Some of you may have wondered if creationism can ever make any useful contribution to society. The answer is in today’s letter-to-the-editor, which appears in the Sun Current, a free weekly newspaper in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The title is Turtle warning’s fun fact is really a fun theory, 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. His first name is Jake. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I am interested in nature and was reading the June 22 paper. Under the community notes section there was an article entitled, “Turtles are searching for nesting grounds.”
We can’t find that earlier article, but it doesn’t matter. Jake says:
Part of it read, “A fun fact about turtles is that they evolved 200 million years ago and their shell has remained unchanged for millions of years.”
That’s what got Jake’s attention. He tells us:
Evolution is a theory; therefore, we cannot stay it is a fun fact. We can, however, call it a fun theory.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Good point! Jake continues:
Part of the creation account in Genesis reads, “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth creatures after their kind. Cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind;’ and it was so.”
That’s what it says, but what does it mean? Jake tells us:
This concludes that God spoke the turtles into existence. It happened around 6,000 years ago.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] So that’s what it means!
It’s a good thing that Jake reads the paper so attentively, and that he cares enough to write in when he sees an error. His letter ends politely:
The rest of the article was interesting and informative. Hopefully the community will read and heed it, and help turtles thrive in their part of the wild kingdom.
So there you are, dear reader. Now you know that a creationist can use his supernatural knowledge to provide a useful service. Well done, Jake! The newspaper won’t make that mistake again.
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