There’s no end to it. Our last post about this was Ken Ham: “Why Won’t Anyone Debate Me?” That was about what was then the latest reaction from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, to the viral video about which we had earlier posted Bill Nye Blasts Creationism.
As you know, ol’ Hambo is co-founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG), an on-line ministry which is one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG also created and operates the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum — the North American Mecca for the mindless.
Hambo’s latest outburst is at his personal blog: My Challenge to Bill Nye. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
An Associated Press article on Bill Nye “The Science Guy” of TV and his anti-creationist video has been making the rounds in secular and Christian media across the country.
The AP reporter called me to obtain quotes for this article. One of the points I made to the reporter (which did not make it into the article) is a challenge I have for Bill Nye.
This is exciting! What’s the Hambo challenge? Brace yourself, dear reader, here it comes:
So, here is my challenge (one that I gave to the reporter a few times). I want Bill Nye to name one invention — one piece of technology — that would not have been able to be invented without the inventor believing in evolution. Just name one!
A bold challenge indeed. Let’s see now, he wants some technology — a mechanical or electronic gadget of some kind — that has been invented because of our understanding of biology. Pretty sneaky, huh?
We assume Bill Nye will continue to ignore Hambo, as he should, so we’ll present our response. At the TalkOrigins Index of Creationist Claims they have this old creationist clunker — which is actually Hambo’s challenge: The theory of evolution is useless, without practical application. The long and explicit refutation is quite sufficient, so with that out of the way, for the pure entertainment value of watching a creationist melt-down, let’s read some more from Hambo’s rant:
I challenge Bill Nye — to name one thing, one invention that would not be possible without believing in molecules-to-man evolution. Tell me one way a belief in evolution has contributed to innovation and developed our technology. Did the Apple company use evolutionary beliefs in developing its software and computers?
We must admit, Apple probably didn’t use Darwin’s theory. Of course, they didn’t use the “theory” of six-day creation or the global Flood either. No one ever has found a use for them for any purpose other than preaching, but Hambo doesn’t bother to mention that. We continue:
It’s interesting to note that I’ve heard secularists bemoan the bad science scores among students in America — and they blame creationists! Yet, creation has by and large been thrown out of the public school system, while molecules-to-man evolution has been taught as fact.
Right — teaching evolution has caused our national science illiteracy. Here’s more:
So, from what Bill Nye has claimed about the importance of evolution to innovation and inventions, we should be seeing these students producing new inventions with incredible innovation and on an increasing scale. Nye shouldn’t have to worry about innovation in the future, because evolution has been and is being taught as fact to generations of students in America.
But Bill — where is all this evolution-based innovation? Show me!
To which we respond: But Hambo — before evolution was taught, where was all the Garden of Eden and the Noah’s Ark innovation?
Okay, that’s enough of Hambo’s little essay. However, we can’t resist giving him an answer of our own. It’s not about a gadget, but we think it makes the point: Hey, Hambo — if humans were specially created and we aren’t related to any other species, would you take a medicine that hadn’t been tested on mammals in the lab? Would you happily swallow pills that had only been tested on toads? If not, why not? Such medicine would be cheaper to develop, because it costs much less to acquire and work with toads than with monkeys, rabbits, and guinea pigs. If other mammals are no more related to us than toads, why don’t you insist on toad-tested medicine?
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