Creationist Wisdom #812: All Problems Solved

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Times Record News of Wichita Falls, Texas. It’s titled Tragedy, why are we surprised?, 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 Billie. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Tragedy again! Why are we surprised about people using guns, trucks, and bombs to kill people? We have planted violence on television shows, in movies, and on the games our children play. It doesn’t matter what instrument you use, the fact is, if you have been brainwashed with violence, you will become violent.

You’ve been brainwashed, dear reader. Billie says:

We all know, in our hearts, that when we took God out of our culture, we were planting the seeds of rebellion and now we are beginning to see the harvest. We took prayer and the Bible out of our schools and put in security fences and armed guards. We let the Supreme Court tell us we could kill babies and we wonder why some think that life is cheap.

Yes, we’re all monsters now. Life was so much better when religion was running everything. Billie tells us even more things we’re doing wrong:

We let the courts decide that pornography was good and prayer was bad and we shifted the foundation out from under our children. In the name of tolerance, we allowed people to intimidate us into accepting immorality. We allowed our schools to teach the false theory of evolution, and they refused to teach about creation, our Christian heritage, or our Constitution and now we have children who cannot read, think, or act like patriots.

Yup — evolution in, creationism out. And now we see the results. Billie continues:

We could change things. Hollywood could stop producing movies that ridicule Christianity and promote violence, sexual perversion, and pornography.

We need religious control of the movie industry! Let’s read on:

We could refute the lie about separation of church and state and insist that prayer, the Bible and the Ten Commandments be put back into our schools and our courts.

Billie knows what he’s talking about! One last excerpt, before a bible quote which ends the letter:

We could repent and pray, asking God to forgive our country.

Those are all good suggestions, Billie. Let’s bring back that old-time theocracy. Great letter!

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #812: All Problems Solved

  1. Well he might have a point about schools not teaching the Constitution, if his own ignorance is any metric.

  2. What was Billie’s last name? Ah, yes, Goat. Destined to be a true leader of sheep.

  3. Michael Fugate

    Or we could go back to slavery. Or we could go back to Jim Crow. Or we could go back to women and children being thought property. Yes let’s go back to a myth.

  4. Billie actually does want a theocracy. That was made clear when the letter referred to the separation of church and state as a lie. I wonder if it would make any impression on Billie if he/she were made aware that radical Islam also regards it as a lie. Could he/she ask, what would I think of it then?.

    Nah. That would require imagination, even empathy. No chance.

  5. Did Billie ever read any history, or even what I assume is his/her favorite collection of mythology? Lots of folks got killed in the good old days. And I assume he/she is upset about the recent shooting in Texas. He/she may be unaware that the other countries in the semi-civilized world, most of which have far less religiosity than the US, and far more liberal views on abortion, and more knowledge of evolution, also happen to have far fewer deaths from gunshot than the good ol’ United States.

  6. If Billie gets his way he will be the first person I identify as a witch in the ensuing trials.

  7. “We all know, in our hearts, that when we took God out of our culture, we were planting the seeds of rebellion”
    Ah, that explains it. Billies knows with his heart. I know with my brain. It realizes that numbers regarding violent crimes are much lower in The Netherlands than in the USA. The majority of the Dutch took Billie’s god out of their culture quite some years ago.

  8. Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.
    Ecclesiastes 7:10

  9. We let the courts decide that pornography was good and prayer was bad and we shifted the foundation out from under our children. In the name of tolerance, we allowed people to intimidate us into accepting immorality. We allowed our schools to teach the false theory of evolution, and they refused to teach about creation, our Christian heritage, or our Constitution and now we have children who cannot read, think, or act like patriots.

    Ah, where to begin . . . !

    Oh, I know. Allowing the schools to teach about evolution and to refuse to teach about creation at taxpayers’ expense is responsible for mass murders. This is such rubbish that I’m almost surprised that even a fundamentalist would say it in public. Almost. It’s a textbook example of a post hoc argument.

    And in the good old days before Epperson v. Arkansas, when states were allowed to ban evolution from the public schools by law, U.S. science education was so bad that in order to catch up to and then outrace the Soviets in space we had to rely on ex-Nazi German scientists. Somehow I fail to see the morality or the patriotism in that.

  10. Billie proclaims that

    now we have children who cannot read, think, or act like patriots

    If that is so, then we have cause to celebrate! As Dr. Johnson noted, in 1775:

    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel

    …and religious fundamentalism might well be considered the first refuge for that ilk.

  11. @Eric Lipps
    It’s a textbook example of a post hoc argument.
    I don’t think that they have established that things were better when evolution was not taught. Particularly from the point of view of minorities: racial minorities, religious minorities, gender minorities.

  12. When “Billie” is spelled this way it almost always refers to a woman (short for Wilma or other variants.)
    I did find one facebook reference to Mrs. Billie (redacted–but same as the last name in the article).

  13. Dr Johnson did say, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”, according to Boswell; but Boswell gives no context. Boswell also says that Johnson did not mean all patriotism, but only false patriotism, appeal to love of country as a cover. I think Dr Johnson would have regarded Billie’s characterisation of “patriotism” as false, for it is invoked only as a means to a political end — and hence, would have regarded Billie as a scoundrel.