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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