YOu all know about Ken Ham (“Hambo” to us), and you’re probably aware of — but haven’t visited — his Creation Museum, which was recently built in Petersburg, Kentucky and is said to have cost $27 million. And you certainly know about Hambo’s hard-core, young-earth creationist website, Answers in Genesis.
We’ve written before about Creation Museum Commercials on Fox News, and then here: Creationism on Fox News. That second post mentioned a blog entry by Hambo trumpeting his latest series of ads on Fox: TV spots for our “IAmNotAshamed.org” campaign.
But perhaps you haven’t had the “opportunity” to see Hambo’s new ads. So click on the video above. It’s only about thirty seconds long. Hambo also posted this, which describes other places where these ads are appearing.
What do we learn from this? We already know about the activities of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids), as they relentlessly pursue their wedge strategy campaign. As a first step toward theocracy, they’re promoting creationism through political means. To do this, they rely primarily on private donations.
Compared to AIG, the Discoveroids have taken the “high road” — a top-down approach of trying to influence academics and legislators. The wedge strategy has been pretty much a failure so far, but as long as their patrons keep the money flowing, the Discoveroids aren’t quitting.
AIG, on the other hand, is taking the low road — a primitive approach of going right to the people. Despite its crudity, AIG’s approach has the advantage of being self-financed. They’re not dependent on theocratic patrons. As long as a significant portion of the population keeps visiting AIG’s creationist attractions, they can continue to spread creationism.
We’re not happy about either campaign, but the two together are far worse than either one alone. We need to remain aware of both, because with one group taking the high road and another traveling the low road, we’re no longer facing merely a wedge — it’s actually a pincer movement; and we’re getting squeezed in the middle.
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