Ken Ham Supports the Springboro School Board

We recently posted about a flare-up in Ohio, where the Springboro School Board Wants Creationism. The Board had received a warning letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, but they wanted to discuss their brilliant proposal anyway. Due to opposition at the meeting from teachers and parents, the proposal wasn’t adopted, but the Board says they’ll bring the issue up again at a later date.

As such things go it was a minor imbroglio, but it attracted the attention of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo to us), co-founder of the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG). Ol’ Hambo is the brains behind the infamous Creation Museum, and he’s about halfway toward raising the millions he needs for his proposed Ark Encounter — a full-sized (but landlocked and visitor-friendly) replica of Noah’s Ark. Hambo’s mighty works and his personnel are governed by AIG’s Statement of Faith.

Hambo’s post on the Springboro controversy is ACLU Needs Legislation To Protect Its Anti-God Religion. It appears in his personal blog at the AIG website. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Wake up Christians! When the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is successful in getting the Ten Commandments out of public places and the teaching of creation, the Bible, and prayer out of public schools, they did not get religion out. They just replaced the Christian religion with their religion of atheism.

Any intellect that can entertain a concept like “religion of atheism” is … well, entertaining. Hambo then describes a news story about the situation in Springboro — from Fox News — after which he says:

I get so tired of reading the same old misrepresentations and false information from the ACLU and secular media (even from Fox News, which is less hostile towards Christianity) when it comes to the creation-evolution issue in public schools.

He gets tired of the same old misrepresentations? Imagine how we feel blogging about this stuff! Let’s read on:

AiG is not a political action group, and we have never been directly involved in trying to get creation mandated in public schools. Nonetheless, we do help equip people with the correct way to think about this origins issue, and many of these people then try to influence their local school boards.

They’re not directly involved, but they provide creationist talking points to those who are. Hambo rants on:

The ACLU continues to intimidate educators in order to mandate that their anti-God religion of atheism be protected in the public schools. They recognize that if students were taught to think critically about the evidence against evolution, and if teachers were given the academic freedom to allow students to have a class discussion on whether creation is a viable alternative, many of these students would realize that the anti-God religion of evolution and atheism is bankrupt, and they might consider the Bible’s history instead — and the gospel based in that history.

The mind boggles. What phrases! Critical thinking, evidence against evolution, academic freedom, anti-God religion of evolution and atheism. We discussed some of them in Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. But an essay on anti-God religion would be only a blank page — unless it’s about Satanism. Maybe that’s what Hambo thinks of evolution. As for the evidence against evolution, see Where Are The Anachronistic Fossils? Here’s more from Hambo:

The Bible makes it clear there is no neutral position: “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30). We need to understand that the ACLU does want one religion taught over another — they want the religion of atheism imposed on students. And in reality, this is what is happening throughout the public education system.

Yes, the bible makes it clear. You’re either with Hambo or you’re against him. Moving along:

In one of the biology textbooks used in the public schools, we read that “supernatural explanations of natural events are simply outside the bounds of science.” This is an arbitrary definition by those people who don’t believe in God. Thus they have defined science to eliminate God. … Christians need to wake up and realize that the ACLU has defined science as naturalism — that is their anti-God, arbitrary definition.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Science will eagerly study the supernatural — all we need is evidence. See Bring Me An Angel Detector!

Then Hambo babbles a bit about his bogus distinction between “observational science” and “historical science,” according to which he claims that science can’t provide us with knowledge of the past. Only Genesis can do that. But see The Lessons of Tiktaalik.

The end of Hambo’s essay is a few paragraphs of moaning and groaning that his point of view doesn’t get any respect in the media — even from Fox News. That must be very disappointing, considering that Hambo used to pay for Creation Museum Ads on Fox News. Here’s a brief excerpt from Hambo’s lament:

Sadly, the secular media usually doesn’t want people like those of us at AiG to fully explain the problems with evolution. And if we ever do get an interview on, let’s say, Fox News, the media usually has someone opposing what we say and only lets us have a short time to say anything. … Many times I have spoken to a reporter who is writing an article on origins topics, and even though I take the time to explain it all, usually the information people need does not appear in the final piece.

Okay, that’s enough. So what did we learn from all of that? We learned that Hambo is fully behind the efforts of the Springboro school board to teach creationism. And that pretty much says it all.

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11 responses to “Ken Ham Supports the Springboro School Board

  1. We also learned that he never tires of whining.

  2. Mark Joseph

    Since evolution is a religion, I take it that now organizations and individuals who accept it can cease paying taxes?

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    So, sounds like reporters are as biased as parents and educators are in Ohio.

    Watching the white-bread christian school marching band this morning, I wondered for a second what they all think, what they are all being taught at their high school. Is it all worth $5K a year?

  4. Realist1948

    Hambo wrote, “..we do help equip people with the correct way to think about this origins issue…” Does AIG now pay for lobotomies???

  5. “the correct way to think about this origins issue” translates from Fundie to English as “How’s about we do the thinking for you buddy?”

  6. So Hambo has a problem with the ACLU. What does the ACLU do? Here from their website – The ACLU is “working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country” This is their sole purpose and the reason for their existence. Could he have more clearly highlighted the essential anti democractic and anti freedom agenda of the would be theocrats?

  7. Ham keeps talking about the “religion of ahteism”. Somebody has pointed out that if atheism is a religion, sobriety is a form of drunkenness.

  8. Yes, and abstinence is a form of sex.

    There should be a law prohibiting abstinence in public.

  9. Mark Joseph

    “If atheism is a religion, sobriety is a form of drunkenness.”
    “Abstinence is a form of sex.”

    Too funny! I think I’ll post these as responses over on the AiG blog. Oh, wait a minute…

  10. “I get so tired of reading the same old misrepresentations and false information ….”

    So says Ken Ham. Well, Ken, right back at ya, buddy.

    As an atheist, I naturally believe that Christians are wrong about the existence of their god. There’s no evidence that such beings exist, so I have no reason to believe in them. But if Christians are wrong about their god, in the main they are honestly wrong.

    Ken Ham, on the other hand, is a liar. He knows that his adherence to the god myth is required because his livelihood depends on it. But having no basis in truth, he has to build on the initial lie until he has created a world in which no truth will enter, and which spews lies like a geyser releases hot water.

    “In one of the biology textbooks used in the public schools, we read that “supernatural explanations of natural events are simply outside the bounds of science.” This is an arbitrary definition by those people who don’t believe in God. Thus they have defined science to eliminate God.”

    “The bottom line is that the ACLU doesn’t want people to know this crucial difference. They arbitrarily define science as having nothing to do with the supernatural. Thus they define the terms, brainwash, and intimidate so they can “suppress the truth” of a Creator and impose their anti-God, atheistic religion on the public schools.”

    Surely nobody with any intelligence cannot truly believe what Kan Ham has written here. The definition of science as given is far from arbitrary and certainly not intended as ‘anti-God’. If supernatural events were within the bounds of science, they would be defined as natural not supernatural. As for atheistic religion, please. For a confessed Christian not to know what defines religion is just utterly ridiculous.

    Ken Ham is the head of a multi-million. dollar business, with several arms. Surely we must credit Ken Ham with some smarts, otherwise AiG would not be as successful as it is. So it can only be assumed that Ken Ham, by professing to believe in the outrageously absurd, is a liar. And I, for one, am tired of reading the same old misrepresentations and false information that appears on his site.

  11. @Dave: Well-said. (But correct the double-negative at “Surely nobody…”)

    I’ve felt the same way about Huckster Hambo for a while now. Elmer Gantry.