Today’s letter-to-the-editor isn’t a letter — it’s some kind of interview. We found it in the Marietta Daily Journal of Marietta, Georgia. The thing is titled ROGER HINES: A self-interrogation on the joys and ills of this age, 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 is an exception. It’s Roger Hines, described at the end as “a retired high school English teacher and state legislator in Kennesaw.” This website gives some additional information about him. He hasn’t been a member of the legislature since 2004, but he qualifies for full-name treatment. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the interview, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Skipping the first question about genders, Hines is asked:
Q: Are there any other “verities”?
A: Tons of them. Human nature is one. The human race is plagued by evils that have always plagued us. The oldest history and oldest stories show men fighting and killing to rule over others. The insecurities of those who would rule over us are illustrated by today’s politics. Human nature hasn’t changed. We all still want what our great grandparents wanted: affirmation, self-worth, something to eat and a house on the hill. Of course super-evolutionists say that humans will one day be … something different from what we are now. You know … from apes to us now, to some ugly looking creature in a movie. If so, I betcha these “beings” will have the same problems we have today.
Then the interviewer cleverly says:
Q: You’re touching evolution.
A: Yes. Evolutionary theory is a million miles wide and a quarter inch deep. Not all smart people are evolutionists. Many scientists embrace cause and effect. Every effect (a wrist watch, a building, the universe) has a cause, and the cause is bigger than the effect. I’ve observed geological evolution in my back yard, but wait and see if “human evolution” ever changes us. (If you can wait a trillion years, that is. Undecipherable, unimaginable amounts of time are what super-evolutionists stand on for support, you know.)
This fellow is quite an intellectual! The interview continues:
Q: You’re refuting Darwin. I suspect you would also refute Freud.
A: Marx, too. …
Aha! It’s obvious that Hines is a big fan of the Discoveroids. That’s right out of the Introduction to their Wedge Strategy:
Debunking the traditional conceptions of both God and man, thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud portrayed humans not as moral and spiritual beings, but as animals or machines who inhabited a universe ruled by purely impersonal forces and whose behavior and very thoughts were dictated by the unbending forces of biology, chemistry, and environment. This materialistic conception of reality eventually infected virtually every area of our culture, from politics and economics to literature and art.
The interview goes on, but there’s not much else to it. We’ll end with this:
Q: You keep saying “probably.”
A: Well, because I don’t know everything. But I know what I believe. And I do have two eyes, two ears, and at least half a brain. I also had precious, common-sense parents who knew right and wrong and taught it.
A most enlightening interview! Well, it’s wasn’t much, but it’s all we could find so far. Make of it what you will.
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