Creationist Wisdom #750: Kentucky Genius

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Gleaner published in Henderson, Kentucky, and we learned about it through the diligent work of one of our clandestine operatives, code-named Blue Grass.

The letter is titled Where are those fossils that prove evolution?, 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. After Googling around, we learned that he may be a Chrysler dealer, but that doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. He doesn’t give us his first name, only his initials, so we’ll refer to him as WK. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

After some opening paragraphs in which he dismisses the work of paleontologists as “a lot of theory, imagination and no real evidence,” he says:

Charles Darwin, 1859, gave up because of a lack of evidence [Hee hee!] and that problem still exists today. No fossil in transition from one species to another has ever been found even though if evolution is a fact, there should be thousands upon thousands and yet, there are none.

As we always do when a creationists makes such a claim, we’ll link to Wikipedia’s ever-growing List of transitional fossils. Then WK says:

The Bible, about seven thousand years ago in the book of Genesis, told us that any evolution would be within each species and until now, that is the way it has been.

You think that was good? Wait ’til you see this:

Sound of Music star Julie Andrews sang: Nothing can come from nothing, ever could.

The letter is full of gems. How about this:

Evidence, where is the evidence? A plowboy with a Bible has more factual, provable knowledge of life, now and hereafter, than all of the evolutionists that ever lived.

Then he mentions a favorite of ours:

Isaiah 40:22, Earth is round, has always been round. What took us so long to find this out?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We quoted dozens of flat-Earth declarations in the bible, and Isaiah 40:22 too, in The Earth Is Flat!

WK’s next paragraph is a biggie. Virtually every sentence is a gem:

Design, design, design, universe, life, no new creation. Where is the missing link? There should have been thousands upon thousands, but nothing. All of recorded history has never provided us with one dead matter creating life. Planet Earth hangs in space, attached to nothing as do stars and all other planets. Gravity was there before Newton discovered it. Jupiter is our shield from space trash. Evolution? I don’t think so. Belief is not fact. Earth takes more than 24 hours to rotate, no life. Any slight change in the universe and no life. Evolution? I don’t think so. The Bible is full of facts, scientific, medical, etc. recorded thousands of years before man discovered them. Evolution? I don’t think so.

That was good! Now we’ll skip to the end:

I could write a book because there is so much more, but it would go unread. Maybe you will read one page. Study will convince you. Judgment awaits.

And that’s how it is in Kentucky. Ol’ Hambo chose his location well.

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20 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #750: Kentucky Genius

  1. Man, and he mangles the lyric, too:
    Nothing came from nothing/
    Nothing ever could.

  2. Hey, don’t put the boot into Kentucky too hard. So far the commenters have been sensibly dismissive of WK’s maunderings . . . with one exception. That exception has a most curious take on evolution:

    Let’s be honest here: Barry Hussein Soetoro aka Obama was an illegitimate “president” with a forged birth certificate and selective service registration card. Obama is a homosexual Marxist, a liar, a coward, a narcissist, antisemitic, a Christian-hater, a thief, an a traitor.

    Do the Obamas and [Valerie] Jarrett still have clearances? If so, Trump should at least limit their access to classified info. Might not be a bad idea to give them background investigations to see if they qualify to retain their clearances… If they refuse to fill out an SF 86 or if they lie when filling it out then they should be ……..

  3. Michael Fugate

    A brand new paper showing how dinosaurs transitioned into birds…
    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/355/6327/792.full

  4. Probably has a life-long membership at Ham’s Ark and Creation Museum.

  5. When a creationist says something to me like. “Belief is not fact” I have to first pick my jaw up off the floor and shake off that surreal look in my eyes that says, “f&$k me running, did I really just hear a fundy say that to an atheist?” Then I pack up my stuff and walk away. You can not talk to someone so stupid that they don’t see the irony of saying that to an atheist. Waste of time. It’s like stepping on baby chickens (it’s a metaphor- do not ever, never ever, step on baby chickens. Kitten jugggling in fine though), no challenge there and they never know they where bested!

    My man and I were watching a documentary on The Higgs boson last night and I said, “How in the hell can you have the brilliant minds of the many physicists who understand all this, then have so many fundamentalists with double digit I.Q.’s running around trying to live by the rules of a 2,000 year old book. It doesn’t make sense, we should be further along, they should have been a thing of the past long ago. All religion should be. I’d really like to know what happened there, they irritate me.” My husband said, “I will have them exterminated immediately.” Me, “That is so romantic, you’d do that for me?”

  6. Christine Janis

    It’s pretty funny that the letter starts off with comments about Don Prothero’s book, claiming that it shows no evidence of transitional fossils, when the cover features the one TF actually known to Darwin (Archaeopteryx).

  7. Better still – we have a transitional species in live action. You can watch it every single day. It’s called Canis Lupus Familiaris.

  8. Ceteris Paribus

    I agree with WK. Just take the original KJV script as written by Moses himself, and remove all the vowel letters to get back to the original Hebrew Torah which Moses used. Then, WK’s “Bible” turns into just “BBL”.
    And we quite plainly see that both “Bible” and “Babel” (as in Tower of Babel) are the same exact word “BBL”.
    And those of us who studied hard in the correct KJV Sunday Schools of this Godly nation know quite well that God’s destruction of the City of Babel was a direct result of divine punishment! And NOT just some kind of a Darwinist “evilution” of the Holy language of Scripture.

  9. @mnbo
    Many of the creationists accept micro-evolution of species within a “kind” (something like a family), so they would accept all of the genus Canis (wolves, jackals) and Vulpus (foxes) and so on having transitions. Not to mention a subspecies Canis lupus familiaris (domestic dog), and the various taxonomies of Wile E. Coyote (Canis latans etc.)

  10. Another state trying hard to make the majority unemployable except to shovel bull poop!

  11. @L.Long

    It’s known as “right to work.”

  12. jimroberts

    “Earth takes more than 24 hours to rotate, no life.”
    What is the connection between the two parts of this utterance, except that both parts are false? Earth rotates in about four minutes less than 24 hours, and there is lots of life.

  13. @jimroberts

    What WK is trying to claim is that, if the rotation period of the planet was longer than 24 hours, there’d be no life possible on it. I have no idea where he might have gotten this notion from, although I guess it’s possible he might have come across some discussion about the difficulties life might have emerging on tidally locked planets.

  14. Talking of transitional fossils, here’s new work on the transition from dinosaurs to birds: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39126987

  15. realthog says: “Talking of transitional fossils …”

    We don’t even need to show him transitional fossils. There are living species that appear to be in transition: penguins, bats, flying squirrels, walking catfish, seals, etc. We don’t know what they’re transitioning to, assuming they don’t go extinct, but they all appear to be in transition.

  16. @SC

    All living species are transitional — I take that for granted. I thought the link might interest readers here, not WK.

  17. Talking of … fossils
    ISTM that very many people, including people who have no problem with evolution, think that evolution is all about the distant past and the principal evidence is fossils.
    I am not a scientist, but I think that the main understanding of evolution is from extant life. Even though the fossil evidence has massively increased since Darwin, the analysis of DNA has contributed much.

  18. @realthog: “What WK is trying to claim …”
    Thank you, now I see it. It’s the same construction as “you touch me, you die”.

  19. @TomS: thanks for kicking in that wide open door. You may realize I was not responding to your “many of the creationists” but to this specific one.

  20. techreseller

    Was WK drunk or high when he wrote this? He is all over the place, stumbling around with no real direction to his statements or arguments. I can just see him in the backyard, glass in hand babbling away at a party.