This had already degenerated into farce by the time we posted Ken Ham Responds to Bill Nye.
That was about the initial reaction of Answers in Genesis (AIG) to the viral video about which we had earlier posted Bill Nye Blasts Creationism. AIG is one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. It’s the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
But Hambo isn’t done yet. He’s milking this for all it’s worth. At Hambo’s personal blog we find this bold challenge: We Are Publicly Challenging Bill Nye to a Debate. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Because Nye has engaged AiG in a public way [he was interviewed and apparently Hambo’s name came up], and after some extreme hostility by secularists directed at Drs. Purdom and Menton that showed up on websites and Facebook pages, I decided to do two things: 1. post my second Nye video on YouTube [link omitted]; and 2. extend an invitation to Mr. Nye to a public debate on evolution vs. creation.
What would such a debate accomplish, other than being noteworthy for having the fewest possible syllables for the names of the participants? Hambo continues:
One possible debate venue, suggested by Dr. Purdom to the Christian Post, was the PBS–TV network that had been broadcasting the Bill Nye the Science Guy programs. Or an evolution-creation debate, Dr. Purdom stated to the Christian Post, “could be held at a public university, using an impartial moderator. I would think that someone as polished and charismatic as Mr. Nye would relish the opportunity to debate a creationist.
Oh, it won’t be Hambo who will face Nye; it’s to be Georgia Purdom. Here’s her bio page at AIG’s website — Dr. Georgia Purdom. We wrote about her a few months ago — Vomit Opportunity: Bryan Fischer & Georgia Purdom. Let’s read on:
After Dr. Purdom was quoted by the Christian Post and also made some comments about Nye on Facebook, she was bombarded with horrible profanity and other vile language (mostly on Facebook) from secularists. That terrible reaction just increased our determination that Mr. Nye’s beliefs needed to be challenged for the world to see.
The profanity didn’t come from Bill Nye, so it’s utterly irrelevant. Hambo doesn’t expect Nye to get involved in that, does he? We continue:
So, we are publicly calling on Bill Nye to debate one of our PhD scientists here at the Creation Museum, inside our new Legacy Hall (seating 1,000 people), with an impartial moderator — or perhaps hold the debate on a college campus. Dr. Purdom is not afraid at all to publicly debate him, and with all that Nye has stated so confidently in public, he surely would not be afraid to defend his position in a professionally moderated debate?
Ah yes — “What are you afraid of?” We’ve seen that tactic before. So what will Bill Nye do? We hope he ignores Hambo and his silly challenge. We explained our position on such things three years ago. See Would You Debate Ken Ham? Basically, there’s nothing to debate. It’s like the absurdity of astronauts debating with moon-landing deniers.
As for the tactics of the creationists, Hambo’s already told us how they would handle things. See AIG’s Advice for Creationist Internet Debaters. A debate between Nye and an AIG representative would go something like this:
So there you are. There’s no need to have the debate. We’ve already given you the transcript. Move along now. Nothing to see here.
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