Letters to the Editor

Letter: Ossified thinking

March 3, 2014


To the editor:

I read with great interest on Friday morning about the new addition to the Kansas Statehouse: a 17 foot juvenile mosasaur hanging on the wall in Gov. Brownback’s ceremonial office. Though I understand the geological and paleontological significance of the marine fossil, I couldn’t help but think of its apt symbolic meaning to the state of Kansas as our Legislature seems to make decisions based on ossified premises with pre-historic enlightenment. I am now waiting for the next batch of tea-partiers to claim the fossils are not as old as the scientists claim them to be and that they shared the earth with human beings.


Ken Lassman 4 years, 1 month ago

Well, Alan Detrich, the source of the piece, is a bit perplexing as he has on the one hand talked about Tyrannosaurus being 65 million years old, yet on the other hand has written on his website: "evil-utionist = ape-iest = malarki-ologist" As a devout Christian, he has grappled with the issue of evolution as it relates to his faith and has been publicly very ambiguous in his conclusions, at least to my knowledge.

He has created art pieces that depict Christ made from dinosaur bones, which in my mind, acts like a kind of Rorschach ink blot, with the viewer revealing more about her/his projections onto the ambiguity of the art piece than Detrich trying to necessarily sway folks one way or the other. Judging from one brief conversation I had with him in the library once, he seems to be a very sincere, religious man who likes playing with these edges.

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