Ken Ham Expelled from Homeschool Conventions!

We’ve been writing about the homeschool activities of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the creationist Australian entrepreneur who brought you Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Our most recent post on that topic was Ken Ham Rants Against Reality. But before we had a chance to check out ol’ Hambo’s website today, we learned about the latest development from PZ’s blog, so he gets the hat tip.

At Hambo’s website we read: Kicked Out of Two Homeschool Conferences. Verily, the title is delicious, and merely seeing it invokes a hearty BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Answers in Genesis, recognized as one of the strongest advocates for homeschooling in America, has been kicked out of two homeschool conventions where AiG President Ken Ham had been scheduled to speak. In addition, AiG as an exhibitor has also been expelled. One of the conferences is being held in our “backyard”: at the Cincinnati Convention Center.

Kicked out? Again we say: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:

In an email to Ken Ham, the leader of this homeschool group wrote to us (just after midnight last night) to announce its decision. Sadly, the leader of this group did not personally call Ken or anyone at AiG first, nor did anyone on his board, to make sure they got the full background. Just as a common courtesy … one would expect that one of its leaders would at least have spoken to us before rescinding our agreement.

All together now: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! We continue, as the AIG post purports to quote from the email ol’ Hambo received in the dead of night. We’re dealing with creationists here, so we can’t vouch for the accuracy of AIG’s quote:

[Allegedly the email sent to Hambo:] After much prayer and deliberation over the weekend, Great Homeschool Convention’s Advisory Board has unanimously decided to disinvite Ken and AIG from all future conventions, including the Cincinnati convention next week. The Board believes this to be the Lord’s will for our convention and searched the Scriptures for the mind of the Lord and the leadership of the Holy Spirit before arriving at this decision. The Board believes that Ken’s public criticism of the convention itself and other speakers at our convention require him to surrender the spiritual privilege of addressing our homeschool audience.

Please know that our Board is 100% young earth and we largely share AIG’s perspective from a scientific standpoint. That is why Ken was originally invited … . Our Board believes Ken’s comments to be unnecessary, ungodly, and mean-spirited statements that are divisive at best and defamatory at worst.

The email continues for a few more paragraphs, but you can click over to the AIG article to read it all. Then AIG spends several paragraphs — a few pages, really — denying that Hambo’s behavior justifies such action. They’re very good at denial, because creationism is nothing but denial, so maybe you’ll enjoy reading what they say. Here’s a tiny sample:

We at Answers in Genesis are on a crusade — a mission. We continue to move ahead to call the church and culture back to the authority of God’s Word. … The position of Answers in Genesis is that when it comes to biblical truth, there is only one truth, and we are called to be intolerant of all other opposing claims of truth. AiG is, therefore, at least willing to admit our “intolerance” in this area.

What can we say in closing this post? Only this seems appropriate: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Update: See ICR: Expelling Ken Ham Is Like Expelling Jesus.

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16 responses to “Ken Ham Expelled from Homeschool Conventions!

  1. we are called to be intolerant of all other opposing claims of truth.

    I’m savoring this rare moment of honesty from Ham. If he had only added that his intolerance justified AiG’s lies, distortions, defamations and questionable fund raising practices…well, that would be truly sublime.

  2. So basically, it is the Judean People’s Front vs. the People’s Front of Judea.

  3. Divide and conquer

  4. Nice of you to provide a tip o’ your hat to PZ since he rarely does the same.

    (I’m a fan, but he doesn’t, does he?)
    (Like your version a bit better, too.)

  5. Lynn Wilhelm says:

    Nice of you to provide a tip o’ your hat to PZ since he rarely does the same.

    He’s done it, but it’s rare. I usually find my news the old-fashioned way, from the press via Google; but if I learn of something from another blog, I always say so. Why not?

  6. BWAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAAAAHAHAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I’m sure the German word “Schadenfreude” was coined for exactly this sort of situation.

    I’m awash with it at the moment. 🙂

  8. This is exactly what happens with groups like this: They tear each other apart. The problem is the damage that the do in the meantime. . .

  9. retiredsciguy

    Ken Ham: “The position of Answers in Genesis is that when it comes to biblical truth, there is only one truth, and we are called to be intolerant of all other opposing claims of truth.”

    I would have never expected this statement from one who calls himself a Christian. Can’t he realize how saying this makes him sound exactly like a radical Islamist? The man is totally unhinged. Will he soon be calling for the death of all non-believers? The bombing of all public school science classrooms?

    He’s not just nuts, he’s dangerously nuts. He is totally convinced God is on his side, and that God is calling him to do whatever is necessary to ensure that all left living on the planet believe as he does.

    SC, you are doing a great service to society by exposing this madman.

  10. retiredsciguy says:

    SC, you are doing a great service to society by exposing this madman.

    Thanks, but I’m far from the only one doing this. I didn’t get started on him until 2008, shortly after he had built his creation museum. But I’ve stayed with it ever since.

  11. “But I’ve stayed with it ever since.”

    You have, without question. And we, your loyal readers, appreciate your monitoring of Hambo’s Dineysore Museum and Christian Crack House.

  12. retiredsciguy

    SC: “Thanks, but I’m far from the only one doing this.”

    True — but yours is by far the best-written, most thoughtful and most readable blog that I have seen on the subject. Most importantly, you do a great job of gate-keeping — which is a big reason why your blog is so readable. You have gained a very intelligent group of regular contributors.

  13. Ken Ham has the right to say and believe what he wants. This is America. And to compare someone like him to Islamic nut-jobs shows your complete ignorance. You guys are “intolerant” of bible believing Christians. That is obvious but you are definitly free to speak on some cheesy blog. I won’t be back to read any responses. Later.

  14. Jack Flack says: “I won’t be back”

    That’s true.

  15. Gabriel Hanna

    Jack Flack has a point: there is a huge difference between being unwilling to listen to people who don’t believe in the Bible, and calling for the deaths of people who don’t believe in the Bible. retiredsciguy’s interpretation, “he is totally convince… that God is calling him to do whatever is necessary to ensure that all left living on the planet believe as he does,” is not based on anything Ken Ham has actually said.

    The penalty for annoying creationists is nasty letters to the editor; the penalty for annoying Islamic fundamentalist includes not only your own death but the deaths of people who most likely didn’t even have anything to do with the original annoyance. Like I’ve said before, creationists are not only not in the same league, they are not playing the same sport.

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  16. Really, the most eloquent response you could come up with was “BWAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAAAAHAHAAAA”? I am dazzled by your argument, WOW!