Ken Ham Denounces the Pope

We’ve already written about the unremarkable fact that Pope Benedict accepts the evidence for the Big Bang (see Discovery Institute Quote-Mines the Pope). We didn’t think the Pope’s announcement was very newsworthy, but we hadn’t considered the effect it would have on Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian creationist who brought you Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Ol’ Hambo has posted a fiery, frenzied, foaming-at-the-mouth, carpet-chewing rant at his blog: The Pope on the Big Bang. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

One of the major news items yesterday had the headline: “God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope.”

We’ve linked to that story before. Let’s read on:

Now here is the problem with so many church leaders — they accept the fallible ideas of man (e.g., Big Bang) and claim there is no “conflict with faith,” but there is an irreconcilable conflict with God’s Word!

Wow — an irreconcilable conflict!! We continue:

The Big Bang has the sun and stars before the earth, but God said He made the earth before the sun and stars. Furthermore, the Big Bang has the earth beginning as a hot molten blob, but the Bible has the earth at the beginning covered with water.

Yes, now that we think about it, Hambo’s right! There does appear to be a conflict. We’re shocked — shocked! Here’s more:

Now, if the book of Genesis is an allegory, then sin is an allegory, the Fall is an allegory, the need for a Savior is an allegory, and Adam is an allegory — but if we are all descendants of an allegory, where does that leave us? It destroys the foundation of all Christian doctrine — it destroys the foundation of the gospel.

Jeepers — this is serious! Somebody’s got to do something about that Big Bang thing. It’s an outrage! And what’s the matter with that Pope? Didn’t he go to Sunday school? Maybe Hambo should invite him to the Creation Museum so he can get some education.

There’s more to ol’ Hambo’s rant, but here’s how it concludes:

Bottom line: if the Pope believes in the Big Bang and the Pope believes Genesis is an allegory — he is teaching something that contradicts and undermines the Word of God.

As always, Hambo ends with this line:

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,

Why is Hambo thanking us for praying? Does he think we’re praying to him?

Update: See Ken Ham on Reactions to his Anti-Pope Rant.

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13 responses to “Ken Ham Denounces the Pope

  1. Gabriel Hanna

    When have Protestant fundamentalists NOT hated the Pope? Everybody tries so hard to be PC now, but get them annoyed and all of a sudden the Pope is the Antichrist and the Roman Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon. When you’ve been doing something for 400 years it’s hard to break the habit.

  2. Gabriel Hanna asks:

    When have Protestant fundamentalists NOT hated the Pope?

    I know, but a rant about the Big Bang? Like it’s a Vatican plot or something.

  3. I’m no fan of Pope Rat, but I think he is probably not terribly concerned over what Ken Ham has to say…about anything.

  4. According to Wikipedia, only 10% of Kentuckians are Catholic. It looks like Hambo’s Ark Park is politically safe.

  5. Now, if the book of Genesis is an allegory, then sin is an allegory…

    Hey Ken, if The Notebook is fiction, does that mean illiteracy isn’t a problem? Does it mean WWII never happened?

    Good gawd that man’s arguments are stupid. Its like seeing communism being attacked for not having sufficient control over markets. I may not be a communist, but my feelings towards it doesn’t make the argument any less idiotic.

  6. Zounds, it’s a revelation!

    This proves that Behe misread his own handwriting!

    What it really is, is –

    Irreconcilable Conflictity

    !!!

  7. Now, if the book of Genesis is an allegory, then sin is an allegory, the Fall is an allegory, the need for a Savior is an allegory, and Adam is an allegory — but if we are all descendants of an allegory, where does that leave us? It destroys the foundation of all Christian doctrine — it destroys the foundation of the gospel.

    BINGO!
    (To paraphrase PZ)

  8. I don’t recall Ham criticizing the pope for protecting pedophile priests, or for criticizing use of condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS, or for being against contraception, or his stance against people who are born other than heterosexual, (come to think of it, Ham probably agrees with that one), the equality and rights of women, or many other issues where the church works against the welfare of it’s members and society at large …. instead, he criticizes the Pope on this? Really?

    It’s pretty clear where Ham’s priorities are. What a little piece of pork.

  9. Small observation that if the Bible is the word of god and he is capable of so many miracles as illustrated in the Bible isn’t it time he got his own Facebook page? I mean really can’t god keep up with technology?

  10. Ed says:

    I don’t recall Ham criticizing the pope for protecting pedophile priest …

    I donno how Hambo thinks. Maybe he figures the little ones will somehow find their way, and their abusers can still be saved. But this Big Bang thing is different. It’s bad, really bad!

  11. retiredsciguy

    Ed: “It’s pretty clear where Ham’s priorities are. What a little piece of pork.”

    That’s good!

  12. Benjamin Franklin

    Announcing the New and Improved Ken Ham.

    Now even more infallible!

  13. Guess how many times the Pope mentioned “Big Bang” in his sermon?
    NONE!! Not once! Where does Ken Ham get this stuff? I feel badly that he (Ham) got himself into a tizzy over what was said—when it actually wasn’t said!
    Boy, how’s that for trying hard to make an entire faith look heretical when it never even happened. Mr.Ham needs to spend less time looking for a chance to defend himself, or at least know thine enemy because he is sorely out of line here. Do a search for big bang in the Pope’s sermon….and good luck!
    http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2011/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20110106_epifania_en.html