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Creationist Wisdom #754: The Ultimate Answer

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Shelby Star, of Shelby, North Carolina. It’s titled God is the answer. The newspaper has a comments section, but with no comments yet.

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

This is a world of good and evil. Anyone who thinks he can impose goodness on mankind will encounter this dual side of man’s nature. When religions held the power, they tried to force their version of goodness on the world, and the result was an increase in man’s suffering.

Okay, religions shouldn’t hold power. Who should? Larry says:

Then along came science. As it became dominant, materialism took over. God was excluded or ignored, and the people lost their way. Ignoring God may seem reasonable, as we seldom can discern his impact on our lives. But he is hidden within us, and we direct our attention outwardly and thus do not see him.

Then we lost our way with science. Probably a reference to evolution. So what is the answer? Let’s read on:

We live in a country where the majority rules, but a moral consensus is not dispositive. The majority is often wrong, and has lost the power to discern what is moral and what is immoral. The men of reason have opted for moral relativism, but has this brought harmony to the world?

Democracy doesn’t work either. What shall we do? Larry continues:

Our present political discord is the result of our inner spiritual conflict. We have objectified our confusion onto the world around us. That confusion has always been there, and is inherent in man’s nature. Thus no absolute victory is possible in our political debate. Unless man changes, this will go on indefinitely.

Egad! Politics won’t work. Is there no hope? Hold on, it gets worse:

As to the Neunzig-Epstein debate [presumably a reference to this column about free speech], we delude ourselves if we think we can talk away the outward discord without correcting the inner discord. We are spiritually sick. The outer sickness is only a symptom, but talk may lead to an improvement outwardly, even while the discord continues.

So how do we fix the inner discord? Another excerpt:

People who are dead sure they are right may begin to have doubts. That would be the beginning of wisdom. True wisdom, though, is possible only to the extent that man becomes aware of his true nature.

What is our true nature? Larry gives us the answer:

Man thinks he is a body, and acts accordingly. But in truth, he is a soul. If he does not perceive it, he will not have access to truth and wisdom.

Yes — oh yes! But who is wise enough to understand? Larry says:

None of what I have just said will make a lick of sense to the man who deems himself smarter than ordinary folks. Self-love is his chief characteristic, but without humility, no wisdom is possible.

Are you paying attention? You need humility! And now we come to the end:

It is like trying to pour water into a full glass: not even God can do it. And, I assure you, he has tried to do so with all of us. And he will keep trying. He has all eternity.

So there you are, dear reader. Larry has given you the answer, but you probably don’t understand it. Read the letter again. If you figure it out, then please explain it to us.

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Florida Senate Passes ‘Drool in School’ Bill

We wrote about this when identical bills were introduced in both houses of the Florida legislature — see Florida Bills Allow Religion in Public Schools. Since then, things have been moving “forward,” so to speak.

At the website of WCTV, the CBS-affiliated television station for South Georgia and Florida’s Big Bend (part of the Florida Ark), we read: Religious Freedom legislation wins Senate vote. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Public school students will have more options to express their religious beliefs under legislation approved by the state Senate today. Opponents are worried kids will face discrimination or feel like they have to go along to get along, but the Senate President says schools have gone too far stifling religious discussion.

They don’t specifically say so, but they’re obviously talking about SB 436: Religious Expression in Public Schools. The legislature’s website informs us: “Last Action: 3/23/2017 Senate – Passed; YEAS 23 NAYS 13”

This is where you can read the bill’s text. An identical bill was introduced into the Florida House: HB 303: Religious Expression in Public Schools. Both bills say, among other things, that students could not be penalized for expressing religious views in “coursework, artwork or other written and oral assignments” and must have their work judged based on academic standards not religious content.

Then we’re told:

“This bill sends a message to our sixty-seven counties that you can take some liberties in showing religious expression,” said Sen. Doug Broxson (R-Pensacola).

[…]

Pastors in the audience cheered the vote. “Crime, teenage pregnancies exponentially [Huh?] went higher immediately after we took god out of our schools,” said Marion County pastor, Gerald Bustin.

Exciting, huh? One more excerpt:

The House version cleared its final committee on Thursday, setting it up for a final vote as early as next week.

The legislation will also allow students to wear religious clothing or jewelry, and form clubs, whenever students are also allowed to wear non secular messages, jewelry, or hold meetings.

They don’t mention it, but the bill also says:

A student may express his or her religious beliefs in coursework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination. A student’s homework and classroom assignments shall be evaluated, regardless of their religious content, based on expected academic standards relating to the course curriculum and requirements. A student may not be penalized or rewarded based on the religious content of his or her work if the coursework, artwork, or other written or oral assignments require a student’s viewpoint to be expressed.

As you know, a similar bill just became law in Kentucky — see Kentucky Passes ‘Drool in School’ Law. If this trend continues, and God is allowed back in the government’s schools, we’ll have no more crime, no more teen pregnancies, and no more one-sided teaching of “Darwinism.” Everything will be wonderful again!

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Rev. David Rives Rebuts Criticism

A week ago we wrote Rev. David Rives — New Stars Are Never Seen. The rev said that that according to “cosmic evolution,” stars formed after the Big Bang, but he claimed that there has never been a sighting of a new star forming.

We mentioned some easy-to-find evidence to the contrary. Does the rev read the Curmudgeon’s blog? Maybe he does, because we’re not aware of anyone else who bothers to write about him. Anyway, he has a new video at WorldNetDaily. The Drool-o-tron™ didn’t call to us us with its sirens and flashing lights. Instead, it made what seemed to be a laughing sound.

The rev’s new video is heralded by WND with this headline: The problem with so-called ‘stellar nurseries’. The actual title of the video is “A Star Is Born.”

The rev discusses stellar nurseries, which we mentioned as evidence for the formation of new stars. The rev disagrees. He says — in less than one minute — that stars aren’t born in what astronomers call stellar nurseries. They’ve always been there, since Creation. Take a look at his video, and then make up your own mind.

The rev still hasn’t changed his clothes, but who cares? He’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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Kentucky Passes ‘Drool in School’ Law

You remember what we wrote six weeks ago in Kentucky Creationism Bill for 2017. The Kentucky Senate had approved Senate Bill 17. Among other things, it would allow students to:

Express religious or political viewpoints in classroom, homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination or penalty based on the religious or political content of the submissions.

We remarked:

Isn’t that great? The kiddies can fill their homework with all the neat science they learned at Hambo’s Creation Museum.

As some of you expected, the state of Kentucky has passed that thing into law. At the website of WTVQ, the ABC-affiliated television station in Lexington, Kentucky, we read: Gov. Bevin signs SB 17, protecting religious expression in public schools.

The headline says it all. To be certain, we checked the state legislature’s link to follow the status and history of Senate Bill 17. We already knew it had been passed by the state Senate. No doubt about it — the legislature’s website informs us that the bill was passed the state House by a 81-8 vote, and then signed by the Governor on 16 March.

The TV station doesn’t say much else. This is the rest of their story:

The bill prevents school officials from regulating student organizations, including the selection of members and “doctrines and principles.”

It does a lot more than that. Among other things, it allows students to:

Access public secondary school facilities during noninstructional time as a member of a religious student organization for activities that may include prayer, Bible reading, or other worship exercises to the same extent that members of nonreligious student organizations are permitted access during noninstructional time …

Here’s the TV station’s final sentence:

LGBT advocates say the bill could give student groups a license to discriminate.

We hadn’t considered that aspect of the bill. Anyway, with Florida considering similar legislation — see Florida Bills Allow Religion in Public Schools — bills like this could become a trend.

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