Creationist Wisdom #869: The Musician

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Lewiston Morning Tribune of Lewiston, Idaho. The title is How did we get here? It’s the third letter at that link, and they have 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 special situation. The letter is from Wayne Olson of Moscow, Idaho, about 30 miles from Lewiston. According to Wayne’s website, he’s a Christian musician. We’ll give you some excerpts from Wayne’s letter, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

My heart goes out to families and communities where school shootings are taking place. As I sit here on my porch, look down the valley at Moscow Mountain and turn these things over in my mind, my heart weeps for everyone.

What a fine, compassionate fellow Wayne is — he weeps for us all! From his mountaintop, he says:

Yet, how did we get here? For decades the “powers that be” have chosen to teach evolution theory which Charles Darwin himself said was faulty if the cell was found more complex than what he could see at his time. [Huh?] This has replaced creation, of which there is a God who is in control, and is a God of order.

After that keen historical analysis, Wayne tells us:

The end point of evolution is survival of the fittest. Adolf Hitler based his whole perception on that fact and took it to his endpoint.

[*Groan*] See Hitler and Darwin. Wayne continues:

So are we really surprised as to where we are today with school and community shootings? If you don’t like someone, or have something against someone – you just take them out.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s the Darwinian way! Let’s read on:

It was back in 1962, over a half century ago when the judicial system legislated and took prayer and the Bible out of our schools.

He’s probably referring to Engel v. Vitale, which Wikipedia says is a US “Supreme Court case that ruled it is unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools.” Here’s another excerpt from Wayne’s letter:

What would our world be like if prayer and our Bible were still in every classroom – and used in today’s age? This book teaches love, grace, wisdom, discernment, insight and peace.

That book also teaches other things — see Salem witch trials. And now we come to the end:

Let me leave you with this thought: A person’s perception, no matter what that perception is, will result in his thoughts, his words, his reality and ultimately in his actions. What is your perception based upon?

Wayne’s thoughts are his reality? Well, yes. Of course. That’s why creationists are described as reality deniers.

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6 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #869: The Musician

  1. “What would our world be like if prayer and our Bible were still in every classroom – and used in today’s age?”
    Hmm, maybe the North Korean regime, USSR communism under Stalin, China under Mao, Germany under Nazi Hitler, or even the world under Big Brother’s ‘1984’ regime. No thinking allowed, no rationalism, no science, nothing. Obedience rules as ruled by the clergy. Ah, bring back the Inquisition as administered by those benevolent Catholics.

  2. RetiredSciGuy

    Another anti-evolution fundamentalist Christian. Almost certainly also calls himself pro-life.

    And yet, probably just as certainly, he is anti-gun control. Which in essence means he’s ok with some parents involuntarily sacrificing their children so that he can purchase weapons such as assault rifles that were designed with the singular purpose of killing as many people as possible in the shortest time possible.

    Oh course, if he’s dumb enough to blame Darwin for Hitler, he’s too dense to see the irony in his position.

  3. Eric Lipps

    For decades the “powers that be” have chosen to teach evolution theory which Charles Darwin himself said was faulty if the cell was found more complex than what he could see at his time. [Huh?] This has replaced creation, of which there is a God who is in control, and is a God of order.

    Quote-mining is bad enough. Bogus quote-mining is worse. Pity no one seems to have called Mr. Olson on it. (Or maybe — one can hope — someone has, and we just don’t know about it.) As far as I’m aware, Darwin never even mentions the cell, let alone its complexity, in The Origin of Species, or anywhere else.

  4. If I was Wayne I wouldn’t look for a correlation between gun shootings and religion. In the US there are 12 gun deaths per hundred thousand population. Compare this with 0.06 in Japan, which is one of the least religious countries.

  5. Fundie Christians in the US don’t care what happens to the kids in public schools, anyway, do they? As far as I can tell, they think all kids should be educated in private schools, or home-schooled.

    This faux-concern of Wayne’s rings as hollow as everything else in that letter.

    I shudder to think what his music sounds like.

  6. Ross Cameron

    ‘ If you don’t like someone, or have something against someone – you just take them out.’ Sounds like the rationale behind nearly two millennia of Christian thinking.