Creationist Wisdom #905: The Joy Lady

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) appears in the Tribune Star of Terre Haute, Indiana. It’s titled The Joy Lady: Don’t waste energy disbelieving in God, 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 his full name — but today we have a special situation. It’s Verna Davis, described at the end as “speaker and writer.” She writes a lot of columns for that paper as “The Joy Lady,” and we found an earlier one that has her impressive picture: The Joy Lady. Here are some excerpts from her latest column, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Have you ever had one of those mornings when you feel you don’t even have the energy to get out of bed?

Actually, no, we never had one of those mornings. When you live with Dobermans, you gotta get out of bed. But Verna obviously has lethargic mornings all the time. After a few examples of things that require energy, like household chores, she says:

There’s one thing for which I would never have enough energy: I don’t have the energy to disbelieve that God created the world.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, that does take a lot of energy. Verna tells us:

Disbelieving the biblical account of creation must take so much energy. [Hee hee!] I mean, hundreds of people have used massive amounts of energy, spending countless hours to produce tons of volumes of words and theories trying to explain what the Bible explains in about 650 words. (To give you an idea of how short that is, I am allowed 500 words for this column.)

Those people are energy-wasting fools! She continues:

All that thinking and theorizing still doesn’t answer how the earth was really created, or how people and monkeys can be so similar yet still so different [Oook, oook!], or with what authority their claims can be proven to be true. The non-creationist people don’t have the energy it takes even to agree with each other.

She’s right, you know. After all that thinking and theorizing, those “non-creationist people” have nothing to show for their efforts. Let’s read on:

Trial and error of theories, suppositions, suggestions, endless questions of “what if …?” Who has the energy to develop and deepen and redevelop all those theories that still have so many holes?

Ooooooooooooh! All that thinking — for nothing! Here’s another excerpt:

Seems to me like it takes a great deal more faith to believe in accidental creation — or some big cosmic bang that formed the earth — than it takes to believe in a Divine creation by a Divine God. It takes a great deal of energy to ignore the signs of God’s presence in this world.

Yeah — who has the energy for that? Then she quotes an ark-load of scripture, like:

“The heavens declare the glory of God,” Psalm 19:1.

Verna finishes her column with this:

There’s no use spending energy trying to disprove something that all of creation already knows, that in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

So there you are, dear reader. Do as The Joy Lady does — don’t waste your energy on all that science nonsense. Just believe!

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28 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #905: The Joy Lady

  1. “The heavens declare the glory of God,”
    To take that literally – as if there were any other way to take the Bible – it says that there is intelligent life in space, capable of speech.

  2. Michael Fugate

    Stars, planets, asteroids, they are all alive! Gaia is too!

  3. Laurettte McGovern

    For once, I agree with a creationist–science is hard. It actually takes thought. It doesn’t come automatically. It actually has to make sense.

    Any half-wit can believe in a god; it takes no thought at all.

  4. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    What is with American newspapers and weird editorials and letters to the editor, are they that devoid of news to fill the pages?

  5. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    A tweet from Ken Ham. “I encourage you to tune in to hear from AiG’s Bodie Hodge on Creation in the 21st Century with David Rives. He will be sharing about dinosaurs and dragons from a biblical worldview. You won’t want to miss it!” So twice the stupidity.

  6. Joy Lady, reading the bible (well, the King James version of the Christian bible — I haven’t read the Koran or the Bhagavad Gita, or other religious tracts as completely) was what convinced me the probability of any god like thing was essentially zero. Oh, and the big bang didn’t form the earth. Try understanding some science before you think you can critique it.

  7. Disbelieving the biblical account of creation must take so much energy. [Hee hee!] I mean, hundreds of people have used massive amounts of energy, spending countless hours to produce tons of volumes of words and theories trying to explain what the Bible explains in about 650 words. (To give you an idea of how short that is, I am allowed 500 words for this column.)

    “Hundreds” of people?

    As for the Bible’s 650 words, merely saying something isn’t the same as explaining. And as for Ms. Davis’ column, one doesn’t need 500 words to spew nonsense.

  8. Messed up the tags up there. Still, I hope my meaning is clear.

    [*Voice from above*] All is well, my son.

  9. “with what authority their claims can be proven to be true.”
    Creacrap is authoritarian. It’s always nice to see my prejudices confirmed.

    “The non-creationist people don’t have the energy it takes even to agree with each other.”
    BWAHAHAHAHA!
    Joy Lady indeed! Which authority does she abide, Klinkleclapper’s 13,7 billion of years or Ol’Hambo’s 6000 years?
    Oh, my bad. Of course these guys put their energy in neglecting their disagreements.

  10. My in-laws get the Tribune Star so I have read The Joy Lady column several times. They are always full of meaningless religious fluff. It gets boring after awhile.

  11. @KarlG has news that gets me thrilled: “tune in to hear from AiG’s Bodie Hodge on Creation in the 21st Century with David Rives.”
    Oooooohhhh! Two of the smartest frontmen of creacrap science have joined hands, under the spiritual leadership of that living icon, the Ayatollah of the Appalachian! The results cannot be anything but stunning and I expect our dear SC to report everything! Damn sure I don’t want to miss it.

  12. The stunningly obvious gap in this stupid person’s letter is her failure to comprehend how many beliefs she is rejecting, and how little energy she seems expends on that. I pointed this out in a brief comment as Stormfield, but found it hard to refrain from just calling her out for the ignorance-loving cretin she is.

  13. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    I don’t think Ken Ham understands what he has tweeted. “In this study, led by the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, they found that around 20% of the genes which had been classified as coding genes were not coding.”

  14. According to the “Joy Lady” it requires an effort to *not* believe in fairy tales, so she obviously opts for the laziest solution possible. How unfortunate that actually striving for an education requires effort, since that obviously leaves her completely locked out of even considering that possibility. I wonder if she got confused about the difference between “joy” and “joke”?

  15. The Joy Lady should have lived 3000 years ago. Now, being placed into the 21st century, she could join a tribe in the Amazon and see what life is like without all the nice goodies science has given us. Let’s see how she wakes up in the morning.
    Of course, it’s so much more comfy to get all your knowledge about the universe from 650 words instead of getting your brain to do any unnecessary work.

  16. As far as understanding the Book of Genesis, I suggest this history of the endeavor:
    The Book of Genesis: A Biography
    Ronald Hendel
    Princeton University Press, 2013
    ISBN 978-0-691-14012-4
    It is about the changing understanding of what the Bible says.

  17. I think the Joy Lady should at least get an honorable mention on the Creationist Hotties list.

  18. @TomS – Great book, but far too heavy for the Joy Lady. Why would she bother if the Bible does it in 650 words?

  19. “The Joy of Verna”

    For those of you who were hoping for the creationist equivalent of the Kama Sutra, I regret to say: you were sadly misinformed.

  20. Joy Lady Verna Davis writes,
    “All that thinking and theorizing still doesn’t answer how the earth was really created…

    And she thinks the Bible answers how the earth was really created?

    (Totally unrelated — I wonder if she has a sister named Autumna?)

  21. @Zetopan “wonders if she got confused about the difference between “joy” and “joke”?”
    What difference? She is the joke and we enjoy it.

    @ChrisS misunderstands: “the creationist equivalent of the Kama Sutra”
    What the IDiots from Seattle, the Good Rev David Rives, Corny Cornelius, Ol’Hambo, the Joy Lady and co produce is the creacrap equivalent of the Kama Sutra. And it works – we all here get worked up nearly every day.

  22. I don’t avoid creationists, FrankB, but I do deny them my essence.

  23. I DON’T waste energy NOT believing in some psychotic gawd, I even don’t waste energy trying to believe in one!

  24. BTW what does the Bible say about how the world was created? Read the opening verses of Genesis. The description of the beginning, when God began his creating, was a chaos of wind over water, and God said “let there be light”, then there appeared the firmament (whatever that is) and then God separated the water to expose land.
    So, where did the water come from? And the land that was beneath the water?
    In other words, there is no description of the creation of the world.
    Does any creationist offer any description of how the world was created?

  25. “Does any creationist offer any description of how the world was created?”

    Of course they do. However, after you remove the pseudoscientific word salad it always boils down to “because magic” and that humans can never understand the chief magician because it is “beyond understanding”.

    That is why so many creationists are anti-education. They need to remove that “understanding” part to have any chance of convincing their audience that they really do have a valid point. Trump “loves the uneducated” in the same way that creationists do and for similar reasons.

  26. @Zetopan
    I agree.

  27. The Joy Lady says “how people and monkeys can be so similar yet still so different” Egad..This statement makes Ol Hambo look good in comparison.(if thats possible. aaaah). At least his schtick is a little bit more sophisticated than this.