It’s all quite amusing. In case you haven’t yet heard the news, we’re talking about the latest bit of foolishness being promoted at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia; and he’s the brains behind the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum — which has become the North American Mecca for the mindless.
This silly business first came to our attention through an announcement on 02 June at ol’ Hambo’s personal blog: The National Campaign Begins, in which he told of a new billboard campaign featuring dinosaurs to publicize the Creation Museum. Hambo said:
[B]eginning yesterday, billboards (with 20 different styles to choose from) are being put up all across the nation on major Interstates. We will even have some billboards in California
I have included here just six of the 20 different billboards that JDA designed for us. We have never seen billboards like this before. They were designed using a comic book style that we believe will really cause people to want to look at them. [Pics of dino billboards embedded in Hambo’s post.]
And please pray that these billboards will be used to bring many people to the God-honoring and Bible-upholding Creation Museum.
We ignored the “news” for what we thought was a very good reason — we don’t care about Hambo’s billboard campaign because the “museum” it promotes is silly and unimportant. But apparently some others do care, and the resulting mini-controversy has Hambo all excited. A couple of weeks later he posted this: Compare the Billboards: Creationists vs. Atheists, in which he said:
The new Creation Museum billboard campaign has hit the news — and the secularists are worried!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There was once a time when the increasingly obvious evidence of a past age of dinosaurs was a worrisome thing for young-earth creationists, because it literally screams that the world is far older than 6,000 years. But the creationists learned to cope — they just added dinosaurs to the Garden of Eden and Noah’s Ark and carried on as always. The result is this billboard campaign — a reminder that the creationists’ mythology is unconstrained by reality. Hambo continues:
As of writing this blog post, an Associated Press article about our new dinosaur billboards has appeared on many news sites, including ABC News and the Washington Post. The AP article and many blogs indicate that secularists are concerned about them. Isn’t it amazing that they are so worried about one Creation Museum.
It seems that somehow this “controversy” is ongoing. PZ posted about it today (see Creationism is a marketing game), and now ol’ Hambo has posted yet again: Do Atheists Own the Dinosaurs? Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s latest, with bold font added by us:
It really has been amazing to see the atheist blogs and twitter posts going crazy about AiG’s billboard campaign. Just to refresh your memory, here are a few of the twenty different billboards that have been placed across the country: [tiny pics embedded in Hambo’s post]. I note that the secularists are really upset that the Creation Museum uses dinosaurs. They act as if creationists have no right to use dinosaurs — they only belong to the secularists.
Are you upset, dear reader? We’re not upset — well, it’s annoying that Hambo labels everyone who understands science as an “atheist” or a “secularist,” but that’s just his way of looking at the world. Aside from that, what’s the controversy about the billboards? Let’s read some more:
Why do they get so upset? Why do they get so emotional about this? Well it’s because they know kids love dinosaurs and the accuse us of using dinosaurs so kids will want to come to the Creation Museum — well of course we do that! Kids and adults love dinosaurs, and we use them deliberately in our advertising!
This is not terribly complicated. But why does anyone care? If Hambo used pictures of happy puppies or smiling people on his billboards it wouldn’t be any different. Everyone uses appealing illustrations in advertising. Hambo can do it too. Selling creationism is no different from selling a hemorrhoid remedy. Well, the sales technique may be the same, but the products may differ in their efficacy. Oh wait — Hambo sees a big difference:
However, the secularists use dinosaurs to try to convince children there is no God and that evolution and millions of years are fact! We use dinosaurs to tell adults and kids the true history of the world from the Bible.
Aha! Hambo uses dinosaurs to tell The Truth™. He continues:
The bottom line is these secularists are intolerant of Christians, and they don’t want freedom of religion. They want kids indoctrinated with their religion of atheism, evolution, and millions of years. They want to stop Christians having the freedom to teach God’s Word! They are intolerant!
Calm down, Hambo! It’s just a billboard campaign. Don’t have a stroke over it.
Throughout Hambo’s article he quotes comments from various concerned observers, all of which are silly in our humble opinion, and then he concludes with this:
Praise the Lord the billboard campaign has generated so much publicity! The fact that the secularists are so upset tells me this is a very successful campaign.
We think Hambo could generate a lot more publicity if his billboards featured scantily clad young ladies — but that sort of thing could only lead to the Lake of Fire, so he’ll probably stay with dinosaurs. That’s fine with us.
Ignorant people and their ignorant kids need a place to go on vacation, and Hambo’s billboards will lead them right to his museum of ignorance. We see no controversy in that. They’ll be happy, they’ll spend their money, and Hambo will be happy too. Besides, if they didn’t have creationism, they’d probably turn to something equally nonsensical, perhaps voodoo. Anything but science — it’s much too rational.
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