Ken Ham’s Hate-Rant Against the Smithsonian

THIS is good! At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom, we found this hate-filled rant written by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) himself: Smithsonian Exhibition — Deception and Atheism. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

The National Museum of Natural History, funded by donations and tax money, recently opened its new exhibition on human origins. The NMNH in Washington D.C. is one of the famed Smithsonian Museums.

To build this exhibition, called the Hall of Human Origins, the Smithsonian spent almost as much money as we did to build the entire 70,000 square-foot, high-tech Creation Museum near Cincinnati!

You can decide for yourself, dear reader, which was the more worthwhile expenditure: the Hall of Human Origins, or Hambo’s Creation Museum. Let’s read on:

The purpose of this exhibit on the origin of man is not only to indoctrinate children and adults in evolution, but also atheism!

Egad! We continue:

In a CNSNews report, with a headline that included the words Devoid of References to God, we read the following about the new exhibit:

[Quoting CNSNews:] The stages of human development also are highlighted, but visitors will not find any references to God, creationism, or pre-natal existence. The exhibit’s Web site says fossils “provide evidence that modern humans evolved from earlier humans.”

What’s CNSNews? Here’s their About Us page. It says:

The Cybercast News Service was launched on June 16, 1998 … . Study after study by the Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com, clearly demonstrate a liberal bias in many news outlets … MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell III founded CNSNews.com.

Okay, that’s who they are. We found their article — the one that got Hambo all worked up: New Smithsonian Exhibit on Human Origins Devoid of References to God, Creation or Pre-Natal Existence. We continue, as Hambo quotes a bit more from CNSNews:

. . . Richard Potts, curator and director of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program, said the Smithsonian Institution has a “deep commitment to the study of evolution” and that the new permanent exhibit will answer “profound questions” about human origins.

When asked by CNSNews.com why the exhibit does not include any reference to God or address the debate — even in scientific circles — about Darwinian evolution, Potts replied that the Natural History Museum ‘is a science museum, and all the objects that a museum can possibly display about the origins of humans have been uncovered in the context of doing the science of evolution.’

Gasp! Not only was CNSNews enraged about that, but so is Hambo. He says:

they have arbitrarily defined science (which means “knowledge”) as having nothing to do with God. They will only allow explanations according to their view of naturalism, the religion of atheism.

[...]

Evolution, in the Darwinian sense (using naturalism and no supernaturalism), is their bottom-line presupposition. It’s used to interpret the evidence of the fossils they display as they attempt to reconstruct the unobservable past.

Outrageous! But that’s not all. Hambo continues:

In an interview with the Washington Post, Potts [the curator] was asked whether creationism would be found in the Hall of Human Origins. He replied: “There’s no Adam and Eve here.” He continued: “If you believe that the world — and man — was created in seven days, and that it’s only thousands of years old, you might have a little problem with an exhibition that talks about a process of 6 million to 8 million years.”

You can easily see why Hambo would find this beyond toleration. Moving along in Hambo’s article:

The American public has largely been duped into thinking that by not mentioning God or the Bible, something like the Smithsonian is being “neutral.” But there is no neutral position; one is either for Christ or against (Luke 11:23). This museum is imposing a religion on generations of Americans: the religion of atheism. It’s the same worldview that is being thrust at generations of children in the public schools.

Yeah! According to Hambo, you’re either with us or you’re against us! And if you’re against us — watch out!

Creepy stuff. We’ll skip a lot of it and excerpt this from the end of Hambo’s rant:

So, here we have tens of millions of dollars (including your tax money) that have been spent on deception and ultimately to promote the religion of atheism! We pray that with God’s blessing, our Creation Museum and other outreaches will continue to help undo the terrible damage done to the hearts and minds (with eternal consequences) of countless children and adults.

In our humble opinion, Hambo is going way beyond merely making a shady living by touting creationism. It appears that he’s trending toward being an inflammatory rabble-rouser. Is it possible that one of his mindless followers might be motivated to take action against the Smithsonian? Yes, something like that could happen. By writing hate pieces like this, Hambo seems to be encouraging it.

That’s why we shall continue watching his activities.

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13 responses to “Ken Ham’s Hate-Rant Against the Smithsonian

  1. NDaBoonies

    I think Hambone is starting to realize he won’t see his dream of growing a generation of people sympathetic to his nonsense.

    So he attacks the nearest target.

  2. NDaBoonies says: “So he attacks the nearest target.”

    He may get some traction with this. Brent Bozell, the guy who started CNSNews, is often on Fox News, where Ham is one of the sponsors. If they start to attack the Smithsonian, we can expect some idiot in Congress to complain about their funding.

  3. Just wait until he reads the Constitution and discovers — ::gasp!:: — it is devoid of references to gods or God!

    Ham will stop driving when he opens his car operator manual to discover it is completely “DEVOID OF REFERENCES TO GOD!

    If we’re lucky, he’ll stop eating when he discovers that his cook book is completely and utterly devoid of references to God!”

    Maybe God is trying to tell Ham something.

  4. Oh the hypocrisy. Hammy claims that atheism is a “religion” and is imposing itself on the nation. Then assets that it is his actual religion that should be compelled upon the poor defenseless uneducated masses.

  5. Methinks that Hammy is beginning a damage limitation exercise to protect his profits.

  6. What the heck does pre-natal existence have to do with evolution? Is there some rule that says fundamentalists must mention at least two conservative talking points in every message, no matter how irrelevant the second one may be? Hey Ken, next time just go all out for the trifecta: complain about how the museum exhibit doesn’t say anything about Obama’s birth in Kenya, either.

    I’m also wondering whether the title ‘CNSNews’ was, um, intelligently designed to emulate CNN for the purposes of gaining some false credibility. CNSN reminds me of Sorny and Magnetbox from the Simpsons.

  7. Ham creates a museum for the specific purpose of indoctrinating visitors into a very specific world view, so naturally he assumes all museums create exhibits for the same purpose…

    Hopefully a few of his readers will go check it out. At least he’s giving them some publicity.

  8. Hopefully a few of his readers will go check it out. At least he’s giving them some publicity.

    I’m not a reader of Ham, but this is the first I’d heard of a new exhibit at the Natural History museum. It is my third favorite Smithsonian (behind Air & Space & American History). Since I’m only 25 minutes from downtown DC (on the weekends when the traffic isn’t nearly so bad), I’ll have to make the trip down there. Maybe post an update later? And if I come across Ham himself, I’ll pass along y’all’s good wishes!

  9. I just sit here with my jaw on the floor and marvel at the absolutes that this “person” spouts off. He is among a few dogmatic voices across this country that have skewered the truth and warped reality.

    Science does not exclude God and to believe in science does not mean that one does not believe in God. Faith and Fact are NOT the same and are not mutually exclusive.

    Gonna pick my jaw up, close my mouth and hope that someday these folks have a clash with reality.

  10. To SamF:
    I have lived and taught college biology in Louisiana for 32 years and I can assure you that the creationists will NEVER!!! come to reality. For the most part, I have had a lot of good students over the years. Few have ever challenged evolution to my face, but behind my back, who knows. It looks like we may have to gear up for another battle a la Dover. The Livingston, LA school board seem destined to try to put creationism into the curriculum. The school board staff did not try to do this in the 2010-2011 year, but the school board seem to want them to do it for the 2011-2012 school year. The discussions in the school board meeting are so open and above board about the religious aspects of this, that a law suit would be fairly easy to pursue.

  11. “They will only allow explanations according to their view of naturalism, the religion of atheism.”

    snip

    “So, here we have tens of millions of dollars (including your tax money) that have been spent on deception and ultimately to promote the religion of atheism!”

    So, naturalism is the religion of atheism, yet atheism itself is a religion?

    Wow. This bone-headed Ham is so drunk on his own rage that he simply can’t be bothered to get his own bs story straight.

  12. retiredsciguy

    The Insightful Curmudgeon writes,
    ” It appears that he’s [Ken Ham's] trending toward being an inflammatory rabble-rouser. Is it possible that one of his mindless followers might be motivated to take action against the Smithsonian? Yes, something like that could happen. By writing hate pieces like this, Hambo seems to be encouraging it.”

    It’s always risky to guess another’s motivations, but I think you’ve nailed it — scary as that is. The same people who would willingly murder a doctor because of abortion or bomb a clinic are likely his followers.

    (To all readers of SC’s blog who are opposed to abortion — I am NOT implying that all who would oppose abortion are followers of Ham or would commit murder to further their views.)

  13. Biokid–

    If you’ve been teaching for 32 years, are you really a Biokid or a Bioman!!!!

    Thanks for fighting the good fight! I raise a glass to you and your awesome career of awesomness!!!
    :D