Ken Ham Explains What’s Wrong with America

This is, without question, the keenest analysis we’ve ever seen of the problems facing America and the world in these troubled days. It’s by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, who runs the on-line ministry Answers in Genesis (AIG), and the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Hambo’s article is One Nation Under . . . ? It begins by presenting the most important question ever asked — the one that keeps us all awake at night:

At one time in the past, the people of the United States generally knew who ruled over the affairs of men — the Creator God of the Bible. They even put His name on their coins and currency. In just one generation that attitude has changed. What happened?

What follows are several paragraphs describing our problems — abortion, gay marriage, and the removal of Christian symbols from public places. Hambo says that these things are happening not only in America, but in other Western nations too. Then he gives several quotes from Obama, who gushes about how wonderful these things are. After horrifying us by cataloging all those nightmares, Hambo explains, with bold font added by us:

In essence this change reflects a shift between the world’s two opposing religions. Ultimately there are only two religions — one starts with God’s Word and the other starts with man’s word. America — and the whole Western world — once built its worldview predominantly on the Bible. Now a shift has occurred, as the West’s worldview is being built on man’s word. This change is reflected in a shift from Christianity’s absolutes to the relative morality of human opinions.

Wow — Hambo has hit the nail on the head! Something happened when the ideas of the Enlightenment became popular. We described that philosophical transformation here: Salem and Philadelphia: A Tale of Two Cities. Then he gets specific:

Fundamentally the secularists have captured the hearts and minds of generations of kids (for example, two-thirds of young people from church homes will leave the church by the time they reach college age). They have secularized their thinking by changing their starting point from God’s Word to man’s word — thus changing their worldview. After generations of such change, we now see the effect on the changing worldview of the whole culture.

Oh, how abominable! How did this happen? Here comes the answer:

The major way this change has occurred is through the education system and media, which teach that evolution over millions of years is fact, causing many young people to doubt and ultimately disbelieve the Scriptures.

Yes, oh yes! It’s all because of evolution! It’s Darwin’s fault! But all is not lost. At the end, ol’ Hambo tells us how to turn things around:

Whatever we once were we need to return to. The only solution for this nation (and every other nation) is to return to the authority of God’s Word as the foundation for our individual and cultural worldviews.

So there you are, dear reader. Not only do you know what’s wrong with our society, but you also know the cause — and the cure! Hambo has all the answers!

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24 responses to “Ken Ham Explains What’s Wrong with America

  1. Ol’ Hambo bloviates:

    …the whole Western world — once built its worldview predominantly on the Bible

    Indeed it did. It was known as The Dark Ages.

  2. Charles Deetz ;)

    Fundamentally the secularists have captured the hearts and minds of generations of kids

    Oh, so it is the secularists fault, not the church’s or stubborn fundamentalists’ fault by failing to capture the hearts and minds, or actually scaring them away? Because these kids (and us) don’t want to be associated with a guy who thinks dinosaurs existed with man, regardless of the moral value of their religion.

  3. Ol’ Hambo seems to me to has not read the abundant literature that documents that the good book he so likes is a work of men. The problem with our world started when the priests convinced men that they spoke for and behalf of men to gods.

  4. As an Australian (and a Queenslander) please let me just say, We’re sorry for letting Ken out. We’re usually quite mindful of our nutters, but Cairns is way up north and I guess he just slipped out while no one was looking. That happens sometimes during cyclones. Please, just throw him in a travel case marked ‘Queensland… any way up’ and I’m sure we can find a spot for him on Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s peanut farm.

  5. john zande says: “We’re sorry for letting Ken out.”

    Hey, no problem. We like it when people come here and tell us that we’re doing everything wrong.

  6. Whatever we once were we need to return to.

    Yeah, we need more witch burnings.

  7. It’s okay John, we turned your culture into a fad in the eighties, with movies like Crocodile DunDee, so I think we can take a Mulligan on this one.

  8. Ken Ham pontificates, “The only solution for this nation (and every other nation) is to return to the authority of God’s Word …”

    Ayatollah of Appalachia indeed!

  9. @Charles Deetz 😉: Precisely!

  10. I wonder if ol’ Hambo has furrowed his brow over this interesting read, from a Tennessee newspaper of all places. It’s been featured on a smattering of blogs, but I wasn’t able to find the poll in question on the Barna Group’s intertubes. Go ahead and Google it – but don’t Google yourself or anyone else, that’s exactly what Ken’s all worked up about.

  11. Hambo states: They even put His name on their coins and currency. It should be noted that coins originally only bore liberty and e pluribus unum. “In God we trust” first showed up during the 1860s and wasn’t even made the motto until the 1950s. (The last godless coin was the buffalo nickel in 1938) The supreme court allows these as “ceremonial deism”, sort of dispelling the objection that someone might have because Washington and Jefferson were slave owners for example. (I’m not sure what will end first physical coins and bills or the motto.)
    While Hambo is on the right track, I wonder if it is less schools and media as the internet. The internet is where religions go to die. Quite simply when you begin to analyze most religions outside of the influence of a congregation of like minded believers they fall apart. Isolated secularists can become part of a community, this is new.

  12. Charles Deetz ;)

    @Troy. Now you make my snarky comment sound, well, snarky. You are right, maybe it isn’t ‘capturing’ but it is creating an outlet for acceptance and community outside of the church. Just like porn and dating, the internet has made alternates more acceptable, and democratized. Its filled a gap of need, I guess, is my point, one that the people can control themselves.

  13. Here is one of the articles Ham refers to, “Fading faith”, originally published in Free Inquiry:

    Rather interesting, I should say.

  14. Ayatollah? I thought he was the Pope.

    The guy’s just getting greedy He’ll be ‘God’ next!

  15. @ H.K. Fauskanger: Many thanks for the link to that article, it is indeed very interesting indeed. Cheers!

  16. And I indeed go overboard with my ‘indeeds’, indeed! Apologies!

  17. Megalonyx says: “And I indeed go overboard”

    Indeed you do.

  18. The link provided by Mark Germano above is also clickworthy.

  19. In re Mark Germano’s Tennessee newpaper reference (

    Fundamentalists and other religious peoples’ response to such stories is readily explained if one accepts the premise that religion relies heavily on scapegoats to support its religious tenets and suppress the thoughts of those who disagree with them. Religion is a/the ultimate control mechanism, and people readily accept its tenets without any rational thought whatsoever.

    I like the Robert A. Heinlein quote given in the book “Unintelligent Design:”

    The most preposterous notion that H. Sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.

  20. @David, in the Heinlein quote concerning religious belief: “Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.”

    It actually is productive in one sense — it has been very powerful in controlling the actions of man. Which is why atheists, agnostics and all sorts of infidels have been persecuted through the ages — we refuse to be controlled.

  21. A religion is sometime a source of happiness, and I would not deprive anyone of happiness. But it is a comfort appropriate for the weak, not for the strong. The great trouble with religion – any religion – is that a religionist, having accepted certain propositions by faith, cannot thereafter judge those propositions by evidence. One may bask at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak certainty of reason- but one cannot have both. [Robert A. Heinlein, from “Friday”]

    I stumbled across when I read Friday (my first RAH) and it still resonates for me. Except maybe the part about it being a source of happiness. I truly do not think that many religious people are all that happy. If they were, why are they trying to ruin everyone else’s good time? Oh, right, to “save” us from our abortion-having, gay-marrying, secularist ways.

  22. I think it’s possible to be religious and believe in science, as long as your religious beliefs – the propostions you except on faith and can therefore cannot judge by evidence – are sufficiently vague and/or non-materialist enough that such a judgement is unecessary.

    And Friday was my first Heinlein novel too.

  23. Greg says: “Friday was my first Heinlein novel too.”

    Not one of his best. Read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

  24. I grok you speak truly.