We’ve never seen anything like this before. The response in the local newspaper to the news we wrote about in Drooling School Board Chairwoman has been amazing. That was about Susie Kern, chairwoman of the school board of Brainerd, Minnesota, who couldn’t figure out why the schools were teaching evolution. Susie’s friends and supporters are driving our letter count ever closer to 1,000.
Because the letter writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We think he works for the Brainerd Post Office, but that doesn’t qualify for full name treatment. His first name appears as Len. We assume it’s actually Leonard, so we’ll call him Lenny. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
They [evolution and creationism, presumably] are both belief systems used to interpret evidence. Evolution starts with the presumption that the earth is millions of years old. The god of evolution is time and chance.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Evolution doesn’t start with that “presumption.” The age of the earth is a conclusion of both geology and astronomy, and it gives us a timeline for the fossil and other evidence discovered by biologists. Multiple lines of evidence developed independently all converge on the same conclusion for the age of the Earth.
Lenny is off to a great start! Then he says:
Creation starts with an eternal God who created the universe 6,000 years ago.
He’s right about that. Creationism does indeed begin with that presumption. Now, having declared everyone’s presumptions, he tells us:
Creationist and evolutionist have the same evidence. Based on science the facts fit into the creation model better.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He continues:
Dinosaurs are used as evidence for millions of years.
Well, their fossils are certainly millions of years old. We assume Lenny doesn’t agree, so let’s see what he says about dinosaurs:
They were killed off mostly during the great flood of Noah.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:
If there was a worldwide flood we would find creatures buried in rock layers all over the earth, which is what we find.
Actually, if there were such a flood we would find zillions of creatures — dinosaurs and bunny rabbits — all buried in one geological layer — a recent layer — all over the Earth. Unfortunately for creationists, that layer doesn’t exist. Lenny’s not doing very well, but let’s give him a chance. Here’s another excerpt:
Historical science is about the past. It uses assumptions and data that cannot be tested or repeated. Observational science is about current data that is testable and repeatable.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s something he probably read at ol’ Hambo’s website. We’ve written about it several times, originally in Creationism and Science.
For the conclusion of his letter, Lenny resorts to an old creationist cliché:
I personally believe it takes far greater faith to be an atheist than to believe in a creator God.
Based on all the letters we’ve seen in the Brainerd Dispatch, Susie Kern has a lot of supporters and she’ll probably get re-elected. That’s bad news for the kids in Brainerd schools, but it’s good news for our humble blog.
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