YOU know who Ken Ham is — he’s the impresario of imbecility, the authority on absurdity, the producer of poppycock, the tycoon of tomfoolery. Ol’ Hambo is the creationist entrepreneur responsible for the infamous Creation Museum — which has become the North American Mecca for the mindless. Ham also operates the young-earth creationist website Answers in Genesis (AIG) — a cesspool of ignorance and misinformation.
Until now we’ve been content to regard ol’ Hambo as just another a creationist, albeit a highly successful one. But no longer, not after seeing the latest load of rubbish he’s written and posted at the AIG website. We’re referring to Separation of Christianity and State. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Almost all Americans have heard the phrase “separation of church and state.” It has been used as something of a club to “beat down” and eliminate Christianity from public places, including symbols (like crosses), disallow Bible reading and prayer in public schools, and stop the teaching of creation in science classes.
An ominous beginning. Stay with us. It gets worse. Much worse:
Now, where does the phrase “separation of church and state” come from? It is not a part of the original U.S. Constitution of 1787, as most people falsely believe, or in any of its amendments. In reality, the idea of a “wall of separation” between church and state came from a private letter from President Thomas Jefferson, and it has sadly been misused to slowly, but surely, eliminate Christianity from the public sector — and replace it with an anti-God religion.
Yes, Hambo, we all know where that specific phrase comes from. Here’s a link to Jefferson’s letter of 1802: Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists, which said:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.
That was Jefferson’s understanding of the First Amendment. Perhaps that’s why the creationist theocrats in Texas purged Jefferson from their textbooks on the American Revolution (see Texas Education: Embracing the Dark Ages).
The First Amendment was drafted by James Madison, who liked Jefferson’s phrase so well that he used it himself. In his letter to Robert Walsh written in 1819, after his presidency, Madison wrote:
It was the Universal opinion of the Century preceding the last [the 1600s], that Civil Govt could not stand without the prop of a Religious establishment, & that the Xn religion itself, would perish if not supported by a legal provision for its Clergy. The experience of Virginia conspicuously corroborates the disproof of both opinions. The Civil Govt, tho’ bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability and performs its functions with complete success, Whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood, & the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church from the State.
Madison used that phrase again, in 1822, in his Letter to Edward Livingston, where he said:
Notwithstanding the general progress made within the two last centuries in favour of this branch of liberty, & the full establishment of it, in some parts of our Country, there remains in others a strong bias towards the old error, that without some sort of alliance or coalition between Govt. & Religion neither can be duly supported. Such indeed is the tendency to such a coalition, and such its corrupting influence on both the parties, that the danger cannot be too carefully guarded agst. And in a Govt. of opinion, like ours, the only effectual guard must be found in the soundness and stability of the general opinion on the subject. Every new & successful example therefore of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance. And I have no doubt that every new example, will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt. will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
But Hambo is a better authority on the Constitution than Madison, right?
We’ve pointed out a few times before that “checks and balances” doesn’t appear in the text of the Constitution either, nor does “limited government,” or “federal republic,” or “popular sovereignty,” or many other phrases that are nevertheless routinely used to accurately describe the Constitution. So it is with “separation of church and state.”
Let’s read on a bit more in Hambo’s ridiculous article:
The religion of naturalism (atheism) has been imposed on the public education system, and on the culture as a whole. For instance, science textbooks …
In keeping with this pronouncement, these books teach molecules-to-man evolution, based only on unproven natural processes, as fact! In other words, they have eliminated the supernatural and replaced it with naturalism. In reality, they have eliminated the Christian worldview and replaced it with a secular, atheistic one!
Yeah, yeah. There’s so much hostility to Christians these days that they’ve had to go back into the catacombs to survive. There’s even a bounty on ’em! One more excerpt:
Sadly, because many Christians have falsely believed that there can be a neutral position, and have also been duped regarding the so-called “separation of church and state,” they are not prepared to boldly and unashamedly stand on the Word of God as they confront issues like abortion, “gay” marriage, racism, etc. By shrinking back, believers have allowed the secularists to impose their anti-God atheistic religion on the public schools — and the culture as a whole.
Okay, that’s enough. Hambo, baby, we suggest that you cool off by taking a dinosaur ride — you know, the sort of thing your ancestors did back in the days when humans and dinosaurs lived together — as they’re shown to do in your infinitely silly museum.
After that, Hambo, you might try to learn a few things about the American Revolution. Apparently they didn’t teach it very well in your native land. Australia was blessed by your departure, and America has been blighted by your arrival.
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