Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Letters to the Editor Should at Least Show a Grasp of the Subject

In a letter to the editor from the Lexington Herald Leader, this little bit of inaccuracy appeared.  I'm not going to quote the whole letter, you can read it for yourself.  But the writer got a few things in error.  He said that at little kennie ham's ark park public school students will be "presented with a theory".  Talk about incorrect!  Creationism, either the wider Christian version or the narrow Fundamentalist Evangelical Ham version is not a scientific theory and trying to equate it to actual science theories is creating an equality that is completely artificial and misleading.  I have to wonder if the letter writer even knows that in saying something like that, he's actually lying?

Then he goes on to say that neither ham's version of Creationism nor Evolution is scientific, which tells me the people of Kentucky are well served because he ended his letter with "(NOT THE STATE EDUCATION CHIEF)" and I am sure every person in Kentucky should have been breathing as sigh of relief that the writer isn't the chief of education in Kentucky or the state of your educational system would rival the absolute worst in the world.
Then the author goes on to pass on one of kennie's mantras, of how "Both models rely on the exact same body of evidence but the adherents of each interpret the evidence differently."  Does anyone still buy into that anymore? Little kennie doesn't 'come' to a conclusion, he already has his conclusion, it's whatever he interprets from his reading of the Bible. He then ignores the majority of the actual evidence and does his best to twist what little evidence remains to fit his preconceived 'conclusions'. I think we need to use a different word than 'conclusions' when discussing kennie ham. A 'conclusion' is something that occurs at the end of a process.  You can't start with a 'conclusion', as kennie does and then he tries to find a way to back to it no matter how convoluted the path he creates.  Yes, kennie does create his own path, for example the log rafts he claims delivered animals around the world following Noah's flood, that's not in the Bible, but a Hamian invention.  So is his explanation of where the Land of Nod is, and . . . well we could be here all day listing the things kennie invented to rationalize Biblical stories.

The most annoying thing in this letter is the mandate that if education is doing its job then "a field trip to the Ark Encounter should not only be permitted but required".  I have to wonder does this writer work for kennie and he's trying to bump up ark park attendance, especially since preliminary numbers do not seem to be supporting kennie's 2 million a year estimated attendance?  Going against the Constitution of the US and having public schools fund a visit to a specific religious ministry isn't something any school system should be contemplating.

Of course kennie is trying to pass off his ministry as an educational, recreational, or historical attraction, but that's just a recent turn of events ever since he found out some people have an actual understanding of the Bill of Rights and a public school funding a school trip to one of his ministries is a clear violation.  His pseudo-museum and ark park are ministries, something he has stated repeatedly and the purpose of those ministries, in his own words is 

  • Our work at Ark Encounter is not just a job, it is also a ministry.
  • Our purpose . . . to serve and glorify the Lord with our God-given talents with the goal of edifying believers and evangelizing the lost."
  • "Yes, our motive is to do the King’s business until He comes. And that means preaching the gospel and defending the faith, . . ."
Sure, educational, recreational, and historical . . . where?  His own words betray him.  I know the author of the letter already buys what kennie is selling, but looking at the many comments about the letter, not too many other people are.  The bodes well for Kentucky's future.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article93154457.html#storylink=cpy

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