This is hot news, dear reader. You know all about the event we posted a few days ago: Ken Ham to Debate Bill Nye — Big Mistake!
Update: All tickets sold out within minutes. Information will soon be available regarding a live streaming option as well as DVDs to preorder. Watch the debate event page for details.
Wowie! It’s all sold out. But you can order DVDs. Okay, that was their update. Now we’ll dig into the original article. AIG says, with bold font added by us:
This morning at 10 AM ET, tickets went on sale for an already well-publicized debate between TV’s personality Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham, to be held at the Creation Museum. It was only announced last Thursday that on February 4 at 7 PM Nye will present his case against creation and for evolution, while Ham, founder of AiG’s Creation Museum, will defend his contention that creation is a scientific model of origins.
This will be an event of Earth-shaking importance. If Hambo wins the crowd, Darwin is doomed! Now pay attention to this:
A huge national interest in the debate over the past few days has been witnessed in extensive media coverage, countless blogs, enormous web traffic to the AiG website, and hundreds of phone calls and emails to the museum offices. It all indicates that with the upcoming debate, the creation/evolution issue is being brought to the attention of millions of people.
That’s one of the big reasons we advise against such debates. Hambo’s roadside creationist attraction, stuck in the rural wasteland of Northern Kentucky, suddenly becomes headline news. Let’s read on:
Ham declares that he will show the debate audience that observational science confirms what the Bible teaches in Genesis about origins, not evolution. Ham points out that creation/evolution debates are uncommon today because most evolutionists don’t want to debate creationists, as they once did in the 1970s and 1980s with great frequency. In fact, since the debate was announced on Thursday, several leading evolutionists have urged Nye to drop out.
We already know ol’ Hambo’s arguments. He’s got the bible — nothing else — and that’s enough for him. Why Nye decided to get tangled up in such an event is inexplicable. AIG continues:
Due to the enormous interest in the Nye vs. Ham debate, the museum will soon announce the option of watching a live stream of the event via the Internet.
That should be interesting — if it’s free. Hey, look at this:
As guests arrive for the debate, the purchaser of the tickets will need to present a photo ID so that the name on the ticket and the photo ID can be validated against our registration list.
What’s that all about? Oh — we assume Hambo wants to keep science people and other trouble-makers out, so that the audience will be all drooling creationists — to whom the tickets have already been sold. That will assure a more beneficial debate atmosphere.
By the way, AIG has a separate page for information about the debate. It gives the event’s date (04 Feb), location (at the Creation Museum), and info about buying tickets (none available).
So that’s the news. It’s a mystery to all of us why Nye agreed to participate in this event, but it appears that the die is cast. Hambo will get his publicity, and Nye will get — what? We think he’ll get a harsh lesson in what today’s creationism is all about, and how its promoters behave.
Addendum: We’re closing comments here, in order to funnel your comments into our open thread for the actual debate: Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham — Live Debate Thread.
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