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 AnswersInGenesis.org 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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