Ken Ham Rants about Iceland

We recently wrote about some good news — No Young Icelanders Are Creationists — and we said that we were curious to know what ol’ Hambo might think of it.

Well, dear reader, we don’t have to wonder any longer. We have a response 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.

Hambo’s post is Already Gone in Iceland. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Sadly [hee hee!], the next generation of American Christians is becoming increasingly secular. As I detailed in my coauthored book Already Gone , over two-thirds of American young people will leave the church, many of them never to come back. … And this phenomenon isn’t just happening in America. We’re seeing this across the Western world. In Iceland, the church is “already gone.”

Iceland is gone! Hambo says:

According to a new poll, less than half of Icelanders identify as religious. The other half, obviously, are religious — as everyone has a religion (atheism, for instance, is a religion. When people say they are not religious, it usually means they don’t identify with a church denomination). And the younger generation in Iceland is the least likely to identify as religious, with more than 40% of young people claiming to be atheists (which means they adhere to the religion of naturalism — atheism).

Yes, atheism is a religion. And vacuum is an atmosphere. But wait — the news from Iceland is even worse. Hambo tells us:

And 93.9% of those under 25 believe the big bang created the universe and 0.0% believe it was created by God. Zero percent! Not a single young person they asked said that God created the universe — not a single one.

Oh, how horrible! You might expect that Hambo will cite statistics about rising crime rates, suicides, and increasing poverty in Iceland. But nothing like that seems to be happening. How is that possible?

Whenever the facts don’t support Hambo’s worldview, he ignores them — especially items like this: Why violent crime is so rare in Iceland. Instead he says:

As Christians, we need to diligently teach our children about the truth of God’s Word from the very beginning. Our kids are learning the secular religion of millions of years, evolution, and relative morality from government-run school, the media, museums, and social media — pretty much everywhere. Parents need to be intentional about teaching their kids to think biblically and to view the world through the lens of God’s Word.

Yes, that’s what we have to do. Here’s one more excerpt:

We need to realize that the secular school system (even though there are some Christian “missionaries” in that system) is a religious institution. By and large, parents have handed over generations of their kids to the “priests” in the secularist churches (public schools) to be indoctrinated in the religion of naturalism (atheism).

Heed the words of Hambo, dear reader. If you don’t, we’ll suffer the fate of Iceland.

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21 responses to “Ken Ham Rants about Iceland

  1. Ark Park ticket sales in Ireland to date are pretty flat.

  2. Hammy says…As Christians, we need to diligently teach our children about the truth of God’s Word from the very beginning. ….
    He really means indoctrinate and brainwash using proper buyBull techniques of beating the truth into them.

  3. News for Hambone: atheism is no religion. I’m an atheist and I don’t need no steekin sky fairy. And a question for Hambone: If there were an all powerful sky fairy, why would he need Hambone to do his boxing for him? You’d think that, with all the cleverness he/she/it is alleged to have, she/he/it could think of a better way to reveal themselves.

  4. Laurette McGovern

    not believing in god is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby

  5. Atheism is an absence of religion, so Hambone is saying that an absence of religion is religion. I don’t think he gets the concept of zero.

  6. No kids to trick into fundraising, that would be disheartening for fundies.

    The “Atheism is a Religion” claim may be an attempt to eliminate the chance someone among the mystical minded might actually see a bigger picture and abandon over top cults like Ol’ Hambo’s.

    Cheers to the upcoming generation of leaders in Iceland!

  7. everyone has a religion
    I don’t know what to think. Jack Chick tells me that to be a Christian is not to have a religion.

  8. I wonder how he’d react if he found out that of those religious people, a significant percentage are self-described pagans.

  9. michaelfugate

    No one to chant “Were you there!”

    TomS – I have run across people who say just that “I’m not religious, I’m Christian”. They also often say that all churches and denominations are in error. It must be a very lonely place.

  10. Maybe I’ll move to Iceland. Sounds like a rational place to live, and in winter, you can watch the northern lights 20 hours/day!

  11. And there are those who say that they are religious, but don’t believe in any creed.

  12. Hambo knows his audience. Its shrinking but its still a nice source of revenue. As for the Icelanders. Living on an active volcanic island, on a mid oceanic ridge that is causing the spreading of the European and North American plates, it gets a bit difficult to rationalize a 6000 year old earth.
    It can be done, but it requires a certain, unwillingness to examine the world around you.
    Cheers Hambo! May the great designer shower you with the riches of the righteous….!

  13. Not only does Ham insult atheists by calling atheism a religion, but he also insults most Christians by claiming that not believing that Genesis is literally true is “falling away” from Christianity.

  14. Let me cynically reiterate the thesis of Hambo’s book “Already Gone”. If you don’t fill your kid’s heads with magical thinking and other absurdities while they are still impressionable, credulous, and haven’t yet developed adult skepticism they’ll never believe it. Yes that’s about right.

  15. The only reason the Hamster and his rodent friends keep peddling the fraud that atheism, or “naturalism,” is a religion is their political need to justify turning the First Amendment on its head to justify kicking eeeeee-volution out of the public schools. (They’re well on their way to abandoning the pretense that they don’t mind evolution being taught as long as its “weaknesses” are taught or creationism is given “equal time.” Now they’re pulling out the stops: they want to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Epperson v. Arkansas, which found outright anti-evolution laws unconstitutional.) Does anyone believe they really want both ideas kept out?

  16. And now, just to add insult to injury for poor ol’ Hambo, there’s this: Iceland Is Officially Worshiping Norse Gods Again.

  17. I like this: Ham mentioned his “co-authored” book Already Gone. Here’s a little something about who wrote it with him:

    More importantly, the group hired by Answers in Genesis to project attendance, America’s Research Group, has several conflicts of interest. The president of America’s Research Group is Britt Beemer, who is also a co-author with Ken Ham on the book Already Gone. Furthermore, research by Beemer and America’s Research Group is featured in Already Compromised, another book authored by Ken Ham. The Hunden Report contains the only non-biased attendance projections for the 2014 project.

  18. Well, here’s another article that Ham will not like:
    Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says