You may recall our recent post, Answers in Genesis Gives Scotland a Chance, in which we described an upcoming visit to Lanarkshire by AIG staffer, Dr. Terry Mortenson, which would provide the Scots “the chance” to learn about the debate that creationists are waging against the theory of evolution.
Participating in that event would be “youth leader” Doctor Nagy Iskander, a friend of AIG. We also told you about an effort led by Professor Paul Braterman to have creationism banned from science classes in Scotland. Because of Braterman’s efforts, Mortenson was going into a bit of a battleground.
We know you’ve been wondering how Scotland reacted to the chance they were given by AIG, and how Mortenson’s performance was received. Today we have a report from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo to us), co-founder of the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG). In his personal blog at the AIG website we find this: Biblical Creationists Facing Opposition in Scotland.
Hambo’s report reminds us of the scene in Braveheart, shown in the ten-second video above, in which Longshanks (Edward I) says:
The trouble with Scotland is that it’s full of Scots!
Indeed it is. Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s report, with bold font added by us:
Dr. Terry Mortenson (AiG–U.S.) recently returned from the UK, where he spoke in a number of churches and was able to share the truth of God’s Word with the extremely secular British culture. Dr. Mortenson shared with me some of the encounters he was able to have with people in the UK.
Then Hambo summarizes the situation in Scotland:
Sadly, we’re seeing increased opposition in the UK to biblical creation. A recent article in the Scottish Herald titled “Call to Ban Creationism” explains, “Campaigners are also pushing for stricter rules to keep the teaching of creationism out of schools.”
Professor Paul Braterman founded the British Centre for Science Education, which is, according to the article, “a campaign to keep religion out of science classes.” Braterman doesn’t want biblical creation presented as a viable scientific idea.
We told you about all that in our earlier post, so we’ll skip a few paragraphs of old news. If you didn’t see it, here’s another link to that newspaper story: CALL TO BAN CREATIONISM. After that, Hambo says:
Of course, we at Answers in Genesis don’t advocate for government-mandated teaching of biblical creation. But we do support critical thinking — the type of thinking that requires students to look at all the facts and to be able to criticize the assumptions underlying evolutionary (or any other) ideas.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hambo doesn’t want creationism taught — no, of course not — but he does want it presented in science classes so the kiddies can look at “all the facts” and then decided everything for themselves. He continues:
Often, after an article like this [the one in the Herald], I’ll read the comments section, to see particularly how secularists react. And as I expected, their comments weren’t civil at all.
Hambo actually quotes some of the comments. They weren’t vicious, but none of them were favorable to AIG. Although you’ve seen that sort of thing before, you may want to click over to the newspaper to see them for yourself. Here’s Hambo’s reaction to those comments:
This is the kind of “civil” conversations that secularists engage in with biblical creationists. This kind of character assassination, intolerance, close-mindedness, misrepresentation, and ignorance of the views of biblical creationists show us that these people don’t know how to defend their views civilly in the free marketplace of ideas. And one of the reasons is that there is no evidence they can point to that confirms their evolutionary ideas.
No evidence — BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s how Hambo ends his depressing report:
I urge you to pray for Dr. Iskander, his wife, and their ministry in Scotland, that God would use them to reach many people with the truth of the gospel. And I urge you to pray for the UK in general, that this proposed ban on creation wouldn’t be successful and that the people there would receive the gospel of Jesus Christ and repent of their rebellion against God.
Longshanks would know what to do about those rebellious Scots. Hambo knows too, but here in the West we don’t settle our religious disputes like that any more. It must be frustrating.
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