Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Santa Rosas Press Gazette of Milton, Florida, and it’s titled Thoughts on evolution and Easter. The newspaper has a comments feature, but there aren’t any comments yet.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Chrys. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The controversy, evolution vs. creationism, will continue ’til Kingdom comes. As Easter approaches, I recall reading about a conversation three (fictional) monkeys had years ago.
Then there’s an editor’s note that says: “See ‘The Monkey’s Disgrace,’ author unknown.” So we Googled for it. It’s a poem. You can read it here: The Monkey’s Disgrace. Okay, back to the letter. Chrys says:
One was very upset with those believing humans descended from them. He was quick to say no one in the monkey’s noble race ever deserted his wife, starved her babies; no mother monk ever left her babies with others to bunk, or pass them from one to another ’til they scarcely knew who was their mother!
Yes, monkeys are wonderful. Chrys tells us more about them:
With the heinous crimes, murders and violence rampant in America, disrespect for police and law enforcement, the monkey adamantly declared nor would a monk go out at night or use a gun, club or knife to take another monkey’s life!
They fling poo instead. So what? Chrys finishes telling the monkey story:
The truth that that monkey emphasized was man descended, the ornery cuss, but, brother, he didn’t descend from us! He was right on!
Okay, so now we’re told that monkeys don’t believe in evolution. They go around saying: “I ain’t no kin to no human!” Very cute. Where is Chrys going with this? Let’s read on:
Wouldn’t it be great if all believed in God Almighty, Creator, (whom) [sic] Christians celebrate at Easter?
Would that make us more like monkeys? Another excerpt:
Many are floundering, wondering from where they came, what they’re doing here and where they’re going! The Greatest Book ever written — the Holy Bible, never to be superseded, God’s love letter to mankind — answers all these and other questions anyone might have, Hallelujah!
That story about the monkeys was a wonderful lead to that. Now we’re at the end of the letter:
Seek Him while He is near. Wise men still do seek Him! God bless us all as only He can. Maranatha!
If that last word puzzles you, it’s Aramaic, often translated as “Our Lord, come!” Wikipedia has an article on it: Maranatha. If the whole letter puzzles you, you’re not alone.
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