Terrorism in Paris — Who Does Ken Ham Blame?

Not only is Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) the world’s holiest man, the world’s greatest bible expert, and the world’s most knowledgeable scientist, but now it seems he’s also the world’s greatest analyst of international conflicts.

Ol’ Hambo has just posted Tragedy in Paris. It begins like this:

Those of us who have visited Paris are stunned to see this beautiful city now filled with carnage resulting from several terror attacks that have claimed well over 100 lives and seen hundreds injured (dozens seriously).

That was the first sentence, and so far it seems like a normal reaction. But then … well, see for yourself. Hambo says:

When such horrible tragedies occur, it makes all people think about their own mortality.

That wasn’t our first thought, but okay, it’s nothing to quibble about. Now brace yourself, dear reader, here it comes:

As Christians, we understand, based on the teaching of Genesis 3 and other passages, that such evil acts are the consequence of the wicked sinful heart of man. When Christians agonize over terrible terrorist attacks, they should realize that evil like this is ultimately a result of our sin of rebellion against our Creator.

There’s a bit more, but that’s the good part. Hey — look on the bright side: Hambo didn’t blame it on Darwin, or the theory of evolution, or all those wicked secular scientists. How could he? The terrorists are undoubtedly creationists who are every bit as opposed to science as Hambo is. So he ignores that and blames Adam & Eve.

Perhaps ol’ Hambo will become national security advisor to President Ben Carson.

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14 responses to “Terrorism in Paris — Who Does Ken Ham Blame?

  1. He is blaming Darwin and the wicked godless scientists, you know. You have to unpack the language a little, but that’s what he’s doing. To Ham and his flock, science that denies the literal truth of the Genesis account is ipso facto in rebellion against God.

    Now, of course, all humans are inheritors of Adam’s sin, too, but that is not to say that all are rebels against God. No, no. Rebels are those who reject the word of God contained in the Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible. (That is, of course, the Bible as read and interpreted by Ken Ham.)

    So it must follow that the people who carried out the latest atrocities AND the scientists who teach godless materialism are equally culpable, and share the same motive.

  2. So essentially he says when I hate you it is by gawds command, but when you hate people its cuz you are evil. Yep! Sounds about right.

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    How does one interpret his pronouns and nouns, I find them vague enough to not be useful. “Our sin”, is that a personal sin, collective sinfulness, or mankind’s (aka Adam’s) original sin. It makes a big difference to understand the cause Hambo is pointing to. “Evil”, is that the actor’s behavior, the political thinking, or their manifestation of “the Evil One’s will”? The terrorists being sinful, evil humans is way different than saying that the event was caused by the devil.

    Sadly, the discussion will move on from it being ‘evil’ to being god’s punishment for accepting gays, muslims, and/or eating bacon. And affixing god as the actor is somehow a good thing.

  4. It was indeed a rather moderate rant, as things tend to go at AiG. I was half-expecting the standard tirade about how “Darwinists” don’t really have the right to say that what the terrorists did was wrong, for in their worldview there are no moral absolutes and we are just “rearranged pond-scum”, etc. etc. etc.

    But such a rant would be perceived as tasteless by many, and these days Ham doesn’t want too much negative publicity. He may feel somewhat vulnerable between now and the grand Ark opening in July. Much is at stake for him, and there are still questions about the financing of the project that he probably doesn’t want to be either asked nor answered.

    So nowadays he prefers to cultivate an image of himself as a compassionate “conservative Christian” whose heart goes out to the victims in Paris, not as a raving fundamentalist.

  5. Our Curmudgeon indulges in some uncharacteristic cheer:

    Hey — look on the bright side: Hambo didn’t blame it on Darwin, or the theory of evolution, or all those wicked secular scientists.

    But probably only to avoid a gangland turf war with Klinghoffer, who specialises in that sort of hysteria.

    I think we should make book on how long it will take Klingy to fling some Parisian poo at ‘materialists. …5…4…3…

  6. Yes Ken. If only there were more religious fundamentalists in this world, these things wouldn’t happen. Never mind that the killers attended a Paris mosque regularly and came from a highly religious background.
    I wonder if the local imams are saying what Ken is saying??
    Or, are they teaching a different flavor of mind control.

  7. “Perhaps ol’ Hambo will become national security advisor to President Ben Carson.”

    Be careful what you ask for.

  8. Well, it’s at least as intelligent as Donald Trump’s twitter response.

  9. Hambo says:

    When such horrible tragedies occur, it makes all people think about their own mortality.

    That wasn’t our first thought, but okay, it’s nothing to quibble about. Now brace yourself, dear reader, here it comes:

    As Christians, we understand, based on the teaching of Genesis 3 and other passages, that such evil acts are the consequence of the wicked sinful heart of man. When Christians agonize over terrible terrorist attacks, they should realize that evil like this is ultimately a result of our sin of rebellion against our Creator.

    There’s a bit more, but that’s the good part. Hey — look on the bright side: Hambo didn’t blame it on Darwin, or the theory of evolution, or all those wicked secular scientists. How could he? The terrorists are undoubtedly creationists who are every bit as opposed to science as Hambo is. So he ignores that and blames Adam & Eve.

    Perhaps ol’ Hambo will become national security advisor to President Ben Carson.

    Ham didn’t blame Darwin or the theory of evolution — yet. Give him time.

    As for “President Ben Carson,” thank God–pun intended–that isn’t going to happen, any more than we got a (shudder) President Pat Robertson back in 1988. Even the GOP isn’t crazy enough–yet–to nominate a religious flake who has repeatedly lied about his own life story.

  10. I think Och Will nailed it. Ham’s mini-rant is more of a red herring to try to distract people from the fact that the killers may have been killing based on their religious principles. (NOTE: I say “may have been” because it’s not yet been conclusively shown that they were, in fact, ISIS or some other fundamentalist cult, though that evidence is piling up pretty quickly.) Otherwise, a lot of people will simply ask Ken, “Uh, isn’t what they’re saying and what you’re saying pretty much the same thing?”

  11. @Eric Lipps – They’re not lies, they’re parables.

  12. Fundies like Hambo will have no problem blaming tragedies of any type on atheism and or Darwin. The precedent is from the Bible where the “Children of Israel” slip and then some tragedy befalls Israel. Of course contemporaries of the Biblical narrative such as the worshipers of the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Chinese deities had no problem establishing empires far and wide. In many cases homosexuality and polygamy were practiced legally. The great thing about religion you have your own story and you can ignore any inconsistencies.

  13. But…but…but.. doesn’t God ‘love’ all of humanity? Did he love some Parisians just too much on Friday evening? Couldn’t wait to get them to heaven to worship and adore him? Perhaps he needed some of the Parisienne virgins amongst the dead to serve the perpretaors when they too were killed and went to heaven? As for the others, the horribly mutilated and wounded, God must have really hated them!

    I’ve been told many times that God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. Either he wasn’t there in Paris on Friday evening, (not omnipresent) so cannot be held to account, didn’t know it was happening (not omniscient) so cannot be held to account, wasn’t able to prevent it (not omnipotent) so cannot be held to account, or WAS able to prevent it (IS omnipotent) but CHOSE not to.

    Who in their right mind would want to worship such an incompetent God? (God loves Ken Ham, but his son in law – not so much. He didn’t love Bodie Hodge enough to prevent him having a heart attack!)

    Love like that? Who needs it?

  14. Ham is taking advantage of the moment to do a little evangelism. Not to share the pain of the parents who have lost their children, but to preach to them. Not to be angry at the murderers who took their children, but to excuse their actions as merely a consequence of the fall.

    Ham, if you blame Adam & Eve’s “sin” for this, then you are blaming God for this, because he is the one who decided to afflict all of humankind forever for two innocent people’s act of eating a fruit – a fruit from a tree that he inexplicably planted in the “garden” where they lived, rather than somewhere else where it would be safe. The more you believe that Genesis is true, the angrier you should be at God.