ICR: Expelling Ken Ham Is Like Expelling Jesus

We like to see doctrinal food-fights among various creationist groups. It’s educational, because it demonstrates a vital difference between science and theology. When scientists disagree, they can conduct an experiment or search for other evidence, and reality will resolve the issue; but there is no comparable dispute-resolution mechanism for theological disagreements.

We recently posted the news that Ken Ham Was Expelled from Homeschool Conventions. It seems that even a young-earth creationist homeschool convention found Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the creationist Australian entrepreneur who brought you Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, to be too strident and controversial.

For a brief moment it appeared that Hambo had been totally isolated from his fellow creationists, but today it looks like he’s picked up an ally — the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. They’ve just posted an article by Henry Morris III, the son of ICR’s founder. Young Morris is carrying on the family’s creationism business as ICR’s president.

Morris’ article is titled A Time to Keep Silent, and a Time to Speak. It begins with some quotes from scripture, leading Morris to say:

If we as Bible-believing Christians truly affirm that Jesus is, in fact, God incarnate and that His gospel is, in fact, the only remedy for a sin-dead and fallen world, then we are also under heaven’s authority to confirm and endorse Christ’s message — to the exclusion of all others.

Then he discusses some of the participants in creationist homeschool conventions, mentioning those whose religious opinions are unacceptable to him. We’ll skip about two-thirds of the article because it’s all sectarian squabbling. The good part comes near the end. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us, and scripture references deleted:

Removing a nationally-known and highly-respected defender of the Bible like Ken Ham — one who truly supports the efforts of Christian homeschooling — reveals the sad state of today’s homeschool movement. Given the same scenario in the first century, Jesus would have been “disinvited” from speaking at these conventions, and certainly the apostle Paul for naming names, as he did in his epistles.

Are we reading that correctly? Removing Ken Ham is like removing Jesus? Yes, after you read the start of Morris’ essay, about how intolerant Morris thinks Jesus was (“no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”), you’ll realize that’s exactly what young Morris said. Let’s read on:

These short-sighted actions by homeschool organizers now run the risk of dividing and dismembering much of what has made Christian homeschooling effective. No doubt those parents who love the Word of God will think twice before investing their precious resources in similar events in the future. Perhaps this incident provides a crucial opportunity for reflection, renewal, and hopefully a recommitment amongst homeschool leaders everywhere.

An “opportunity for reflection” by creationist homeschoolers? Is he kidding? Oh, he’s talking about the homeschool leaders, not the parents who inflict such stuff on their children. Well, yes, the leaders can think. And they’ve already made their decision to expel ol’ Hambo. We continue:

The organizers of these events have a choice: to resolutely and openly declare themselves and their conventions to be uncompromisingly Christian or to announce that they no longer will characterize their work as founded on the teachings of the Bible.

Whoa! Now there’s a declaration of sectarian intolerance if ever we saw one. That’ll make ICR as popular as Ken Ham at homeschool conventions. That’s not surprising. Young Morris is proud that ol’ Hambo got his start at ICR. We wrote about that in this post: Henry Morris and the Ministry of Truth. You see, dear reader, there’s a reason why we call ICR the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.

We don’t have a horse in this race, so we’re sitting back and watching the situation unfold. Actually, that’s a bad way to put it — the horse is a noble beast. This is more like a beauty contest for toads. We can’t cheer for any of them.

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13 responses to “ICR: Expelling Ken Ham Is Like Expelling Jesus

  1. cnocspeireag

    I rather like toads, they can be splendid creatures. I take amiss your analogy.

  2. The christian homeschooling community must be the largest customer base for both Ham and Morris’ enterprises, at least for educational materials and possibly also for speaking fees. If that community shuns them, as they might, that will have a significant impact.

    Perhaps this is an opening for Biologos to make new friends in the homeschooling community. That would be a huge benefit.

  3. cnocspeireag says:

    I rather like toads, they can be splendid creatures. I take amiss your analogy.

    I like them too. They’re delicious. Especially roasted over an open fire, then dipped in chocolate. But they’re not pretty — except to other toads.

  4. There are some quite attractive tree toads…very poisonous, but attractive.

  5. Actually, it is nothing like expelling Jesus. It is alot like Jesus kicking the money changers out of the temple.

  6. I’ll tell you what is delicious…. schadenfreud. It is delicious. So very, very delicious.

  7. LRA says:

    I’ll tell you what is delicious…. schadenfreud. It is delicious. So very, very delicious.

    Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?
    Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

  8. Ed said: There are some quite attractive tree toads…very poisonous, but attractive.

    I found out they are only toxic if they eat certain things. Discovered those kept in captivity usually aren’t . Learned it at Reptile Days at our own NC Museum of Science. They are really gorgeous.

  9. I meant the toads are gorgeous, not the museum (it is pretty nice tho’).

  10. Lynn: that proves the old adage “you are what you eat.”

  11. I’m sure there are plenty of toads out there who look at their reflection in the top of o’ the moat they live and think, “Yes, I’m dead sex-XAY!

  12. retiredsciguy

    Ed says, “That proves the old adage “you are what you eat.””

    This only holds true for canabals. Case in point: Curmy says he eats toads, but he evidently is not a toad. He can type, and furthermore, his picture is untoadlike.

  13. And I’m more fun than a barrel of toads. Well, maybe not.