The news that the tickets for the Bill Nye-Ken Ham debate swiftly sold out, about which see Ham-Nye Debate Tickets All Sold Out, has apparently spawned chatter on the internet that has offended Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) and his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG).
Hambo has just posted this: Does the AiG Website Discriminate Against Atheists? He says, with bold font added by us:
[I]t seems there are atheists who must believe we have a computer program in place that can somehow detect secularists and block them out. We just had to shake our heads when we read many comments on atheist blogs about the tickets to the debate being sold out in 120 seconds!
Yes, only a fool would believe in such a thing. Conspiracies are bunk! Well, some aren’t. Perhaps you recall what was reported by Bloomberg in their story about the problems ol’ Hambo was having in selling his Ark Encounter bonds. We quoted them in Ken Ham’s Ark Bonds — 04 Jan 2014 Update:
“The associated complications and struggles have been beyond our control,” said Ham, who cited impediments such as atheists registering for the offering and disrupting it. “I urge you to please prayerfully consider the options and help us get this bond offering completed.”
By the way, the deadline for the bond sale is 06 Feb. Hambo needs to sell another $28.5 million worth of bonds by that date. If he doesn’t, all the money from bond sales must be refunded. And the debate with Bill Nye is 04 Feb. We hope Hambo isn’t so distracted by the bond deal that he won’t be able to focus on the debate. Let’s keep reading:
Some evolutionists who couldn’t get tickets within that two-minute window stated that the museum was actually trying to pack the auditorium with its supporters. One secularist declared that we supposedly want “to keep science people and other trouble-makers out, so that the audience will be all drooling creationists.”
Oh dear — that’s a quote from your Curmudgeon’s post. But when we said that, we were trying to figure out why a photo ID was required for admission. Hambo continues:
Well, the online registration for debate tickets was open to everyone. There was no way our software could detect a creationist from an evolutionist!
Okay, the sales weren’t screened by software. That settles the audience-packing issue, because there’s no other conceivable way those tickets could have been placed in friendly hands. But Hambo has more to say about it:
Here is an irony: one of the things I’ve noticed over the years is that secularists have often attacked AiG by claiming we don’t do proper scientific research. Yet these same people will make ignorant statements against us in an attempt to undermine our integrity — without thinking through their logic or doing any research!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Only AIG does proper scientific research. Moving along:
There has also been criticism that we made it our policy to ask for a photo ID when people will pick up their purchased debate tickets at the museum, as if we will be screening out evolutionist at that time. Of course, that’s nonsense as well. …
Why an ID? It’s to help avoid the scenario of people buying debate tickets and scalping them for a big profit. Thus we are insisting that the purchaser himself or herself will be using the tickets. Therefore, when tickets are picked up, the photo ID can be validated against our registration list. That’s all it is. …. Now you know why we are insisting on IDs to pick up the tickets.
Glad that’s cleared up. It wouldn’t be right for anyone to make any money from this event. Another excerpt:
It’s remarkable to what lengths some secularists will go in order to create bizarre conspiracies out of nothing!
Yes — besides, secularists have more important things to do — like disrupting the sale of Hambo’s bonds. Ah, here’s some information:
Many people have asked if the debate will be streamed live online. Yes, it will. Because of the enormous interest in the debate, we are working with our tech people and outside contractors to ensure we have the necessary equipment and ability to live stream to large numbers of people. For many reasons, this service is quite costly. … For cost reasons and a number of other factors, we are charging a nominal fee for live web streaming — and you can put that amount toward the purchase of the DVD set when it come [sic] out after the debate.
Then he gives this link to where you can sign up for the the live video stream. It’ll cost you $4.99, but it won’t cost your Curmudgeon anything. We don’t intend to sign up.
So there you are. Now you have two dates to remember in February: the big debate is on the fourth, and the make-or-break deadline for Hambo’s bond sale is the sixth. Make that three dates — Darwin’s 205th birthday is on 12 February.
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