Ken Ham Rants about Darwin Day

A while back we wrote about Another Darwin Day Resolution in Congress. Things like that are proposed every year, and they never seem to get passed.

But these things are beneficial. Not because we expect Congress to adopt such a resolution, but because we get to hear from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He’s 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.

The idea of Darwin Day fills Hambo with righteous rage. It did last year too — see Surprise! Ken Ham Opposes Darwin Day. He just posted Will There Be a National Darwin Day? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Will Darwin Day be honored as a national holiday here in America? Well, a resolution was reintroduced to the US House of Representatives recently to recognize Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12, 2016) as a national holiday because of many absurd reasons. There has since been an additional resolution from a Democratic Senator that would show Congressional support for the Darwin Day distinction.

We imagine ol’ Hambo is red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around chewing the carpet. He says:

Now, some of the reasons listed nationally for celebrating Darwin, who of course was not an American [Gasp!], include the following:

• Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence he compiled to support it, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth.

• It has been the human curiosity and ingenuity exemplified by Darwin that has promoted new scientific discoveries that have helped humanity solve many problems and improve living conditions.

• The teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems.

• Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all of Earth’s peoples.

It’s impossible for us to conceive the revulsion ol’ Hambo must experience as he reads such things. Under these extreme circumstances, his self-restraint is remarkable. Let’s read on:

These are terrible reasons to make Darwin Day a national holiday. Putting aside the fact that Darwin was not an American [Gasp!], Darwinian evolution has no confirmation in observational science. What we see in the world is consistent with God’s Word, not evolutionary ideas about the past, and much of what we observe actually contradicts evolutionary ideas.

For those who have doubts about the existence of a multiverse, the evidence you’ve been seeking is at hand. Ol’ Hambo is obviously living in a universe quite different from the one in which we exist. He continues:

Darwin isn’t a great example of “human curiosity and ingenuity” — he was compelled to come up with a way to explain life without God because he rejected God.And Darwin isn’t a “worthy symbol” of the promotion of “a common bond among all of Earth’s peoples.” He was racist and his ideas were racist!

If you need a rebuttal to that, see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. Here’s more:

This proposed new holiday only emphasizes how anti-God our society has become. Christian holidays like Christmas or Easter have been secularized to the point where Nativity scenes and crosses are being taken out of public places, yet a secular figure whose ideas on the origin of life are a major tenet of the secular religion of humanism can be publicly applauded and celebrated.

Unless we’re mistaken, Jesus wasn’t an American either. Neither were St. Valentine or Columbus. Wow — using Hambo’s arguments, we can really clean up the calendar! We’ll skip to Hambo’s last paragraph, which is loaded with good advice:

This February 12, I encourage you to celebrate the truth of God’s unchanging Word. Use “Darwin Day” as a springboard for conversations with your friends and family about the flaws of evolution and show them how observational science confirms God’s Word from the beginning. And then challenge people that the history in the Bible — starting with Genesis — is true, and that’s why the gospel based in that history is true.

So there you are. Now go forth, dear reader, and do as Hambo suggests. Your friends will appreciate it.

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20 responses to “Ken Ham Rants about Darwin Day

  1. Jesus wasn’t an American either.

    He wasn’t? Pshaw! Next you’ll be telling us he wasn’t a Protestant.

  2. I am surprised he didn’t put in a plug asking for people to visit the Creation ‘Museum’.

  3. So, no more Columbus day?

  4. There’s me, posting too soon. Anyway, I like Columbus day. You get a parade and it’s mostly just schools and other government agencies that are off, it’s like a mini vacation. Valentine’s day I could probably do without unless you’re going to hang out at the park at 2122 North Clark Street, but it’s usually too cold.

  5. @real

    Or worse, Jeezus didn’t speak English or have blue eyes and Nordic features.

  6. “… as a national holiday because of many absurd reasons….”
    And celebrating the birth of the bastard son of a raped girl during the winter time when he was not born …. is not absurd?!?!?!?!?

  7. I wonder why they bother to bring up “Darwin Day” periodically? Darwin shared a birthday with Abe Lincoln and the holiday calendar was too crowded already so that was merge with Washington’s and made into “Presidents Day”.
    The only result of making it a national holiday is bureaucrats get a Monday off and nobody gets mail.
    Bringing it up gives Hambo a easy essay and that’s about it. Stop introducing it into consideration it won’t nor should it fly.
    Of course nothing stops anyone from having a nice Darwin Day celebration without a federal holiday.

  8. By posting the contents of the Darwin Day legislation on his rant site,
    Ol’ Hambo provides those of his readers with a glimmer of intelligence
    exposure to some very powerful scientific arguments FOR evolution.
    Only the die hard droolers won’t absorb that information. Which , I suppose
    is his target audience anyway. Why tolerate anyone capable of logic when there are so many who aren’t who also have financial support capability for his ‘ministry’.

  9. How exactly could I “show them how observational science confirms God’s Word from the beginning”?
    The notion that Ham has any real interest in the findings of ‘science’ is utterly laughable. He has a huge interest in false indoctrination however – it’s his ‘bread and butter’. Ham’s strategy is to make people vote a certain way (the ‘right’ or ‘true’ way) by blatantly lying about the opposition.
    What missing from his article however is any recommendation that readers visit Cowboy Bob Sorensen’s page ‘The Question Evolution Project’. I guess there must be sufficient ‘answers’ at Ham’s own site.

  10. What??? Ken Ham ISN’T AN AMERICAN??? Whoda thunk it?

  11. michaelfugate

    Here is why Ham and all organizations including religious pseudo-universities that require one to sign a “statement of faith” fail:

    Upon this first, and in one sense this sole, rule of reason, that in order to learn you must desire to learn, and in so desiring not be satisfied with what you already incline to think, there follows one corollary which itself deserves to be inscribed upon every wall of the city of philosophy: Do not block the way of inquiry.

    Charles Sanders Peirce

  12. Ham should be a bit more humble. If it weren’t for Darwin (and Wallace) and their theory, there would be no AIG and Ham would be an elementary school teacher in Australia.

  13. Having a nation confirm it’s commitment to the Enlightenment should be an outrage to Ol Hambo. The idea that all those dollars may be going somewhere else as his own revenue stream dries up must be frustrating. I wonder how he would react to a “National Mysticism Day” ?

  14. See today’s Non Sequitur comic:

    (Let’s hope I got that right!)

  15. Ham says Darwin “was compelled to come up with a way to explain life without God because he rejected God.” Assuming for argument’s sake that Darwin actually rejected God, Ham’s got it backwards, like the cart before the horse. Darwin rejected God because Darwin came up with a scientific way to explain life.

  16. @kc
    AFAIK, Darwin rejected the idea of the eternal damnation of his father and brother. The death of his young daughter didn’t help, but I think that that was later.

  17. Of course, this wouldn’t be a federal holiday, just another one of those meaningless “national days of…” like National Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Day, or National Mule Deer Day, or National Take Your Daughter to Work Day.

    Or National Feed Your Mule Deer a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich and Take it to Work Day.

    Anyway, nobody would get a day off, your mail will still come, and nobody will realize it’s Darwin Day until you’ve been at work for, like, three hours, and by then it’s way too late to go home and get your Darwin T-shirt, anyway.

    Chill out, Kenny.

  18. The whole truth

    hambo the tyrannical religious maniac, an Australian, came to The United States of America to set up his corrupt creationist cult of coercion and he obviously won’t tolerate anything other than changing The United States of America to a theocracy that is ruled by him and his zombie minions.

    To me, AIG’s theocratic agenda is an ongoing attempt to overthrow the government of The United States of America by a repressive, subversive cult. hambo and his followers/supporters should be prosecuted and imprisoned or banished for treason/sedition, and their assets should be confiscated. Yeah, there are some things wrong with the government of The United States of America but pushing to change it to a theocracy is going WAY TOO FAR.

  19. So what if Darwin wasn’t an American? Neither was Jesus, or Martin Luther, or -.. . but why go on?

    As for the claim that evolution “has no basis in observational science,” this is the old “show me a monkey turning into a man” argument, whose use by creationists makes monkeys out of them. And if “what we see in the world is consistent with God’s Word, not evolutionary ideas about the past, and much of what we observe actually contradicts evolutionary ideas,” first, what does the Hamster mean by “we,” and second, what does he mean by “see” and “observe”? Hallucinations and delusions don’t count.

    “Due to the winter storm, Friday evening’s “No choice but pro life” event at the Creation Museum has been cancelled.”
    Abort! Abort!