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Creationist Wisdom #561: The Pastor Returns

This weekend is giving us nothing but letters-to-the-editor. Our second for today appears in the Sudbury Star, a Canadian daily published in Sudbury, Ontario. The newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.

Unless a letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. This one is a preacher. He’s Rob Weatherby, described as Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Whitefish, Ontario. We wrote about one of his letters back in January of 2010, and he hasn’t learned a thing since then — see Creationist Wisdom #102: The Pastor.

The rev’s latest adventure into the cesspool of creationism is titled The evolution of Darwin’s faith. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

I was shocked. Walking through Westminster Abbey in London a few years ago, I looked at a tomb with the name “Charles Darwin” inscribed on it.

The rev wrote about that in his earlier letter, and he’s still shocked after more than five years? Darwin’s burial in Westminster Abbey must be giving him nightmares. Then he says:

How could the man whose revolutionary evolutionary theory which led to the loss of faith of so many people be buried in one of England’s historic cathedrals? This led me to a deeper study of Darwin’s life and the amazing discovery that his faith too had evolved.

The rev then spends several paragraphs describing Darwin’s life. But his “deeper study” wasn’t very deep, because he gets a few things wrong. For example:

At one point, young Darwin even considered becoming an Anglican minister. Later, studying medicine and science, Charles was attracted to a book by William Paley called Evidences of Christianity, which argued for divine design in nature.

Aaaargh!! It was after Darwin dropped out of medical school at Edinburgh that he went to Cambridge to study for the Anglican ministry. It was there that he read Paley’s book. Let’s read on:

In 1831, Darwin (age 22) began his voyage as a naturalist on the ship Beagle …

Yes, we know all that. The rev continues for a few more paragraphs, and then it gets good:

In his last days, a family friend, Lady Hope of Northfield, was asked to visit and care for him. She often found him reading the Bible. One day they were discussing his famous theory and its implications. She recorded in her diary that a look of agony came over his face as he said, “I was a young man with uninformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering all the time about everything. To my astonishment the ideas took like wild-fire. People made a religion of them.”

That’s a phoney event and a phoney quote. Even Ken Ham tells his drooling readers not to use the Lady Hope story — see Darwin’s Deathbed Recantation: It’s Dead! But the Rev likes Lady Hope’s fiction:

He then asked her to invite some local people to his summer house and speak. She asked him what she should speak about. He replied, “Christ Jesus and his salvation. Is that not the best theme?”

Another phoney event and phony quote. Darwin’s family said none of it happened. The rev either doesn’t know that or he doesn’t care. Here’s what he concludes:

So, did the beliefs of Charles Darwin themselves slowly evolve? From a vague, intellectual faith in his youth to a growing agnosticism in adult life and finally to a genuine, saving faith on his deathbed? Only God knows.

Translation: The rev doesn’t have a clue. And now we come to the end of his letter:

But it would explain why Darwin’s tomb lies next to that of another famous scientist, Isaac Newton, whose Christian faith inspired him to explore the mysteries of God’s creation throughout his entire life.

What can we say about this mess? The rev continues to be totally full of it, but this time he’s not as wildly creationist as he was in his last letter. To his credit, he doesn’t take the Hitler, Marxism, eugenics route that so many other creationists do. That’s a whole different set of lies.

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Creationist Wisdom #560: Great Arguments

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Inter Lake of Kalispell, Montana — the gateway to Glacier National Park. The letter is titled More arguments against evolution. The newspaper has a comments section.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We’ll use only his first name, which is Waldemar. That’s too fancy, so we’ll call him Waldo. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

This letter is not for the people who are steeped in the religion of evolution. … This, rather, is for people who are sitting on the fence — who know that evolution can’t possibly be true, but because the lie has been told so often and so forcefully, they’re not sure what to believe. Some of the people who deny the existence of God are even intelligent in some areas and have letters behind their name. The Bible also gives them letters behind their name — FOOL.

Waldo equates evolution and atheism, and he won’t waste his time talking to those people. His letter is for the fence-sitters. He says:

I’ll admit that I don’t understand many things. But this I do know. I’m alive and living on this planet. I can look around and see a creation that is fearfully and wonderfully made.

We’ve seen that argument before: We call it Cogito, ergo Oogity Boogity! Or maybe Cogito, ergo Oogito!, which is barbarous Latin, but it’s cute. Let’s read on:

Before the supposed evolution of humans can be considered, I have other questions. Where did this earth come from? Where did the laws of physics come from? (Gravity, motion, momentum, centrifugal force, etc.) Where did the elements come from? Where did all the metals come from? Did the metals all evolve from a single one?

Ah yes, One can’t know anything unless he knows everything. We’ve seen that argument before too, but we never named it. What shall we call it? We’ll give it a classy Latin name: Nihil sine omnibum (nothing without everything), or maybe Nihil nisi totus (nothing unless all). That’ll do for now. It means there can never be any science, because we have to start somewhere; but a beginning is nothing, so why bother? Waldo continues:

We know that the earth is round. If all the people of the world were told to point upward, half of the people would be pointing in opposite directions. Half of the airplanes that are taking off at any given time are taking off upside down. Cars, trains and people are walking and driving around upside down or sideways compared to other people of the world at any given time. The atmosphere stays in place around the world instead of dissipating into space. What holds it to the earth? What is gravity and how does it work? How can these wonders be?

Waldo seems to think that’s an argument against evolution. Maybe it is, but we don’t get it. Here’s more:

For argument’s sake, let’s say that some goo accidently [sic] came to life. There would have to be a law that said that that goo would have to reproduce after its own kind. Otherwise, nothing that was reproduced would be the same. Where did that law originate? And if it started to reproduce, again for argument’s sake, after its own kind, at what point would two sexes be needed? And at what point would those two sexes evolve? If that goo had the capability to reproduce by itself, why would there be the need for two sexes? Each sex would have to have the capability to reproduce itself until such time as all functions of each sex were fully developed so that they could finally mate to create the system of reproduction that exists now.

We’ve seen that before too — Jack Chick: Sex Is Evolution’s Nightmare. Because we’re giving Waldo’s arguments Latin names, that will be Sexus ergo deus. Moving along:

Since most living creatures need male and female to reproduce, logic dictates that every living thing that needs two sexes to create would all have to be in a single line of evolution. That means insects, animals and humans all evolved from each other. Preposterous? ABSOLUTELY!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Waldo knows when to run away from a logical conclusion. Hey — this is the opposite of reductio ad absurdum. What shall we call it? Reductio ad manufesto, ergo falsus. (If the conclusion is obvious, it’s false.)

Waldo’s letter is huge, so now we’ll start skipping around for some choice goodies:

I have read that late in life Darwin refuted his own theory and said, “I was a young man with unformed ideas.”

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[The Bible says] that Satan is a liar, and it is his intention to influence anyone that he can and drag them to hell with him. It was his lie from the beginning that he spread through unsuspecting people (Darwin and others).

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I must admit that my puny little mind can’t understand the magnitude of God. I can not wrap my mind around infinity. I can’t comprehend the awesome power, knowledge and majesty of God. But this I do know. Evolution is not science, but rather it is a lie that was perpetrated by the god of the lie, Satan.

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The Bible says that “a fool has said in his heart that there is no God.” Don’t be that fool. We have one chance to make our choice for eternity. … If all the proponents of evolution want to continue in their folly, they have that choice.

This is really a great letter! And now we come to the end:

The creation of God is intricately and delicately made, not evolved. This universe, all the laws and everything in it was made by God. And that is the truth.

Now we know The Truth Thanks, Waldo.

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Creationist Wisdom #559: Another Hovind Fan

Today’s second letter-to-the-editor appears in the Pensacola News Journal of Pensacola, Florida — home of the creationist ministry of Kent Hovind (a/k/a “Dr. Dino”), and also the site of his recent trial. It’s titled Free Kent Hovind. An icon below the headline will take you to the newspaper’s comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. We’ll use only her first name, which is Louise. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Is the city of Pensacola run by complete morons? What is going on in your courts up there?

Louise apparently doesn’t know the difference between a municipal court and a federal court. Hovind was tried in the latter. If you’re new to this, see Kent Hovind Trial: He’s Guilty! Louise continues:

Did you know the average time for a murderer to be in jail is 229 months? Robbery runs about 83 months, rape 96.

We didn’t know that. Nor have we bothered to check those figures, because we don’t see that they’re relevant. Let’s read on:

But for withdrawing large amounts from his bank account instead of small ones, Dr. Kent Hovind has spent 98 months in jail. There’s no tax evasion about the case at all.

Aaaargh!! Hovind’s writeup in Wikipedia describes his 2006 conviction for tax evasion. That tells us:

On July 11, 2006, Hovind was indicted on 58 counts in the District Court in Northern Florida in Pensacola. Twelve counts were willful failure to collect, account for, and pay over federal income taxes and FICA taxes, totaling $473,818. Forty-five counts were knowingly structuring transactions by making multiple cash withdrawals totaling $430,500 in amounts just under the $10,000 which requires reporting … for which his wife was also charged. The last count was corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the administration of the internal revenue laws by falsely listing the IRS as his only creditor when filing for bankruptcy, filing a false and frivolous lawsuit against the IRS in which he demanded damages for criminal trespass, making threats of harm to those investigating him and to those who might consider cooperating with the investigation, filing a false complaint against IRS agents investigating him, filing a false criminal complaint against IRS special agents (criminal investigators), and destroying records.

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On October 21, 2006, the trial began in which he hoped to convince a jury that his amusement park admission and merchandise sales belonged to God and cannot be taxed. … After closing arguments were presented on November 2, the jury deliberated three hours before finding the Hovinds guilty on all counts, 58 for Hovind and 44 for his wife.

Besides, that has nothing to do with Hovind’s latest legal troubles, which are due to his activities after his earlier conviction. Here’s more from Louise:

And now since the judge didn’t get a straight-up guilty verdict, she’s going to have him retried and it doesn’t take a genius to realize she’ll try and push the case toward her desired verdict.

He was found guilty on one count, but it was a hung jury on the others. And the new trial wasn’t the judge’s decision. It was up to the prosecutors. All the judge did was set a trial date — that’s 18 May. See Kent Hovind Will Be Tried Again. Louise concludes her letter with this:

Why? I don’t know. But she makes you guys look like a joke. However, I enjoy a good joke. See you in May.

What does that mean? Will Louise be in Pensacola for the new trial? Perhaps she hopes to see a flaming finger from above reach down and smite the wicked judge. Be careful, Louise — that flaming finger might be aimed at Hovind — or maybe you.

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Creationist Wisdom #558: Origin of Everything

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Spectrum, a Gannett newspaper that doesn’t disclose its location, but their weather report reveals that they’re located in St. George, Utah. The letter is titled You have three choices. An icon below the headline gets you to the newspaper’s comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We’ll use only his first name, which is Michael. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

You can’t have evolution without matter. So where did matter come from?

Wow — what a profound question! Michael is a deep thinker. Well, where does matter come from? Here’s what Michael says:

Three choices. The universe created itself, the universe is self existing or special creation.

Brilliant! It’s perfectly logical that those are the only possibilities. Let’s read on:

All three are religious.

Huh? We know that special creation is religious, but what about the other two? Michael explains:

“Nothing blew up and here we are” and “the universe is self existing” are not scientific statements. They take faith.

Oh. Okay. Here’s more:

To be scientific it must be demonstrable, repeatable and observable (unlike evolution).

Repeatable. Aaaargh!! We just discussed that in Creationist Wisdom #555: Evolution Isn’t Science, therefore — if you’ll pardon the expression — we won’t repeat ourselves. Moving along:

So, where did matter come from? Question: If you know ten percent of everything, is it possible God exists in the ninety percent you don’t know?

Jeepers — another great question! Michael is full of them — or something. Well, dear reader, what do you think? Is God in what you don’t know? Michael gives us the answer at the end of his letter:

Let me help you: Yyyyeeeessss.

So now you know — it’s all about what you don’t know. Thanks, Michael.

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