This is an unexpected continuation of what we recently posted: Answers in Genesis: An Ark-Load of Nonsense, which was about a massive load of misinformation regarding American history. The creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) seem to be waging a campaign to distort the past, and they’ve just posted something else which attempts to do just that.
This one is a reprint of something by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. It originally appeared in September of 2010, and we somehow ignored it. This time we won’t. The title is: One Nation Under . . . ? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and Hambo’s links, scripture quotes, and references omitted:
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?
Typical Hambo history. But according to the Wikipedia entry on In God we trust:
In God we trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782. “In God we trust” first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 and has appeared on paper currency since 1957.
The first appearance of that slogan on US coinage in 1864 was during the Civil War. Its intermittent usage since then is discussed at the website of the US Treasury: History of ‘In God We Trust’. Let’s return to Hambo’s essay:
The entire western world is changing. Whereas the West was once permeated by Christian thinking, with a predominantly Christian worldview in regard to morality, there has been a dramatic shift.
True. And thanks to that dramatic shift, we haven’t had any witch trials, heresy trials, or denominational wars in quite a while. But Hambo ignores that. Instead he discusses abortion and same-sex relationships — as if those were something new in the world which wouldn’t exist if we had remained in the theocratic Dark Ages.
Then he criticizes Obama for several paragraphs, after which he says:
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.
You’ve seen that stuff before — bible good, everything else bad, blah, blah, blah. Here’s a typical paragraph:
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. Sadly, much of the church aided this change by endorsing millions of years and evolutionary ideas, while trying to instill a Christian worldview in other areas (such as Christian morality, marriage as one man and one woman, and abortion as murder).
Darwin has made us a nation of gay abortionists! Here’s the last of it:
So What is the Solution? 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. [Bible quote.]
Only Hambo can lead us out of the darkness!
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