Ken Ham Is Enraged over “Dear Santa” Billboards

A couple of days ago we wrote about a preacher’s reaction to the “Dear Santa” billboard campaign of The American Atheists National Convention. That was Rev. Michael Bresciani — Science Fairy Tales. Now, the same billboards have provoked a reaction from yet another creationist.

This one comes from 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 mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Hambo’s post at the AIG website is “All I Want for Christmas Is to Skip Church!” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and Hambo’s links and scripture references omitted:

Often around Christmas, atheist groups put up billboards encouraging people to reject the real reason for Christmas — Christ! And they’re doing it again this year. Note that their focus is to be against the Christian message. Such efforts once again help show that this is a spiritual issue, as secularists actively try to “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

The 2014 billboards feature a young girl writing a letter to Santa Claus and saying, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”

As you can imagine, ol’ Hambo is sputtering mad — but in a righteous, loving way, of course. He says:

According to the American Atheists’ article, these billboards, instead of placing them in the usual urban areas such as Times Square in New York City, are going to be displayed “in more residential areas to be near schools and churches.” Sadly, both the theme and the location of the billboards show that American Atheists is desperately working to influence our children with its religion of purposelessness and meaninglessness.

Gasp — they’re after your children! To Hambo, trying to indoctrinate children is an outrage! Well, unless they’re being indoctrinated with his message, of course. Let’s read on:

Atheists (like Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, for instance) accuse Christians of a form of “child abuse” because we are teaching our children the Christian message, including the Genesis creation account. But it’s the atheists who are destroying children’s lives by trying to force their anti-God, meaningless religion on generations of kids. People need to understand that atheists are not trying to stop children from being taught religion — they just don’t want them being taught the Christian religion, because they want to impose their own atheist religion on them. This clearly shows that those who often loudly claim tolerance are, as I have written many times, the most intolerant people around!

Ignoring the usual silliness of claiming that atheism is a religion, what Hambo wants is a monopoly on teaching your kids. His message, and only his message, should be allowed. He continues:

Instead of encouraging children to seek truth and parents to teach truth, these billboards are essentially encouraging kids and parents to walk down the broad path that leads to destruction. Yes — these atheists are vehemently suppressing the truth about God that they actually know because of their unrighteousness — and they are determined that our kids do the same!

Oh, the horror! Those hell-bound atheists are suppressing The Truth! Here’s more:

Ironically, these billboards are pressuring kids to skip church because they’re “too old for fairy tales,” but they seem to have no problem with kids writing letters to Santa Claus, an obviously mythical character. Even an atheist blogger commented on the irony when he wrote, “If the girl is too old for fairy tales, then why is she writing to Santa Claus . . . ?”

Whatever else one might say about Hambo, you can’t say he’s inconsistent. He takes his bible literally, and that’s also how he reads billboards. After ranting a bit more, he declares:

God’s Word is not “fairy tales” — it is truth! And observational science confirms the Word of God. And because the history of the Bible is true, the message of the gospel is true. This is the message we need to teach this generation!

Would Hambo get this angry if the Flat Earth Society put up some billboards? Probably not, because such obvious nonsense wouldn’t be taken seriously by anyone. So if Hambo’s version of things is true, and it’s confirmed by science, what’s he worried about?

There’s more to Hambo’s essay. You’ve seen it all before, so we’ll stop here, while he’s still red in the face, ranting and raving. But we can’t quit without offering him some sincere Curmudgeonly advice: Calm down, Hambo, or you’ll blow out an artery. They’re only billboards.

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15 responses to “Ken Ham Is Enraged over “Dear Santa” Billboards

  1. Kanny Humbug alleges—

    “Note that [the atheists’] focus is to be against the Christian message.”

    No, Mr Humbug. Dubious originality of “the Christian message” aside, the focus of those groups is against (1) the perpetuation of antiquated fantasy as unassailable Trvth™, (2) the anti-intellectualism that inheres in such practice, and (3) the expectation that certain notions are to enjoy special privileges in the form of being shielded from rational inquiry.

  2. Ol Hambone proclaims “… observational science confirms the Word of God”. This statement confirms archeology among the observational sciences of which Hammy is ignorant, as archeologists have found that much (most?) of what’s mentioned in the bible never happened.

  3. I must say that as a hardcore atheist I think

    “Dear Santa, I’m too old for fairy tales.”

    rather silly.
    Of course Ol’ Hambo gets all kind of stuff wrong.

    “the real reason for Christmas — Christ”
    Actually no. If we take the Bible as literal as Ol’ Hambo does Jesus was not born at December 25th. In the first place the Bible doesn’t mention a date. Lucas 2:8 gives a hint though:

    “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”
    Guess what? Late December 25th it’s way too cold in Palestina to spend the nights outdoors. Sheep stay inside.
    So yes – Ol’ Hambi IS inconsistent. He’s celebrating a pagan day.

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    @mnbo But Hambo already accepts Sunday (not Saturday) for the Sabbath, and that the Earth goes around the Sun. So it is part of a continuous slide into heretical belief that goes against the facts of the Bible.

  5. The Bible exists, therefore it is inerrant. The Bible is inerrant, therefore it is true. The Bible is true, therefore God exists. God exists, therefore the Bible is written by God. The Bible is written by God, therefore it has leather covers.

    I’m sorry, I can’t remember where I was going with this.

  6. Tundra Boy confesses:

    I’m sorry, I can’t remember where I was going with this.

    [voice of SatNav]: In one hundred feet, turn left off the Path of Righteousness.

    Continue for two miles on Path of Perdition into the Fiery Lake.

    …Recalculating….recalculating…recalc–

  7. The thing that really POs me about this whole ” discussion” is the way Hamm and the rest of the Cretinists twist history to suit their version of reality. Christmas as we celebrate it today has little to do with Christianity and a lot more to do with Roman Saturnalia. This a gross over simplification and I understand that but much closer to the truth. Now if you will excuse me I will return to my egg nog and some holiday n–kie .
    :-)))

  8. Our Curmudgeon writes: “To Hambo, trying to indoctrinate children is an outrage! Well, unless they’re being indoctrinated with his message, of course.”

    Of course, in Hamite semantics, he doesn’t “indoctrinate”. Even if the entire point of his efforts is to instil an absolutely unshakeable, unquestioning faith in the absolute, literal truth of Genesis, and even if kids are told that failing to share Ham’s belief system is an insult to God and may imperil their everlasting salvation, this apparently has NOTHING to do with “indoctrination”. No, such “educational” efforts are always seen as something loving and entirely beneficial — “teaching our children the truth from God’s Word”!

    Drawing kids’ attention to the fact that very nearly all scientists favor another origin story, based on actual evidence from nature instead of Bronze Age mythology — THAT is vicious “indoctrination”, of course.

    When you have read a sufficient number of AiG articles, the whole “we teach, evolutionists indoctrinate” semantics game is getting pretty obvious, trite and tiresome.

  9. Maybe if Jesus is the reason for the season, they should do a literal reading of their bibles and move Christmas sometime in September. At the risk of ruining everyone’s first Monday in Sept., I propose Labor Day being the new Christmas. It sounds appropriate at least.

  10. So, Ham, you want to teach the “TRVTH”. Which is more true, that the second coming happened in the 1st century, as Jesus clearly stated “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom” (KJV – Matthew 16:28 and elsewhere in Mark and Luke) — or that it didn’t happen. You say the bible is inerrant, the word of a God who doesn’t lie, yet this did not happen. Remember, it is the plain reading of the text which you preach.

    If Christianity were taught in public schools, it might be the Christianity as understood by actual biblical scholars and historians, and taught in major secular universities. That would be more damaging to fundamentalist belief than the teaching of natural history.

  11. He can’t stand the right to free speech, can he?

  12. So, Mr. Ham, you say your religion isn’t a fairy tale? Prove it.

    (Waiting…)

    (Waiting…)

    (Zzzzzz…)

  13. If you think that your kids seeing a billboard is undue “pressure”, I’m afraid that you’re going to have to lock them away in a closet for the rest of their lives to avoid any contact whatsoever with the rest of the world.

    Contact like, speaking with anyone who doesn’t completely share your views. And, since that’s nearly everyone else in the world, you had better start protecting the kids from that now.

  14. People like Ken Ham poison Christianity by yoking its moral message to absurd superstitions, crank beliefs and flat-out lies. I’d bet money that his continued insistence that science proves the Bible is true from Genesis 1:1 onward is an example of the last–in other words, that he himself doesn’t believe it. (But oh, the money there is to be made!)

    By demanding that people believe the unbelievable as the price for morality, Ham et at. make morality itself less credible.

  15. @Eric Lipps
    It is difficult for many of us to comprehend how someone could believe that what the Bible says is all one needs (Sola Scriptura), and literally true throughout, inerrant, and all the rest – and has actually read much of the Bible. One doesn’t have to get far before one has to be making up excuses:
    where that water came from, what is that firmament, how there were days before there was a sun … yes, I know that they have excuses, but wouldn’t anyone have to realize that if you have to be making up so many excuses that often, you’re in trouble? And to just ignore geocentrism – and so much else? If they cut down the Bible to what they want to keep without having to explain it away, how much would there be?