Creationist Wisdom #775: New Zealand Genius

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Rotorua Daily Post of Rotorua, on New Zealand’s North Island. It’s titled Use tax money to teach Bible in schools, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We think he’s in the Electrical, Plumbing and Refrigeration business, and he writes a lot of letters, but that doesn’t qualify for full name treatment. We don’t know his first name because he uses only his initials, which are G.J. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Some people complain that Bible in schools is wrong and shouldn’t be allowed. I disapprove of my kids being taught evolution at school, which teaches them that black people are inferior to white ones.

G.J. obviously has a keen understanding of evolution. He says:

Evolution also teaches that life is meaningless, that the strong should exterminate the weak, that life is an endless struggle with no purpose, that goodness does not exist, that the impaired have no right to live, that final reality is suffering, misery and death.

Yup — right out of the biology textbooks. After that, G.J. tells us:

These things are wicked lies and lead kids to contemplate suicide, as we can see by the terrible number that actually take their own lives.

Suicide is Darwin’s fault! G.J. continues:

Bible in schools, however, teaches that God created everything from a heart of love, that He sent His son to die for us so that we can be freed from wickedness and misery and live forever in inexpressible joy, ever beholding the face of God.

He’s right — there’s no violence, racism, slavery, or genocide in the bible. It’s all love, from the first page to the last. But see Curse of Ham and also The Bible and violence and also The Bible and slavery. Nowadays it’s argued that such passages have been misunderstood; nevertheless, they’ve been used to justify all manner of violent behavior. Let’s read on:

I want my tax dollar to pay for Bible in schools because it is worth doing. I do not want my tax dollar wasted on evil pseudo-science drivel dreamed up by fascists, white supremacists and God-haters.

He’s talking about you, dear reader — you and your evil theory of evolution. Now we come to the end:

Do a Google on Charles Darwin, Lenin, Marx, Hitler and Pol Pot, famous evolutionists: find out about their views on racial equality.

Famous evolutionists? Well, Darwin was. As for the others, see Hitler and Darwin, then see Marx, Stalin, and Darwin. We’ve never bothered to blog about Pol Pot, even though creationists often mention him. For some reason, they never mention Jack the Ripper, but it’s only a matter of time.

Anyway, that was G.J.’s letter. A fine addition to our collection.

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10 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #775: New Zealand Genius

  1. Derek Freyberg

    If GJ’s so fond of bible teaching in schools, he can always send his children to a church school; but they’ll still get taught about evolution. Most church-affiliated schools in NZ are “state-integrated” schools, which means that tax money pays for a significant part of their costs – a deal struck 40 or so years ago to keep the state schools from being overwhelmed by the near collapse of the Catholic schools. [The city I lived in in the 1960s had six high schools: four state schools – two coed and two single sex, and two single-sex Catholic schools. The general educational curriculum was the same, mandated by the state, but the Catholic schools had an extra class per day of religious instruction.]

  2. Michael Fugate

    Before 1859, there was no racism and no suicide?

  3. My understanding is that one of the many targets of Pol Pot was education, particularly “Western” education, which would seem to include modern biology.

  4. Ross Cameron

    Just goes to prove there are religious wackos all over the world, even Down Under. Please, please don`t send old Hambone back to us. 🙂

  5. Ceteris Paribus

    G.J. laments (at length):

    “Evolution also teaches that life is meaningless, that the strong should exterminate the weak, that life is an endless struggle with no purpose, that goodness does not exist, that the impaired have no right to live, that final reality is suffering, misery and death.”

    Yes. Sad, sad world out there. What with all those holy bibles being ripped from the hands of mere infants.
    Maybe G.J. just needs a little vacation on some piece of real estate that isn’t an island. Or just forget about Darwin, find a nice warm whirlpool spa, take a couple doses of Ex-Lax, and calmly wait for a better day tomorrow.

  6. Jim Orchardist

    “Please, please don`t send old Hambone back to us.”

    Its okay, Ross Cameron. Hambone is now considered American. Just as we have taken on Russell Crowe as our own, the US has very kindly relieved us of the Hammy one. He’s not coming back any time soon.

  7. Mayby GJ should do a google search on Hitler himself and especially Mein Kampf. He might find these two quotes:

    “iron law of Nature–which compels the various species to keep within the definite limits of their own life-forms when propagating and multiplying their kind.”

    “The fox remains always a fox, the goose remains a goose, and the tiger will retain the character of a tiger.”

  8. robert van bakel

    NZ is also responsible for Suzan Mazur, unbelievably thick conspiracy theorist and the idol of one Denyse O’Leary.

    We are also responsible for Ray Comfort, but like Ham he might now be naturalised; you’re welcome, Heh:)

  9. As far as creationist immigrants is concerned, I find it ridiculous that Ken Ham invades, and then later complains about the separation of church and state. Considering he could have picked anywhere in the world, perhaps he should have emigrated to a theocracy, Iran for example.

  10. Eric Lipps

    Ah, but Iran is an Islamic theocracy, and Islam is the spawn of Satan, half-brother to eeee-volution.