Ken Ham Rages Against “Secular Religion”

On slow news days, we can usually count on something entertaining 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.

Ol’ Hambo just posted this on his blog: Religious Symbols Attacked—Unless They’re Secular Ones! Ah yes, those satanic secular symbols. Hambo is furious again. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Secular groups are becoming increasingly aggressive in trying to remove any Christian symbols from the culture in America. They are intolerant of any religion but their own!

Yeah, yeah. That which is secular is — according to ol’ Hambo — an alternative religion. So what’s he complaining about this time? He tells us:

I’ve blogged before about several of these instances when Christian symbols — like nativity scenes or an ark-related display — were removed from public places.

Yes, that’s when we wrote You’re Either For Ken Ham or Against Him. It was about a Bible-themed display in a public park in Delaware. Let’s read on:

One of these secular groups is also behind the recent attacks on Ark Encounter that resulted in the state of Kentucky unlawfully discriminating against us because we are a religious group.

It’s a dirty rotten shame. A creationist theme park isn’t allowed to get millions in tax rebates from the state. Hambo continues:

Well, according to the Christian News Network, a secular group called the American Humanist Association (AHA) is “now raising funds to erect a statue in a courthouse lawn of Clarence Darrow.” Reportedly, this group wants the statue placed on the lawn of the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee — the very courthouse where Clarence Darrow defended evolution in the famous 1925 Scopes trial.


Groups like the American Humanist Association are known for aggressively campaigning for the removal of any religious — especially Christian — symbol from public places, and yet they apparently want what is basically a secular symbol of evolution and agnosticism placed in a public place. So, according to the AHA, religious symbols are apparently unacceptable — unless they promote their religion!

Let us all bow our heads and pray to Clarence Darrow. One more excerpt:

Why are these groups really so adamant that Christian symbols be removed? Because they know in their hearts that God exists, but they are fighting against Him and suppressing that truth in unrighteousness [scripture reference].

Hambo has more to say, but that’s the guts of it. We suspect that he understands the concept of separation of church and state, but he doesn’t like it — not when it applies to his religion. That’s typical of all theocrats. Sorry, Hambo, but that’s the way it is.

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18 responses to “Ken Ham Rages Against “Secular Religion”

  1. docbill1351

    Right, so old Hambo is objecting to a statue of Clarence Darrow, to go along side the current statue of William Jennings Bryan, and is supported by the Rhea County Historical Society (obviously a hotbed of atheists) because Darrow is a symbol of atheism which is a religion except that it isn’t.

    Clear as mud.

  2. Hambo obviously doesn’t know what the word “secular” means. He must think it is a synonym for “Satanic”. And he very conveniently forgot to mention that there is already a statue of William Jennings Bryan on the courthouse lawn that has been there for decades.

  3. Jason Caulfield

    @RevReinhard. Just followed your link, nice blog. I can’t speak for the esteemable SC but this is not an atheistic web site, just pro-science, and welcome.

  4. I kinda get the impression that Hamster and Gerbil and their ilk know that they are going extinct. They seem to be flailing around with extra fierce exertion in recent times.

    I mourn the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the Carolina parakeet, and even the trilobites (!), but professional creationists (i.e., liars) have had their day – nobody will miss them.

  5. I don’t really see Hambo as flailing around. This is actually a very cunning way to do fund raising. This may look like whining but it is really a surgical strike at the wallets of his donors. Well done Hambo!

  6. Dave Luckett

    This lies at the core of the Ham mind: everything is religion. Everything. Every attitude, every fact, every practice, custom, attitude, understanding, belief, everything is religion.

    It’s not so much that demons haunt Ham’s world, although they do; it’s that everything haunts it.

    The more I understand about how Ham thinks, the more I wonder: how does this man function at all? Worse, how is it possible that he is honoured by a moiety of his peers for the very fact of his disfunction?

  7. Groan. “Opposition to religion is a religion,” again? And I suppose opposition to publicly-funded sports would be a sport, too.

    And “they know in their hearts that God exists, but they are fighting against Him and suppressing that truth in unrighteousness”? Apparently Ham doesn’t see any difference between Christianity–the fundamentalist kind, anyway–and the God it claims to worship. Or else he does, but thinks he can con the rubes with a deliberate conflation of the two.

  8. RevReinard:

    Hambo obviously doesn’t know what the word “secular” means. He must think it is a synonym for “Satanic”

    What he thinks is that “secular” is synonymous with “atheist.” Since, as SC says, his whole world-view is based on “if you’re not with us, you’re against us,” there’s pretty obviously no room in there for what “secular” actually means, which is nothing more demonic or adversarial than just “neutral.”

  9. Charles Deetz ;)

    He so readily makes up stuff about what he considers religion, but no one else does. And makes up what he thinks science is. Let’s not forget that his version of the Old Testament. After all that, then he makes up stuff to be mad and offended about.

  10. Dave Luckett states, “The more I understand about how Ham thinks, the more I wonder: how does this man function at all?”

    with Ham, it’s not so much how he thinks that’s the issue. Rather, it’s how he wants everyone else to think that’s the problem.

  11. SC, I’ll bet aturingtest would appreciate your fixing his blockquote.

    [*Voice from above*] SC is sleeping. He’ll find it fixed in the morning.

  12. That’s a true comment about Hambo’s worldview that EVERYTHING has to be viewed through a religion, therefore atheism is a religion, Darwinism is a religion, and my worship of cats is a religion. OK, that last one is not so much a stretch as a real religion. (Forgiveness I beg of thee, Bastet.)

  13. Creationists sure are very good at oxymorons. Creation science. Secular religion.

  14. The degree to which the following link is off-topic for this thread is arguable, but I think it incontrovertable that it deserves a call-out somewhere on this blog, and I don’t think I can contain myself waiting for an Intellectucal Free-Fire Zone. So, without further ado:

    Gold in faeces ‘worth millions’:

    US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human faeces. The group identified gold in waste from American sewage treatment plants at levels which if found in rock could be worth mining. …[snip]… [S]cientists calculated that the waste from one million Americans could contain as much as $13m (£8.6m) worth of metals.

    Might this explain why Creationists, who are ever out to turn a fast buck, are also given to installing spy cameras in toilets?

    “Yee haw! Thar’s gold in them them thar…um, hills…”

  15. What about the Statue of Liberty? Or the American flag?

  16. Dave L is sharp as a freshly whetted razor: “Every attitude, every fact, every practice, custom, attitude, understanding, belief, everything is religion.”
    Here is your evidence.ïssa

    Aturingrest does not fall behind: “secular” is synonymous with “atheist.”
    Here we have an atheist from Ol’ Hambo’s point of view:

  17. aturingtest

    Dang it;


    how do they work?

  18. Thanks for the link to mountainretreatorg, mnbo. Tony Warren makes a good case that “Secular Christian” is an oxymoron, and so there can be no such thing. No point in claiming to be a member of the Christian tribe if one is tainted by any scrap of worldly unbelief.

    However, there is such a thing as a “secular christian,” lower case. Very similar to a nonobservant Jew: someone who honors the values he/she grew up with without participating in its rituals and taboos. Poet Miller Williams said he had friend who claimed to be a secular christian. He explained he could no longer believe in the Genesis account of creation or the virgin birth or the resurrection, but he still felt obligated to do unto others the way he wanted them to do unto him. He summed up by saying secular christianity has only two commandments:
    1) Never take up more than one parking space.
    2) Always be kind to drunks.

    Facetiously stated, of course. But if we take them metaphorically, those commandments remind us not to take stuff somebody else has a right to and to try to show compassion when other people foul up–if only so they will be disposed to tolerate us when we do.