth cooked up by scientists who have the audacity to think they understand not only weather, but how it should change over many years. I know that every mathematical model involves assumptions. These assumptions can be used to create “fake” results. And because of my faith, I know these results are fake. Climate is controlled only by God.

That’s a powerful method for disproving science. Moving along:

This knowledge is hard to know, for me. I know these things, but I am a laid-off coal miner in a state that has no real jobs.

We can easily understand that Jesse has reasons to gripe. His letter ends on a pessimistic note:

My country promises to help coal miners to transition, but all we get is words. Lies from the scientists, and from the politicians. My unemployment is almost depleted after my six short months. Goodbye West Virginia.

It’s a sad letter, but there may be a happy ending. As long as Jesse is leaving West Virginia, he ought to think about moving to the adjacent state of Kentucky. Ol’ Hambo is hiring for his new Ark theme park, and Jesse would probably fit right in.

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15 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #678: The Coal Miner

  1. Jesse’s been down in the West Virginia’s unlit mine a wee bit too long, inhaling that beneficial coal dust into his lungs.. He needs to come out and see the real world. Unfortunately he’s not alone, even people like Sen Inhofe, Sen McConnell, et. al, live in the same cave.

  2. The stupid with in him, strong it is!!!!!

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    Didn’t god hide all that coal in the ground for a reason? Why are we so bold to think we can dig into the ground and use it for our own purposes?

  4. Charles Deetz, God did indeed have a reason to hide coal in the ground. He made it useful to encourage us to dig it up. He hid fossils in it that conflict with scripture to weed out all of us who trust the evidence of creation in preference to the words of the creator. When we judge mortals, we assume that actions speak louder than words. With God we’re supposed to do it the other way round.

    Call me heretical, but it looks for all the world as if the mass of evidence he tucked into creation is so cunningly and consistently devised that he was hoping to divert as many people as possible into the lake of fire.

  5. “men who call themselves scientists because they have degrees”
    Absolutely brilliant.

  6. That poor Jessie is ignorant and backward is evident from his letter. His mind is a good example of how religion poisons believers. I’m guessing here, but Jessie was probably indoctrinated at a young age in a home that loathed any form of learning not spoon fed to them by a frothing and ignorant pastor. Therefore, Jessie should be pitied. But we must be aware that the Jessies represent a significant portion of our society, and the only cure is education. Jessie is probably immune to reason and eduction, but there may be hope for his children if society recognizes the problem and resolves to put forth the energy and resources to educate them.

    Given their location, I have doubts that this will happen, Sad, really.

    And so it goes . . . .

  7. “men who call themselves scientists because they have degrees”
    Isn’t that a quote from the “Wizard of Oz” when he is giving the Scarecrow his diploma?

  8. “Climate change is a myth cooked up by scientists who have the audacity to think they understand not only weather, but how it should change over many years.”

    What if I said: Coal mining is a myth cooked up by coal miners who have the audacity to think they understand not only coal, but how it should be mined over many years.

    Yep, that sounds ridiculous.

  9. What.are these pubic schools you mention, SC? I didn’t think that sort of thing was allowed In America.

  10. Arcy asks: “What.are these pubic schools you mention, SC? I didn’t think that sort of thing was allowed In America.”

    I wish you Brits would learn how to speak English. “Public school” in the US doesn’t mean an exclusive private school, as in the UK — although we do have such schools. In the US, “public schools” are run by the state government.

  11. Ahem. SC, carefully check your spelling.

  12. Oh, yeah. I get it now.

  13. Leaders of our country make many decisions which adversely affect the lives of our citizens. Often their decisions are based on beliefs of men who call themselves scientists because they have degrees. Examples of this are evolution, the big-bang theory, etc.

    The late Duane Gish, a creationist icon, called himself a scientist because he had a degree–a B.S. (how appropriate) in biochemistry. But he did no serious research; he was simply a quack with a sheepskin on his wall.

  14. michaelfugate

    Couldn’t a god change the climate? Who is Jesse to say that it isn’t his god who is warming up the planet?

  15. michaelfugate
    Because it’s what his god promised. Look up a few paragraphs, the letter is organized strangely and the Curmudgeon rearranged for further curmudgeonly analysis)

    Genesis 8:22 reads, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Men do not have the power to change these things. Our God has promised this.