Creationist Wisdom #896: Is There Any Hope?

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) appears in the Daily Journal of Park Hills, Missouri. It’s titled You don’t think so?, 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 her by using her full name — but in this case the author is a regular columnist for that publication. Her name is Jennie Whitmer. We’ve mentioned her writings twice before. The last time was four years ago — see #435: Science in the Bible, and that links to the first time.

At the end of the column we’re told: “Jennie is a long-time resident of Fredericktown, an eclectic gatherer of stories, information, and experiences to share with whoever would like to read them.” Very impressive! We’ll give you some excerpts from Jennie’s latest, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

Yes, I know I write a lot about the old days. That’s because I love them. Somehow the world just doesn’t feel like home as much as it used to, and it is comforting to think about how things used to be, when we know what should be kept in the closet and that some boxes were not to be opened.

Yeah, some stuff ought to be kept in the closet, like in the good old days. She says:

We also knew what was Sacred and Holy and lots of words like modest, appropriate, respect and responsible. We revered the Bible and the Godly Constitution of our Nation. What happened? That is the 64,000 dollar question.

Ah yes, the “Godly Constitution.” But see Is America a “Christian Nation”? Jennie tells us:

God is still the same and Satan is still the same [So true!], but somehow we, as a nation have discarded the meaningful and eternal ways of God to glorify sin and blaspheme Our Lord and Savior. I think we are a lot like Rip Van Winkle.[Huh?] We must have went to sleep [Good phrase!] about 65 years ago and are waking now to world-wide sin and disaster. This is bad enough, but there is definitely more to come.

Egad — there’s more to come! She continues:

After acceptance, promoting sin is like rolling a snowball down a mountain, especially when backed by supernatural power such as Satan has. What do you suppose the evil one has cooked up to follow: killing babies, pornography (T.V., movies, Mardi Gras), drugs, euthanasia, assisted suicide, unpunished pedophilia, teaching kids evolution (absolute contradiction of God, Creator of all) [Gasp!], invalidating our Constitution, and the last from school, sports events, the Pledge of Allegiance, keeping His Name out of public buildings and trying in every way to keep His Name from the public.

Verily, it’s a catalog of horrors — especially teaching evolution! What else does that ol’ devil have cooked up for us? Let’s read on:

I don’t think this tide can ever be controlled, for Jesus said that in the last days of earth the situation will be as it was in the days of Noah.

Oh no! It will be as it was in the days of Noah! Another excerpt:

In those days God found only eight righteous people to save from the flood. That tells us that evil has taken over the earth, not by God’s choice, but by the choice of the people.

Egad! Are we doomed? Jennie doesn’t think so:

Does this mean we can just step back and let it happen? No way. God will reward us for the good we do (or try to do). Children of God have even more to do and contend with because of the way things are today. We have to be support to each other and try to introduce Jesus to those who don’t know Him yet.

Yes, that’s the answer! At the end, Jennie gives us hope:

God knows we can’t change the world, but his ways is for us to help one person at a time change from lost to saved. We don’t have to live in despair and fear. For we know the One who is over all and we know He loves us, protects us and will never forsake us.

Very inspiring. Good work, Jennie!

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19 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #896: Is There Any Hope?

  1. As a 71 year old man, I want to ask two simple questions of this god feller: One, why in the hell did you put the prostate there? and Two, why did you drown all those innocent babies in that flood?

  2. We mere mortals, bearing the guilt of Adam’s sin, cannot understand the ways of the Lord, and have no right to demand an explanation.

  3. Jeannie ! Is this your opinion entirely? Or are you speaking for the entire trailer park?

  4. “We don’t have to live in despair and fear. For we know the One who is over all and we know He loves us, protects us and will never forsake us.”

    Not convincing, Jeannie. Protect, never forsake? Tell that to victims of earthquakes, fires, drought, hurricanes and tornadoes. Tell that to victims of mass shootings, those being deported, those without health care. Tell that to victims of rape and sex abuse. Tell that to victims of genocide, war, and famine. Tell that to the poor and homeless. Tell that to victims of discrimination because of skin color or sexual orientation. While some things have changed for the better, it’s still pretty bad in this world. Not much different from your good old days.

  5. Jeannie gets one thing right: “god is still the same and satan is still the same”. Yep, both are mythological creatures.

  6. Poor Jennie: such a litany of woes! I can almost sympathize, to a degree. Life moves so fast now, and cultural attitudes and demographics change well within the average lifespan, it’s not surprising she feels world-weary and nostalgic for the good old days.

    Except, they weren’t always so good, obviously.

    It’s funny, though, when godly souls like Jennie attribute all the evils of the world to the malign, supernatural influence of Satan, when what we see only ever resembles what we know people to be fully capable of doing entirely off their own bat, anyway. Just once, I’d like to see Mr. Scratch do something genuinely supernatural, and step up to take the credit for it.

    Jennie’s heartfelt desire to end on a positive note rings a little hollow, however: most of the fundie churches in her part of the world don’t believe we’ll be rewarded merely for doing “good works”, but that salvation is only achieved through their brand of faith.

    So that rules out all you atheists who volunteer in soup kitchens, feeding the poor and homeless.

    “No salvation for you!”

  7. “went to sleep about 65 years ago and are waking now”
    Hm, 65 years ago the hippie era already had begun, so let me be charitable and read 75 years ago – those nice, cozy 1950’s.

    – “killing babies,”
    Jenny means abortion, of course, ie protobabies. I don’t know about the USA, but before it was legalized abortion rates were actually higher than after.
    – “pornography (T.V., movies, Mardi Gras),”
    Pornography is about as old as Homo Sapiens.

    https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-pornography-721217

    According to Wikipedia the first Mardi Gras in New Orléans was organized in 1699 CE.

    – “drugs,”
    Also as old as Homo Sapiens.

    https://inpud.wordpress.com/timeline-of-events-in-the-history-of-drugs/

    “euthanasia, assisted suicide,”
    Not exactly new either.

    http://www.life.org.nz/euthanasia/abouteuthanasia/history-euthanasia1/

    “unpunished pedophilia,”
    Idem.

    http://www.faqs.org/childhood/Pa-Re/Pedophilia.html

    “teaching kids evolution”
    Ah, yes, that’s the one that makes the difference and causes the wrath of Jennie’s god. The chap totally gets his morals right.
    Not.

  8. I still marvel that all the Jennie Whitmers of this world — and they are legion — never recognise that what they so frequently offer up as original and insightful homilies are just further cookie-cutter iterations of the same reactionary populist nostalgia that have blighted human history at least since the time of Kleon of Athens right on through to our own Age of Endarkement of Trump and Brexit.

    I reckon these folks must’a went to sleep when they oughter have been doing some book-larnin’ at school…

  9. They have not learned lessons from the Bible such as
    Ecclesiastes 7:10
    or
    Exodus 22:21

  10. “Yes, I know I write a lot about the old days. That’s because I love them. Somehow the world just doesn’t feel like home as much as it used to, and it is comforting to think about how things used to be, when we know what should be kept in the closet and that some boxes were not to be opened.”
    That alone tells me she she is a hypocritical LIAR!! She can go back to the good old days anytime she likes…give up modern everything and live in a mud hut 100mi from anywhere, and die young!

  11. Back to the olden days, back 60 years or more, remember the days of the Motorists’ Green Book?

  12. Jennie leading the local congregation in song:

    “Those were the days, my friend
    We thought they’d never end
    We’d laugh and smile
    And then we’d stop to pray
    We’d sermonize the kids
    And demonize the Yids
    And make life hell for anyone who’s gay

    La la la la la la
    La la la la la la….”

    Ah, happy times!

  13. “…but his ways (sic) is for us to help one person at a time change from lost to saved.”

    I thought her god was the one who picks who will be saved.

  14. Michael Fugate

    As TomS points out Jennie would be helped by a jaunt down I-55 to Memphis and a tour of the National Civil rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel to see what the US was like 65 years ago. It wasn’t pretty.

  15. I think the world went downhill when Gomer Pyle got his own show.

  16. Jennie Whitmer:
    “What do you suppose the evil one has cooked up to follow: killing babies, pornography… (etc.)”

    … and we could include tearing families apart, putting kids in cages like animals, sending asylum-seekers back to where they fear death, praising the “good people”, one of whom ran his car into a crowd, etc. etc.

    The “evil one” has been busy lately.

  17. For a good look at the fundamentalist “those were the good old days” mindset, you should take a look at the video <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0295725/"/Time Changers. Don’t bother to buy it; I made that mistake (although I got it dirt cheap from the remainder bin at a video store). See if you can find it to stream, and settle down to watch. Bring plenty of antacid.
    Then for a laugh, you can listen to Ray Walston’s song “Those Were The Good Old Days” from Damn Yankees.

  18. Having a little trouble with HTML here, but I think you get the idea.

  19. @Anonymous

    Don’t look now…..but I think you have an evil twin, and he’s calling himself Eric Lipps.

    Beware of identity theft, even when you’re the one stealing your own identity.