Creationist Wisdom #692: The Good Old Days

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Enid News & Eagle of Enid, Oklahoma. It’s titled Our new religion. 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 John. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

As taught in our schools, colleges and universities, evolution’s effects on our morals and society are that of an “anti-religion,” teaching we are intelligent animals, not a special creation. Though only a theory, extrapolating back some 41/2 billion years, evolution is treated as undeniable truth.

Gasp — evolution is only a theory! That means it’s worthless! Then John says:

Former University of Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins, author of the book, “Blind Watchmaker,” believes passionately in evolution. Atheism, he believes, is a logical deduction from Darwinism (evolution). The world would be better off, he says, if more people shared this view.

Richard Dawkins is obviously a fool! Let’s read on:

Evolutionists, unwilling to share our classrooms with our almost 400-year-old religious custom of creation, brought their complaints to the courts, where liberal judges ruled against this religious custom.

Huh? Creationism is only a “400-year-old religious custom”? We thought it was scriptural doctrine going back to the days of the Babylonian Empire when Genesis was written. Well, we won’t argue with John. How could we? His letter was published in the Enid News & Eagle. He continues:

To remove this religious custom from our schools, the “separation of church and state” tradition has been repeatedly quoted and treated as equal to the Constitution. Though this “separation” is an important custom still, it is now law.

This is amazing! Separation of church and state is only a tradition, or custom, which is “treated as equal to the Constitution.” Here’s more:

Our Judeo-Christian religion teaches that homosexuality is an abomination to God, while California teaches kindergartens that homosexuality is another lifestyle. Though three-fourths of Utah voters are against same-sex marriage, a liberal judge shoved it down their throats.

Egad! That was an unnecessarily vivid way to express it, but it certainly gets the point across. Moving along:

A Kentucky Christian woman was jailed because of her Christian beliefs

That Kentucky woman is probably Kim Davis, the county clerk who was held in contempt when she defied a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and was jailed for a period of five days. But we interrupted John’s sentence. It continues:

and now, sex transgender restrooms are forced upon us!

There’s no end to the horror of evolution! This is the conclusion of John’s letter:

This smacks somewhat of King Charles I of England, back in 1630, telling the Puritans and Catholics they must conform, or else!

But when those abused Puritans came to America, they were free to do things their way, so they conducted the Salem witch trials. Presumably, that’s part of the 400 year-old custom John wants preserved, instead of our misguided idea of separation of church and state.

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14 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #692: The Good Old Days

  1. only a theory, extrapolating back some 41/2 billion years, evolution

    It’s interesting that John thinks evolution began long before the emergence of life on earth.

  2. The scary part is these idiocies are being taught from pulpits all across this country. So while our schools are trying to stick to secular truths (as best we can discern them and all being provisional) these “theists” are undermining those activities as much as they can.

    And if they do not approve of same-sex marriage, I suggest that they do not marry someone of the same sex. End of problem. No one is forcing them to do anything against their will. They are just being busybodies.

  3. “a liberal judge shoved it down their throats.”
    All those poor Utah christians/mormons who suddenly are forced to marry someone with the same gender ….. that’s what John’s saying, isn’t he?

  4. John correctly points out that

    Our Judeo-Christian religion teaches that homosexuality is an abomination to God

    but he fails to provide the full context, which is to be found in Leviticus 20:13 (KJV):

    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    So John must presumably be praising the Orlando psychopath whose murderous rampage is sanctioned by the religion he wishes to ‘restore’ in our public schools?

  5. Mega – sadly, that is exactly what some christians are saying – see

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/06/12/christian-pastor-celebrates-nightclub-massacre-theres-50-less-pedophiles-in-this-world/

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/06/12/westboro-baptist-church-gay-victims-of-nightclub-massacre-brought-death-upon-themselves/

    Indeed, it is not very surprising the religious fundamentalist of any ilk would carry out such atrocities when their holy scriptures condemn same-sex relationships and that the punishment is death in this life and the lake of fire in the next.

  6. michaelfugate

    One does wonder why of all the abominations of the OT that is the only one that seems to worry them. Especially since no one is forcing them to do anything. They revere the divorced Reagan and the twice-divorced Trump – both of whom seemed not to be very devout.

    I get the feeling that they just can’t stand anyone having fun because they aren’t having any.

  7. How dare you take my right away to discriminate against others!

  8. Ken Phelps

    “…shoved it down their throats.”

    Or… Oh never mind. Maybe John is just serendipitously tripping over one of the English vernacular’s many happy ambiguities.

  9. Does anyone, on being asked their religion, ever reply, “Judeo-Christian”?

    It has often been commented on this blog that it is an ahistorical nonsense to claim the USA is founded on ‘Judeo-Christian principles’, but be that as it may, surely the term itself is misleading, and–if one needs a term for the particular family of related religions–surely should be more accurately described as Abrahamic religons?

  10. This smacks somewhat of King Charles I of England, back in 1630, telling the Puritans and Catholics they must conform, or else!

    And King Charles I had his head chopped off.

    Interestingly, when in his trial, Charles claimed his authority came from God, and quoted the bible as justification. He had great arguments during his reign with Puritans and Catholics and others (he was mostly an Anglican) over religion, but it was his religion vs. their religion. In effect, he was the government imposing a specific religion on his subjects – which illustrates why we have that wall of separation today.

    As a complete aside, the only visible star named after an historic individual is Cor Coroli, or “Heart of Charles”. The original name was Cor Caroli Regis Martyris, or Heart of Charles the Martyr King. It was probably someone in Charles II’s court that came up with the name, which was later shortened. John can go outside most evenings of the year and view the star named in honor of his nemesis.

    There are around 20 other stars named after astronomers, but to my knowledge, none are visible to the naked eye. They are named after people who discovered something interesting about them. Barnard’s star is perhaps the most famous – it is a nearby red dwarf with a the highest proper motion yet measured, by, you guessed it, E.E. Barnard.

  11. Wasn’t it a conservative judge appointed by George W. Bush that banned creationism in the classroom in the Kitzmiller trial?

  12. How the hell does creation get to be a “custom”? And since when is Genesis 400 years old?

    And what do same-sex marriages and genderless bathrooms have to do with the theory of evolution? (And let’s not even get into “only a theory” territory again. Please. Enough already.)

  13. The stupid is strong with this one

  14. And since when is Genesis 400 years old?

    A typo for “4000”?

    And what do . . . genderless bathrooms have to do with the theory of evolution?

    You do realize that in the Garden of Eden there weren’t any bathrooms? It was only since that nasty theory of evolution came along that people had to build bathrooms. Now our freedoms are being crushed by the evolution-inspired requirement that the nation’s schools have bathrooms. Those atheists, I ask you.