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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