Ken Ham: Taking Candy from a Baby

One must have a certain admiration for Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and he also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

What is there to admire? For one thing, he’s very good at what he does — he profits from mythology, and his creationist empire is growing. As you know, he’s planning to add a Noah’s Ark theme park named Ark Encounter. It’ll have a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark, and a Tower of Babel too. Nothing wrong with that!

One of Hambo’s talents is raising money. We wrote about one such episode a few months ago: Ken Ham Gets a Quick $1K. Hambo got $1,000 from a 13-year-old kid who had earned that money cutting lawns. In exchange for his savings, the kid got a lifetime pass to Hambo’s Creation Museum.

More recently we wrote Ken Ham Gets a Few Dollars More. In that one, Hambo had received $100 from a 16-year-old kid in exchange for a “peg” in the new Noah’s Ark replica. Sometimes, however, there’s no museum pass or Ark peg involved. Hambo just flat-out asks for money: Ken Ham Needs You To Send Money Now!

Well, ol’ Hambo hasn’t lost the touch. He’s just posted A Young Peg Sponsor at the AIG website. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Recently we received a $100 donation to sponsor a peg in the Noah’s Ark we are building in Northern Kentucky (part of our “peg, plank, and beam” sponsorships of the Ark Encounter project).

Hey — a hundred here, a hundred there … pretty soon it starts to add up. Let’s read on:

When we sent a reply to the donor, we received this email:

[The email AIG received:] Thanks for the email, Jennifer. Mason is my son, whose donation was the result of money given him in lieu of presents (at his request) by his friends for his 7th birthday.

A 7-year-old kid’s birthday money! BWAHAHAHA! One more excerpt:

How we praise the Lord for the number of young children who are excited about AiG, the Creation Museum, and now the Ark Encounter project. God is raising up many such dedicated young people today!

As we said at the beginning — you gotta admire ol’ Hambo. He knows how to get the moolah. And he brags about it.

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7 responses to “Ken Ham: Taking Candy from a Baby

  1. Aw, he’s just a novice. Wait ’til he figures out how to sell Miracle Spring Water ™ like Rev. Peter Popoff – or the Red Blood of Jesus Prayer Handkerchief (all rights reserved; pat. pend.) like Pastor Kerney Thomas.

  2. He’s got 7-year olds on his “payroll”? (Okay, maybe “reverse payroll” is a better way to describe it. No, not that. “Cult”? The only thing missing is the messiah complex, or does Hambo have that, too?) Remember: That 7-year old is going to grow up and be a voting citizen in 11 years. And it sounds as if Mom & Dad are encouraging his “critical thinking” (spit) by inculcating him completely and deeply in the idea of “God selected us as special, so we must push forth His word that we are special and that science is eeeee-vil.”

  3. Exactly how does a 7 year old make a decision like that? I would love to hear the kid’s explanation of what the park will be, what it’s purpose will be, and how his $100 dollars will further that purpose. If I were his Dad, I would have steered him toward starting an IRA if the kid is that smart about money.

    The boy probably thought he would get a cool peg from a real Noah’s ark, but we know from the prior story that Ham will just take the money. It probably went to support the new auditorium also featured on the linked page.

    The blog from their visitor to the Galapagos on that page is also humorous. Take them there, show them the evidence, and still they refuse to see.

  4. Why get more when he’s got a huge boat load of those filthy green stuff?

  5. Ken Ham — “Lettuce prey…”

  6. Someone buy poor Mason a chemistry set or something for his birthday. Poor kid.

  7. Y’know, there’s gotta be about 20,034 or so charities that would make better use of that money than lining Ken Ham’s pocket. Disgusting.