Well, our title is a little bit misleading, because we have two brief news items to share with you. One is about Santa and the other is about the Ark. But we got your attention.
Both items concern the goings-on in the world of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. He also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
The Santa news comes from ol’ Hambo’s personal blog. The thing is titled Santa at the Creation Museum? Hambo says, with bold font added by us:
Yes, we do have Santa at the Creation Museum — well sort of!
Don’t tease us, Hambo. What’s going on? The creationist guru continues:
As we are holding eight special days of Christmas celebrations at the Creation Museum called Christmas Town, we have created a new display that centers on the real meaning of Christmas. As guests enter the portico of the museum, they will see a display that discusses the origins of some holiday icons like Santa Claus and how such figures detract from the centrality of Christ during Christmas.
This is an outrage! Hambo has declared war on Santa! Then he says:
[W]e just wanted you to be aware that with everything we do during our eight days of Christmas Town activities, it all points to the Babe in the manger.
That settles it. No Santa, no Curmudgeon! Don’t look for us, Hambo. We won’t visit an anti-Santa museum.
The next item is an article about Hambo’s proposed replica of Noah’s Ark — a “full-scale, all-wood ark based on the dimensions provided in the Bible (Genesis 6), using the long cubit.” This bizarre project has its own website: Ark Encounter. We’ve written about it several times, for example: Ken Ham Announces Noah’s Ark Theme Park.
The Ark news is a small part of an AIG article titled Prayer Requests and Praises, December 2011. Regarding the Ark, we are informed:
By God’s grace, we have now reached the four-million-dollar mark for Ark Encounter donations. That’s quite a bit of money — we’re almost one fifth of the way there! Still, there’s plenty left to go, so please keep praying for guidance and wisdom with this monumental project as we move forward in faith.
They’ve actually raised four million bucks! And they intend to raise $20 million. For Noah’s Ark!
This is a sign that our civilization is truly in the End Times. There is no hope!
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