A few weeks ago, when London’s Telegraph reported this story, BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes, we didn’t post about it because … well, the story made sense. How can we have any fun around here if we report that the sun rose in the east this morning? For example, the Telegraph said:
BBC journalists are being sent on courses to stop them inviting so many cranks onto programmes to air ‘marginal views’
Some 200 staff have already attended seminars and workshops and more will be invited on courses in the coming months to stop them giving ‘undue attention to marginal opinion.’
“Science coverage does not simply lie in reflecting a wide range of views but depends on the varying degree of prominence such views should be given.”
Everyone knows that’s how it should be done — well, some journalists apparently don’t know that. This last excerpt from the Telegraph is another reason we didn’t write about their news:
The [BBC] Trust said that man-made climate change was one area where too much weight had been given to unqualified critics.
Again, that makes sense, but it’s not the sort of issue we write about. However, we failed to grasp what that news would mean to creationists. Today we bring you the reaction of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
We should have realized what “marginal views” would mean to a flaming creationist like ol’ Hambo. He’s red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and sputtering mad. At his personal blog we find this: BBC Staff Told Not to Represent “Marginal Views” on Science Programs. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
First the United Kingdom bans the teaching of creation in schools, and now the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Trust prevents BBC journalists from fairly representing [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] views on its science programs. According to a recent report in the UK’s Telegraph, journalists with the BBC have to take courses that teach them not to air “marginal views” — and they include controversies surrounding climate change.
Okay, but why does Hambo care about climate change? He tells us:
Now, many secularists claim that climate change is almost completely man made, but biblical creationists hold that major climate change really began with the global Flood of Noah’s day, and has been changing ever since.
Aaaargh!! Let’s read on:
Well, what the UK is doing to “marginal views” of climate change is really no different than what has happened to the question of evolution and creation in UK schools. Rather than allow viewers to critically evaluate various claims, the BBC in the UK wants to only air certain views.
It’s a Satanic Darwinist conspiracy to suppress The Truth™. Send money to AIG. Do it now! Hambo continues:
This attempt to completely remove or significantly minimize “marginal views” from BBC is an outcome of the blatant intolerance of Christianity by the secularists. They reject God and His Word, so of course, climate change cannot be attributed to a global Flood of Noah’s day as described in the Bible.
And here’s where ol’ Hambo ties it into creationism more directly:
In many ways, the climate change controversy is similar to the creation/evolution debate. Creationists don’t deny animals change or different species form, and they don’t deny climate change — but what is debated is to what degree animals change and why climate change occurs!
And as I’ve said before, what has happened in the UK is now happening in the U.S. when it comes to such issues. Many journalists here in America already severely distort views that are considered “marginal,” such as biblical creation — and some do not represent such views at all.
Here’s one more excerpt, and it’s somewhat alarming:
We are definitely seeing an increasing intolerance of Christianity in our Western world. This should wake up Christians to the spiritual battle raging around us — and we need to be soldiers actively involved in this battle.
Hambo’s rant goes beyond being just another a marginal view, or the usual preacher’s solicitation for contributions. It borders on being a call for violence against his imaginary adversaries. That’s not very smart.
Hey, Hambo: You’ve got a nice little tourist attraction for drooling rubes, and it provides you and your family with a good income. It’s one thing to preach about Genesis, but don’t throw it all away by trying to stir up a “spiritual battle” that can easily spin out of control.
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