Ken Ham: Santa Claus and Noah’s Ark

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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9 responses to “Ken Ham: Santa Claus and Noah’s Ark

  1. I believe their original ground-breaking was supposed to be last August. At this pace, it will be years before begin work. I don’t think God is showing Ham much grace in his fundraising.

    On Ham’s cheap picture of the icons of Christmas posters, it says at the bottom that most modern traditions have their beginnings in scripture. Ha. Well, maybe most if you don’t count Christmas trees, Santa Clause, gift exchanges, singing, yule logs, candles and other lights, family get-togethers and feasts, etc. etc. If Ham wanted to legitimately provide the real meaning of the Christmas icons, he would explore each one’s pagan roots. He might also remind his visitors that most biblical scholars believe Jesus was born in the spring, so their is actually no reason whatsoever to spend any time celebrating Jesus’s birth at this time of year. Might as well enjoy the happy times and thank our pagan ancestors for coming up with such lasting traditions.

    April 1st, on the other hand, would be an excellent day to celebrate the birth of Jesus. More accurate, in many ways.

  2. Ceteris Paribus

    Dear Mr Ken Ham
    Thank you for explaining that Santa is just a fictional character. I thought so myself because even a small child like me knows there is no way Santa could get all those gifts loaded on his tiny sled.
    But I have one question for you. Can you explain how Noah got all those animals loaded onto his Ark? My parents told me that the animals back then had the ability to fold themselves up to fit in a much smaller space. Just like Tim Tebow. I hope so, because I asked Santa for a Tim Tebow(tm) fold-up doll and it would be really cool if Tim Tebow had been on the Ark.
    I know this letter sounds like it was written by a confused child, but I suspect that is the way you would still like us to be when we grow up and take the next generation to visit your awesome museum.
    Happy Holidays! OOPS! I mean Merry Xmas!

  3. Look on the bright side. Only a small minority of the most radical fundamentalists will take their young children to the museum. Everyone else will flock to the Discoveroid Christmas exhibit, where they can walk inside a large model of Rudolph’s irreducibly complex shiny red nose.

  4. I have to admit that I part company with the Curmudgeon on the Christmas issue. I think it is a cultural assault and political correctness gone mad, and that replacing “Christmas” with some mysteriously unstated “holiday” that no one dares say out loud just plain sounds creepy. And I’m not even religious. I like the Dickensian revelry part of it that’s been traditional for centuries, along with the parts that date back to heathen times. Christmas, as somebody pointed out, has been a largely secular holiday for a long time anyway. What’s the problem in calling it Christmas?That said, the as usual clueless and out of touch fundamentalist Christians are of little help in this battle because they’re still stuck thirty years ago fighting the last war. I still see stuff about “Keep Christ in Christmas” when the real problem is not being able to say Christmas at all. Most of them don’t like the secular revelry Christmas anyway, and really would prefer to keep it a grim, private little religious observance behind closed doors for a few true believers — if they celebrate Christmas at all, and there are sects that don’t.

  5. My parents belonged to a sect that did not celebrate Christmas, and I have to say that even as a teenager I found it a relief not to have to strain to pick out the perfect present for each of my near relatives, not to cut or buy a tree and decorate it, not to participate in the forced jollity.

    Mind you, I’m glad Christmas will justify a vacation day this week that will permit our son to come for a visit. We will have good food, good drink, good conversation, and plenty of jollity–the unforced kind. I wouldn’t think of engaging in a war on Christmas, since some of its side effects are so pleasant and it is not too much trouble to ignore the rest.

  6. This would be less of a problem if we had kept the old pagan name Yule (or Jul as they call it in Scandinavian countries) for the holiday. Some people just flip out at the mere mention of “Christ” in the name “Christmas”. I don’t know why.

    For most people it’s only incidentally a religious holiday. It’s been a pagan celebration of the beginning of Winter since long before Christianity existed. The present non-religious, non-sectarian nature of the holiday is the historical norm, it is not an aberration. The Puritans and Roundheads knew what they were doing when they banned Christmas.

    It is a thing far older than Christianity and not easily uprooted; even the Christian cooptation and renaming of the holiday hasn’t worked in the long run. We might as well refer to Mithras or Sol Invictus as “the reason for the season”.

    Feeling the need to self-censor and call this “the holidays” instead of Christmas is just PC gone mad. That’s how this atheist feels about the issue anyway.

  7. @meh

    Just a minor nit pick, but it has long been a celebration of the turning of winter, the mid point of winter, pointing to times of warmer, and longer days. America is about the only country in the Northern hemisphere to use the solstices as the start of the seasons, most of the rest use them as the mid points of the seasons.

  8. Christmas is more a secular holiday in this country than a religious one. I wish people Merry Christmas. In no way does that mean “congratulations your savior was born.” If that offends someone, I’m not sorry.

  9. Here is the part I do not get: Where did Noah get his $20M. Was the guy one of the richest of his tribe? In any time that is a lot of moolah, even adjusting to real dollars or shekels.