Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Cincinnati Enquirer of Cincinnati, Ohio, just across the border from Northern Kentucky where Ken Ham’s creationist empire is located. This is their headline: Creationists are real scientists, and the newspaper has a comments section. The first few comments aren’t favorable to the letter’s contents.
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 is an exception. The letter is from John Whitmore, professor of geology, Cedarville University. According to Wikipedia, that’s an independent Baptist school known for its adherence to the Christian tradition. Whitmore certainly qualifies for full name treatment. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I’m sure I’m not the only reader getting tired of reading articles that claim creationists can’t be real scientists [reference to some earlier article]. It happened again in both Monday’s and Sunday’s paper, with Bill Nye “The Science Guy” attacking the Ark Encounter of the creationist group Answers in Genesis.
As everyone knows by now, Ark Encounter is the religious theme park being built by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Whitmore is a big fan of ol’ Hambo, and he’s getting tired of articles claiming that creationists — like him — can’t be real scientists. He says:
To cite just one example that completely demolishes this wrong charge, I point out that the brilliant inventor of the MRI scanner, Dr. Raymond Damadian, is a creationist and ark booster. His remarkably designed invention has helped save countless lives.
Hambo often mentions Raymond Damadian. As we’ve said before, a creationist can be an architect, dentist, physician, or a number of other things. Many seem to be engineers. But they can’t function effectively in those occupations without using knowledge, skills, and technologies that are clearly non-biblical. Genesis had nothing to do with Damadian’s work. Had he confined his efforts to the “science” in the bible, he couldn’t have accomplished anything — except perhaps making some kind of improved horse-drawn chariot. Okay, let’s read on. Whitmore tells us:
Furthermore, I should add that as a scientist with a Ph.D. in paleontology, I am a creationist. I accept the biblical account of Noah’s Flood and believe that geology confirms the account. In fact, I just returned from the Grand Canyon and have published many articles about its geology.
Indeed, Whitmore has published many articles. A search on his name at Hambo’s website produces 91 hits. The letter continues:
Nye, who is not a scientist, and the other ark critics should know better.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This is how the letter ends:
Meanwhile, I look forward to visiting the ark again. I have personally observed its progress and can’t wait to see the completed project.
That was a great letter! Perhaps, dear reader, you should consider changing your opinions about Hambo’s ark project.
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