All our readers know that Grant County, Kentucky is the home of Ark Encounter, the creationist tourist attraction run by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Grant County News, published in the county where Hambo’s ark is located. It’s titled Evolution vs. creation, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Bob Tarasiak, the minister at Sherman Baptist Church of Dry Ridge, Kentucky — which is in Grant County. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
What do you believe has more validity? Evolution or creation? The impact of the theory of evolution is making its mark on many today, even within some church denominations. The millions of years verses the young Earth creation debate is alive and well in our society, universities, and yes, even within the ranks of many pastors and church leadership.
As you will see, the rev’s arguments are not only an ark-load of ancient creationist clunkers that we’ve seen a hundred times before, but he also uses some of Hambo’s arguments too. We’re not going to bother with any rebuttal. He says:
The evolution premise of millions of years has crept into the main-line denominations whereby many ministry leaders are giving credibility to science and the evolution premise of a universe that evolved over millions, even billions of years, compromising the foundation of the Bible. Who is right? Who has truth? Evolution or creation?
Who? Tell us, rev! After that he launches into one of ol’ Hambo’s favorites:
Science is something that can be divided into two categories; operational and historical …
Yeah, yeah. We all know that one. Then he tells us:
[H]ow can one deem the Earth is millions of years in age without having someone observe the so-called millions of years? How could science test millions of years? Even carbon dating has been proven to incorrectly date various earthly artifacts such as rock layers, minerals, etc., providing various same samples with age determinations off by thousands, even millions years. Can we take this so-called “testing” seriously and valid?
Were you there? Hey — we told you the rev uses the same arguments we’ve heard from Hambo. He continues:
Also, there is no evidence of any transitions in the fossil record.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:
A monkey is still a monkey, and we can see they have not evolved into some other species.
Why are there still monkeys? Another excerpt:
The ultimate question for any person who believes in evolution, a big bang theory and millions of years is where did matter all come from in the first place? I often ask evolution supporters “How can one get something from nothing?”
This guy is the greatest! Here’s more:
The creation response is based upon a premise that there was a designer, a creator who existed apart from time, the universe, galaxies and beyond the limits of observable human eye and telescopes. Our galaxy, even down to the Earth, is the only planet perfectly created to sustain life!
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] He’s almost done:
The Bible declares in the book of Genesis, chapter one, that God made the heavens and the Earth and all life in six days, not thousands not millions, not billions! Only six days!
How many? Oh, it’s six. And now we come to the end:
The question is will you believe mankind came from a big bang, apes, millions of years? Or a young Earth creation? I challenge you to read the word of the Creator and believe by faith, that there is a designer who created life and sustains even your life even today! Just believe my friend.
All we can say is that Hambo chose the right location for his Ark.
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