WorldNetDaily: News About Ken Ham

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The Drool-o-tron™ blew itself apart in a thunderous explosion, but not before its blaring sirens and flashing lights alerted us to look at the blinking letters of its wall display. They said WorldNetDaily (WND).

As you know, WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post. So we said goodbye to the Drool-o-tron™ which, just before it exploded, had locked our computer onto this article: ‘Intolerant liberals’ get surprise message in Times Square. It has over 600 wild comments!

It sounds like weird stuff, but weirdness is routine material for us. Why did that destroy the Drool-o-tron™? We clicked on the story to see what was going on. Then we read, with a bit of bold font added by us for emphasis:

When the famous ball drops on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square, a message will be there to remind “our intolerant liberal friends” about the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Answers in Genesis, the Christian ministry best known for operating the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, announced it is purchasing a recurring, 15-second spot on a video billboard at 46th and Broadway to publicly “thank God for freedom.”

Aha! Suddenly we understood. This was not only a WND article, it was about Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia and the proprietor of the mind-boggling Creation Museum. The strain was too much for the Drool-o-tron™. (Its circuity is fine tuned, you know.) So we decided to take a closer look. WND tells us:

“The :15 digital board [the what?] will remind Americans of the religious freedoms they enjoy – whether they hold to the worldviews of Christianity, atheism, Judaism [or] other belief systems – and must be defended,” the ministry stated. “In addition, the Cross of Christ will be prominently displayed.”

Okay, that’s nice. But what’s newsworthy about this? Let’s read on:

The 15-second ad states, “To all our intolerant liberal friends: Thank God for freedom. Brought to you by and the First Amendment.”

We sense that Hambo doesn’t consider himself to be intolerant. That’s amusing, but it wasn’t worth the loss of a valuable piece of our equipment. There better be some more here. WND continues:

Stated Ken Ham, AiG president, “I am thrilled that the Cross of Christ will be seen in the most-watched place in the world on this day.”

We’re happy that he’s thrilled. Here’s more:

“The latest billboard campaign by AiG is helping draw attention to religious liberties under assault in America,” the organization asserts. “The efforts by secularist groups to remove Crosses, Nativity scenes and Ten Commandments displays from public places –and attacks on AiG’s Ark Encounter project – are intensifying. The need for Christian groups and churches to preserve their First Amendment rights has never been greater.”

Nobody’s religious liberties are “under assault,” and no one ever told Hambo he can’t put up a religious display on private property (with his own funds and the property owner’s consent, of course) — which is what he seems to be doing. So what’s the point of this? Moving along:

“The nation’s Founding Founders predicted that a future government would be tempted to infringe on religious liberties,” Ham stated.

That’s backwards! The Founders were far more concerned that some sect would use the government’s power to infringe on everyone else’s religious liberty, so they wisely provided that the government wouldn’t be involved in religious matters. Ah well, here’s one final excerpt, which appears to be a quote from Hambo:

That’s why their very first amendment was to establish a safeguard for religious expression, as they inserted the ‘free exercise clause’ for religion for the new nation. Sadly, that freedom is being chipped away today by atheists and other secularists.

The “very first amendment”? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hey, Hambo — it wasn’t the first. It was the third! That’s how the Bill of Rights was drafted and passed by Congress. The states didn’t ratify the first two amendments, so what had originally been number three then became the first. We explained all that in The Unknown Bill of Rights.

So that’s the news from WND and Hambo. It wasn’t worth losing our Drool-o-tron™ for that, but we’ll be all right. We always keep a spare on hand.

Addendum: Ol’ Hambo has posted about his billboard campaign at the AIG website: “Thank God for Freedom” to Be Messaged to Millions. Only a few excerpts are necessary for you to feel the love that radiates from this religiously tolerant man’s message:

There is no neutral position — one is either for Christ or against Christ.

We’ll omit the scripture references from this next loving excerpt:

As Christians deal with hard-hearted secularists, we should consider the examples from both the Old and New Testaments that showed the supposed “harshness” of believers toward the unrepentant. There is the account of the mocking of the prophets of Baal by Elijah. And then the account of Christ with the money-changers in the Temple: “When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables”. Christ used very strong language in dealing with the Pharisees, publicly calling them “whitewashed tombs” and being “of your father, the Devil” . And John the Baptist called the Pharisees “a brood of vipers.”

Too bad he couldn’t get all of that on the billboards. You gotta admit — that Hambo is a really great guy!

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22 responses to “WorldNetDaily: News About Ken Ham

  1. From Crain’s New York; “Depending on the location and dimensions, billboard space in Times Square can command $300,000 to $400,000 a month under a long-term contract from a single advertiser. The digital signs open new possibilities to market the space in shorter increments, costing as much as $40,000 for a day in prime holiday seasons.”
    Nice to know Hambo has money to spend.

  2. I hope the crowd derides the ad, just to twist Hambo’s knickers.

  3. Re Paul S.’s comment. I was going to ask about the cost of this little escapade as well. Maybe some of the Ark funds are being funneled to Times Square, or perhaps some wealthy donor is contributing? I can’t imagine Ham spending any of his personal money or risking his AIG’s accounts for this tripe.

  4. Again Ham shows his abysmal ignorance. If he ever read the buyBull he would know his gawd knows nothing of freedom as it is the greatest psychotic tyrant of the ages.

  5. Doctor Stochastic

    I think the Olde Egyptianne Cheer for the Sun God would be appropriate as Ham’s message rolls by.

    “Cheers for the Sun God,
    He’s a real Fun God.
    Ra! Ra! Ra!”

  6. I just added a large addendum about some stuff Hambo posted at AIG about the billboard campaign.

  7. Was there any mention of “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”.
    I assume that lights will not fall under that, but crosses, crucifixes, creches, stone tablets, and arks?

  8. “…whether they hold to the worldviews of Christianity, atheism, Judaism [or] other belief systems…the Cross of Christ will be prominently displayed.” As far as I know, the legendary cross of Christ partains to only one of those belief systems. Perhaps WND knows something else?

  9. Just try to fathom how much reality-based “good” could be done with Hamster’s ad money and ark crud money – feeding hungry mouths, sending kids to college, helping out with heating bills, and on and on and on. Hamster and his cronies are beyond-words wicked.

  10. “The nation’s Founding Founders predicted that a future government would be tempted to infringe on religious liberties,” Ham stated. “That’s why their very first amendment was to establish a safeguard for religious expression, as they inserted the ‘free exercise clause’ for religion for the new nation. Sadly, that freedom is being chipped away today by atheists and other secularists.”

    One wonders how Hamfat, er, Ken Ham explains the fact that even before we get to the First Amendment, Article VI of the Constitution provides that “no religious test shall ever be required for any office or public trust under the United States.”

  11. In the words of Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Although in Ken’s case it might be more truthful to say that “stupid does as stupid is.” My apologies to Forrest.

  12. Ken Ham constantly lies about the content of the Bible he claims to believe is literal and inerrant.

    Jesus did not say the Pharisees are of their father, the Devil. He said the JEWS are of their father, the Devil. Hitler and every other anti-semite loved that passage and they all quote it often.

    Ken Ham lied about the content of the Bible. He cleaned it up and made it politically correct.

    Why? Liberal influence. Ken Ham, like most Christians, is so influenced by liberalism that he has rewritten the Bible to agree with it… in effect using certain parts of liberalism (like anti-racism) as an ersatz counterfeit for Biblical Christianity. Real traditional Christians, from Augustine to John Chrysostum to Martin Luther, hated Jews. Any Christian who does not push Jew-hatred (or gay hatred) is a compromiser, a quasi-liberal poser pushing a counterfeit religion of modernism.

  13. I wonder what Kanny Humbug & The AiGitators mean to achieve with their slogan (besides the obvious finger-pointing, that is). There’s something a bit out of kilter with “Thank God for freedom.” Surely if their god had any direct doings to bring freedom, there’d be no need at all for either a Constitution or a Bill of Rights.

    Silly me, now I’ve gone and confused the issue with reason and logic…

  14. Ken Ham is going openly insane before our eyes.

  15. Don’t you dare to mock Ol’Hambo! In 2 Kings 2:23-24 is told what the loving god will do to correct your evil ways.

  16. What a waste of money. Besides if Hambo was actually correct he wouldn’t need to advertise.

  17. Dear God, the comments, the comments!

    The only thing that comforts me about sharing a planet with these hateful jackasses is that if they ever realised their demented ambitions and took over, they would immediately fall merrily to cutting each others’ throats with the same busy dedication that they give to cutting ours.

  18. As for “thank God for freedom”, Ken’s again mangling scripture – by subtracting from it, this time. Romans 6:17-18: “Once you were slaves of sin, but now, thank God, you have yielded to a wholehearted obedience to that pattern of teaching to which you were made subject. Emancipated from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.”

    So, Christians have exchanged one slavery for another. Doesn’t sound much like freedom to me.

  19. creativerealms

    Something tells me Ken expected this ad to not be accepted which is why he thinks he has won a huge victory. Paying money to do something anyone can do is not a victory.

  20. Ham seems to deliver a consistently alarmist message about how “secularists” and “liberals” are talking over “the culture”, trying to viciously eradicate Christianity. He doesn’t hesitate to quote surveys suggesting a declining level of religious belief, or to point out that two thirds of young (fundamentalist) believers will leave the fold once they get a little education. That is not a defeat, it doesn’t suggest that there could possibly be anything wrong with the doctrines so beloved by Ham, it just means that he has a reason to cry wolf (and in the same breath, cry “Send me your money”).

    The Hamite ministry is based on alarmism: Believers SHOULD panic. Ham wants them to.

    Whenever some secularist group suggests that the states must take seriously their constitutional obligation to be religiously neutral, for instance by not displaying Nativity scenes in PUBLIC buildings, Ham presents this as a wicked, intolerant attack on Christianity itself. Supposedly, “religious freedom” is at stake! Any moment now, the atheists will outlaw Christianity altogether!

    Yes, Ken, we know you are still sore about those tax rebates you lost because you wouldn’t promise that a Jew or a Catholic can be employed at Ark Encounter just as well as the staunch YECs you obviously prefer … And so it is time to blame the “secularists” AGAIN. Is this billboard campaign a “revenge” of sorts?

    Ham repeatedly insists that you can’t be neutral when it comes to Christ, regularly quoting the scripture “he who is not for me, is aganst me”. Very well, then Ham (and/or Jesus) has rejected the very concept of church/state separation as an attack on Christianity. Until the US becomes a Bible-literalist theocracy, it will be an anti-Christian nation, according to this Australian immigrant. The US must become “Christian” in exactly the same sense Iran is “Islamic”.

    But I don’t think Ham wants to spell that out too often. Parts of his intended audience may, after all, think that he sounds rather unpatriotic. The villains of the play will remain the “intolerant liberals”, “secularists” and “aggressive atheists”, though Ham should really be including the guys that drew up the US constitution as well.

  21. If you want to communicate a message, it doesn’t usually help to start out with an insult. “Intolerant liberal” is offensive and pretty much means their target audience won’t even consider the rest of the message.

  22. Charles Deetz ;)

    Intolerant liberals? No marketer, I can’t think of another example, openly mocks part of the public. Brazenly stupid, but for WND commenters it is a writing prompt.

    And the second part of the message is almost a non sequitur, greatly influenced by Hambo’s paranoid feeling of oppression.

    As a liberal I don’t even get the message, it is just a dog whistle to the right by using the words intolerant and freedom, they eat that stuff up. Would even be better with a flag than a cross.