Creationist Wisdom #825: Georgia Genius

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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14 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #825: Georgia Genius

  1. “Sipping the first question about genders, Hines is asked:”

    Skipping, maybe?

  2. I believe him that he got two eyes and two ears, but I doubt the half brain.

  3. Roger Hines:
    “… but wait and see if “human evolution” ever changes us.”

    Obviously, an impossible proposition. None of us alive today will be around to see what the human race becomes in the future. However, by studying ancient skeletons we can see what H. sapiens and H. neanderthalensis were in the past, and we can see that we have changed.

  4. Oops – meant to put H. neanderthalensis in italics.

    [*Voice from above*] Hee hee!

  5. retiredsciguy politely suggests: “Skipping, maybe?”

    Yeah. Gender always interferes with my concentration.

  6. The editor concurs with Hines’s worldview based on how many comments he’s letting through.

  7. Getting interviewed by an imaginary friend? Nope, nothing wrong with his mental health….

  8. @och will – The editor’s probably off keeping the Sabbath holy.

  9. SC: “Make of it what you will.”

    I shall.

    Having resided 3 different times in Marietta totaling almost 20 years, allow me to remind y’all of this nugget from the history of Kennesaw (a hick town about 25 miles NW of Marietta):

    In 1983, Kennesaw’s response to the town of Morton Grove, IL passing a law to ban the private ownership of firearms was to pass a law making gun ownership mandatory for every head of household residing within city limits.

    In response to Kennesaw’s law, its twin city and rival of Acworth, GA, nestled on the shores of Lake Allatoona, immediately passed a law making it mandatory for every head of household to own a fishing pole.

    High times in the red clay dust.

  10. @Random

    I like Acworth, Ga.’s sense of humor!

    Along the same lines, perhaps Miami should require mandatory ownership of life vests, what with global warming & sea level rise and all. Of course, that would drive Fla. Gov. Rick “No Climate Change Allowed” Scott nuts.

  11. “… and at least half a brain …”

    Questionable, and even if true it would certainly not be greater than half.

  12. 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.

    I betcha someone’s been listening to Sarah Palin too much.

    About those ugly-looking creatures: Bad SF movies often picture a stereotypical future human with a huge bald head atop a spindly body. But unless evolution leads to a future species which emerges from the womb even more undeveloped than present-day human babies do, you can forget that: the human female’s pelvis can barely manage to pass the big head of a typical infant as it is, and only manages because the baby’s skull is a bit compressible.

  13. Continuing from above: The only other solution would be to widen the female pelvis. But beyond a certain point, that would interfere with walking and so would tend to be selected against.

  14. “the cause is bigger than the effect.”
    Really? Stalin was bigger than the Gulag?