Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website of CNS News, a conservative news and commentary website founded by L. Brent Bozell III, a nephew of William F. Buckley. It’s titled How Much Longer Will a Just God Allow America to Prosper? They have a comments section with over 100 comments already.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got someone special. It’s Charlie Daniels (that’s his Wikipedia write-up), described at the end of his letter as: “a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.” Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
When I look at the unfathomable vastness of the universe, the intricate workings of the solar system, the constant, predictable journey of the moon around the earth and the earth around the sun, it’s incomprehensible to me that it just happened. It is inconceivable for me to believe that it was just a random occurrence, nothing more than the explosion of gases in space that luckily resulted in a nine planet solar system, with the third one from the center being the only known inhabited planet in existence.
That’s only the beginning. Charlie goes on with a catalog of the things he doesn’t understand. Why is he telling us this? He explains:
[It] was designed and created by a being of such power and intelligence, such omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence that the human mind cannot conceive His might and His ability.
If you can look past the childish reasoning, this is actually interesting. We’re being given a glimpse of what we might call paleo-theology. It’s the way our most primitive ancestors must have thought. Everything they saw was an inexplicable mystery, therefore it was evidence for Oogity Boogity! Because of Charlie’s extensive list of things he doesn’t know, he’s got a whole ark-load of evidence. Let’s read on:
The fact is, human beings are not the evolutionary result of some amoeba that washed up on a shoreline somewhere, or whatever the popular, secular theory happens to be. Such a theory has never been and never will be proven, simply because it is not true.
[*Groan*] Ah well, we’re not surprised to learn that Charlie doesn’t know what a theory is. He continues:
There is no missing link, and after exhausting every possible avenue to prove otherwise, even Darwin, who created the Theory of Evolution, could not produce one.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re not sure what he’s talking about, but we’ve got some links that aren’t missing. As we always do, we’ll link to Wikipedia’s List of transitional fossils, and we’ll add their List of human evolution fossils. Here’s more from Charlie, and now it’s bible stuff:
That man was created from the dust of the earth, breath breathed into his lungs by the Creator and sprang forth fully formed and fully functional is totally irrefutable to me.
We wouldn’t dream of arguing with Charlie. Then he talks about Adam & Eve and their sin, which explains the mess we now have:
Hence, the atmosphere of mistrust and volatility we live in today – a world of constant war, famine, enmity and the unquenchable thirst for power. The God who created this world also sent us prophets thousands of years ago to tell us how things would be in the latter days we are rapidly approaching.
Yup. The end is nigh. Moving along:
In a “cut to the chase” summation, the upshot is that there will be no end to war until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Society will continue to decline and crime and violence will become even more pervasive.
The End Is Coming! After a few paragraphs about the horrors we will experience, Charlie says:
God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and drove His Chosen People out of the land He gave them because they sinned so grievously against Him. How long will a just God allow America and other apostate nations, who increasingly embrace godlessness, to exist and prosper? I honestly don’t know, but get ready, it’s coming.
Well! If that’s not enough to convince you, then there’s no hope.
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