Ken Ham and the Genesis Deniers

The battle for The Truth is never-ending. This is serious business for Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.

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.

At Hambo’s personal blog we read: One Way to Counter the Genesis Deniers. Gasp — the Genesis deniers! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us, but with Hambo’s links and scripture references omitted:

I have written numerous blog posts and Facebook comments recently about the attack on Genesis from the secular world, from Bill Nye to Lawrence Krauss. Coming from the Christian world, there have also been attacks on the Bible’s first book, from theistic evolutionists like Peter Enns and Karl Giberson.

He’s surrounded by enemies on all sides! But wait — there’s more:

With many secularists, they virtually accuse creationists of forms of child abuse for teaching young people about a literal, historic view of Creation as given in Genesis. And with many Christian academics, they want to convince parents and children to accept evolution.

The situation is desperate! What does he plan to do about it? Hold on, it’s coming:

As parents and students look for higher education opportunities, where can these young people attend and be sure that the professors won’t try to undermine God’s Word with man’s fallible evolutionary thinking?

Where — O where! — can they go to avoid the Genesis deniers? Let’s read on:

In just over a month, we will be hosting our second College Expo here at the Creation Museum, near Cincinnati, November 16–17. We will have 21 colleges and universities represented where students, parents, and college representatives can meet one-on-one.

How wonderful — a veritable conclave of right-thinking educational institutions! We continue:

These are schools that have signed our Statement of Faith and uphold a young-earth view of Creation.

You’re curious, aren’t you? Okay, here’s a link to Hambo’s Statement of Faith. It’s rather long and detailed, and it gives us an idea — but we’ll get to that later. Here’s more from Hambo:

The following schools have already registered to participate:

Then Hambo presents a list of schools that meet his standards. Some of the names are familiar: Bob Jones University, Liberty University, and Patrick Henry College — those are known to be fine creationist institutions. But there are some others that may not be familiar: Appalachian Bible College and Kentucky Mountain Bible College are two names that impressed us. What names!

There’s at least a dozen more that you may want to click over there to look at … in case you’re shopping around for the right school for junior. Imagine how proud you’ll be with a decal on your bumper that reads: “My boy is at Appalachian Bible College!”

There’s not much else to Hambo’s post, other than a link where you can register. Oh, he also says:

At the Expo, there will be multiple special teaching sessions from Dr. Georgia Purdom, Mike Riddle, Steve Ham, and me. The College Expo is free and includes complimentary Creation Museum admission for all prospective students who will be attending.

Enticing indeed! But now let’s return to Hambo’s Statement of Faith. Reading it got us thinking that our own humble blog should also have such a feature. Just as Hambo is concerned with Genesis deniers, we’re concerned about Iliad deniers. Far too many people nowadays disrespect the immortal gods and it’s time we did something about it.

At minimum, our Curmudgeon’s Statement of Faith should declare that the Iliad is divinely inspired and inerrant throughout. It is the supreme authority in everything it teaches. Its authority is not limited to spiritual themes but includes its assertions in such fields as history and science. Our statement should also declare that the Olympian gods exist, they reside atop Mount Olympus from which they observe and control our lives and all events on Earth, and Zeus is their king.

There’s much more that could be added to our Statement, but we’re off to a good start, and we’re grateful to Hambo for the inspiration.

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26 responses to “Ken Ham and the Genesis Deniers

  1. How will they react when life is inevitably discovered in outer space and those life forms are found to be related to those on earth? Total denial?

  2. Ken Ham was recently near in my little corner of Earth for Creationfest (in Cornwall) and I missed him. I would have loved to have seen how dead behind the eyes he looks in person and got him to sign my copy of ‘Dinosaurs for kids.’

  3. Special teaching sessions from Ken Ham? I thought he was still in prison for not “rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”

  4. What is the pre-occupation that Christians have with sex? AiG statement of faith has short, pithy bullet points on the core Christian beliefs but it saves it’s longest, most tedious paragraph for sex. That seems to be a trend – the more fundamentalist one’s religious beliefs, the more one is focused on sex. There’s no reference anywhere in the “statement of faith” to any other sins, even those enumerated in the 10 commandments like murder, rape, disobeying one’s parents, coveting the neighbor’s ass, keeping the sabath holy, etc. There’s certainly no reference in the “statement of faith” to doing any good deeds, or being thy brother’s keeper, or doing charitable work in the community. Presumably that’s not particularly worth mentioning – certainly not compared to the importance of one’s personal sexual habits.

    Also, I didn’t know Ken’s had a younger brother Steve who was also part of AiG! Two Hams in one museum! Would he be Hambo the lessor? Mini-Ham? http://www.answersingenesis.org/events/bio.aspx?Speaker_ID=73

  5. @Ed:

    Ken is Aged Ham, and his younger brother is Fresh Ham, but what’s the difference? They’re both Half-Baked Hams. BTW, Ken’s diatribes are becoming more and more Captain Queeg-like. He’ll be spouting about “the strawberries” next. Where I come from, there’s a colloquial term for this advanced stage of put-upon paranoia:

    Bunker Time.

  6. If your interested in hamster’s features, this response to B.Nye is somewhere between sad and laughable.

  7. I took a trip on the wild side to the website of Kentucky Mountain
    Bible College. Noticed one faculty member’s former job was….
    “Private Speech conslutant, South Central Bell General”
    Just sharing the chuckle…:)

  8. …we’re concerned about Iliad deniers.

    Damn right. Dirty Nihiliadists!

  9. Ed said…”What is the pre-occupation that Christians have with sex?”

    ….we do enjoy the North American Emissions Control regulations. 🙂

  10. Ed asks: “What is the pre-occupation that Christians have with sex?”

    I donno, but Zeus doesn’t have that problem. When he sees a maiden he wants, he goes after her.

  11. @Charley Horse: Was that actually spelled “conslutant”, or was that your typo? Quite a chuckle, indeed, if that’s their typo.

  12. It appears as though Ken Ham is trying to establish himself as High Priest Guardian of the True Faith of Biblical Inerrancy.

    I can see it now — right after his marks plunk down their $29.95 nonrefundable admission to his Creation Museum, they must sign his Statement of Faith before they are allowed to enter the museum’s exhibits.

  13. Artor posts, “Special teaching sessions from Ken Ham? I thought he was still in prison for not ‘rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.’ “

    You’re probably thinking of another guy with the same initials, Kent Hovind. Some would say there are other similarities, such as mental state.

  14. After reading the Curmudgeon’s article I became curious why a Bible college would name themselves after Patrick Henry. It turns out there is an often quoted line by some wherein Henry claims America was founded on “the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. An enticing statement for a modern day creationist indeed. The quote is from a 1956 play and was never uttered by Patrick Henry. Ronald Reagan said it well”Trust, but verify”.
    Do your homework Hammie.

  15. Charles Deetz ;)

    Wow, that statement of faith is something … something pretty useless. “Section 4: General” should suffice.

    Love this one though:
    “The final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself.”

    Like one of those placards: 1. The boss makes the rules. 2. If you have any problems with the rules, see rule #1.

    Scripture not infallible, there are several obvious and simple errors in it. Kinda like junk DNA, maybe God put it there for a reason.

  16. The whole truth

    “With many secularists, they virtually accuse creationists of forms of child abuse for teaching young people about a literal, historic view of Creation as given in Genesis.”

    Well, if the shoe fits….

  17. Our inspired Curmudgeon faithfully proclaims

    … that the Iliad is divinely inspired and inerrant throughout. It is the supreme authority in everything it teaches. Its authority is not limited to spiritual themes but includes its assertions in such fields as history and science. Our statement should also declare that the Olympian gods exist, they reside atop Mount Olympus from which they observe and control our lives and all events on Earth, and Zeus is their king.

    A magnificent proposal indeed, but not – and I am sorry if this seems to steal our Curmy’s thunder – a new one.

    See, inter alia, the following news items, such as this one from BBC News (2007) Ancient Greek gods’ new believers, or from the Telegraph (2004) Modern Athenians fight for the right to worship the ancient Greek gods.

    Alas, poor Hellas, thou didst indeed fare far better under the mighty Olympians!

  18. Megalonyx says: “Alas, poor Hellas, thou didst indeed fare far better under the mighty Olympians!”

    As did Rome. When will foolish humans learn?

  19. retiredsciguy…..Yep, that’s the way it was spelled.

  20. Ceteris Paribus

    At least there is no dispute that that King Arthur existed. There is even cinema graphic evidence.

  21. @Ceteris Paribus: Bloody peasants!

  22. In the linked article, Ham whines about “seculars” and theistic evolutionsits, then jumps to something about signing a statement about a “young earth.” Conspicuous by its absence is anything about OECs and IDers. He knows they exist, and has whined about them elsewhere. Why not here? He knows that they think he’s as wrong as the “seculars” and TEs do. The only difference is that OECs politely insist that their interpretation of Genesis is the correct one, and IDers admit – when they’re not evading the rarely-asked question – that they don’t think the evidence supports any literal interpretation. And please don’t give me the Dembski “Flood” speech. He merely encouraged belief in spite of lack of evidence, and has clearly stated his old-earth-old-life position.

  23. Actually, the Iliad has a lot more evidence in its favor than Genesis. Therefore, you are just toeing the secularist line that man’s evidence is superior to just making stuff up.

  24. @Charley Horse: I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what the job description for a “Private Speech conslutant” would be. Any ideas? (Besides the obvious “Deep Throat” porn role.)

  25. @RSG: someone who writes speeches for any politician that pays them?

  26. T.A.: Good! Sounds a bit like a term Rush Limbaugh might have coined.