Ken Ham — The Tweets Heard ‘Round the World

After reading this, dear reader, you’ll know two things: (1) Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) is the most influential intellect in the world; and (2) there’s a real shortage of news today.

This astonishing post just appeared at ol’ Hambo’s blog: Secularists Get Overly Emotional Over Their Religion! We don’t want to keep you waiting, so here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Yesterday I tweeted this:

[Hambo’s amazing tweet:] New Cosmos TV series shown in public schools uses tax dollars to basically tell students to worship the stars, imposing atheism on students

Wowie! There were probably headlines about that around the world! But what’s he talking about? Hambo explains:

And it’s true. Neil deGrasse Tyson does basically tell students to worship the sun/the stars. For instance he says in episode 8:

[Unverified quote, attributed to Tyson:] Our ancestors worshipped the sun. They were far from foolish. It makes good sense to revere the sun and stars because we are their children. The silicon in the rocks, the oxygen in the air, the carbon in our DNA, the iron in our skyscrapers, the silver in our jewelry — were all made in stars, billions of years ago. Our planet, our society, and we ourselves are stardust.

That certainly justified Hambo’s tweet. Only a hell-bound secularist would disagree. What happened next? Hambo says:

Well, as a result of my tweet, secular bloggers and others went rather ballistic — for instance, these sorts of headlines appeared: “Ken Ham is a Liar,” “Creationist Ken Ham Fears New Cosmos Series Will Create Pandemic of Reason and Critical Thinking,” “Ken Ham Disparages Schools Showing Cosmos in Class for ‘Imposing Atheism on Students.’”

Gasp! But it doesn’t matter. Those people are all headed for the Lake of Fire. Let’s read on:

Secularists for too long have been allowed to impose their anti-God religion of evolution/millions of years on generations of kids — and we are seeing the consequences in an increasingly secularized culture and large numbers of young people drifting from the church.

Yes! That evolution nonsense shouldn’t be allowed! We need laws to protect the children from those monstrous lies! And that’s not all. Hambo tweeted yet again — twice! This is what those glorious tweets said:

We need to call out programs like Cosmos for what they really are – indoctrinating people in an anti-God religion to underminine [sic] Christianity

Secularists don’t like being exposed for who they really are and what they’re really doing – imposing an anti-God religion on the culture

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Then the great man says:

You can follow me on Twitter. [Link in Hambo’s post.]

Fantastic! Now you can follow Hambo on Twitter and see all his tweets — as they occur! Isn’t that wonderful? Hey, wait — there’s even more from Hambo:

Oh, and I tweeted this morning:

We have a 1st amendment for free exercise of religion so Christians can use social media and secularists can choose not to follow them

What wisdom! What profundity! Your Curmudgeon is trembling! We’re overwhelmed!

He finishes by giving some links to earlier articles on Tyson’s series which were posted at the website of Hambo’s creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis. We wrote about those when they appeared, so we won’t bother with them here.

We have to end this now so we can calm down. Reading about Hambo’s tweets was more excitement than your Curmudgeon can endure.

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26 responses to “Ken Ham — The Tweets Heard ‘Round the World

  1. I’m pleased to tell Hambone that if anyone asks me to give a blessing, I say “I thank the star that died to make the iron in my haemoglobin”.

  2. Dave Luckett

    I’d like to think that this was a new development – that Ham has finally lost it completely. Alas, if he could have lost it any more than he did forty years or more ago, this tweet would not be evidence of it. This is simply more of the same old, same old.

    Ham’s a loony, and one of the chief characteristics of his lunacy is runaway authoritarianism. He cannot experience an opinion differing from his as anything other than an affront. His perceptions are simply servants to that end. So Ham can say, “Tyson does basically tell students to worship the sun/the stars”, even though it is palpably obvious that Tyson said no such thing.

    Being an extreme authoritarian, Ham cannot brook difference. Science is not simply the systematic study of nature by empirical means. It opposes Ken Ham, and is therefore an affront. And it denies certain of Ham’s religious ideas – ideas imposed by Ham alone, on Ham’s authority. Science is therefore an opposed religion.

    But this is all part of the Ham mind, and has been for all his adult life. There’s nothing new about his latest lunacy. He’s a loon. The world is full of them. That fact alone does not dismay me.

    What does dismay me is that Ham has been able to acquire what his lunacy demands. The world he lives in is the world he wants, the world of his delusions. He is paid an excellent living for trumpeting those delusions, with the aid of a sufficient and fawning entourage. He manipulates millions of dollars to make concrete his misconstructions of reality. He has State authorities doing his will. He has a whole internet to play with, and people – even our own dear Curmudgeon – who’ll repeat his every effusion of lunacy to the world.

    He should be one of those scrofulous street people, one of the walker-and-shouter variety. He should be a ne’er-do-well selling snake oil out of the back of a battered station wagon, one leery eye cocked for the law. He should be shilling certificates of title to the Brooklyn Bridge. What he purveys is worth every bit as much. Instead, he is where he is, doing what he does. He’s an authoritarian in paradise.

    Nobody can say that the Ham mind doesn’t work. Deluded, especially by the delusion of authority, subject to radically warped perceptions, incapable of recognising its inconsistency with reality, it still works. It has achieved what Ham wants.

    I don’t know how that is to be explained, but if there is an explanation, it appears to me to lie in one or both of two fields: one, other characteristics of that mind; two, characteristics of the real human society Ham inhabits. I suspect both.

  3. Ham is a liar, and he has a comprehension problem. In that quote, Tyson is explaining that ancient people worshipped the sun, and that having reverence (a synonym for “respect” Ken, not for religious worship) for the phenomenon that made our lives possible is a reasonable way to feel.

  4. The great Hambo’s biggest fear seems to center on the droves of young people who are waking up and leaving the fundie churches. This means, of course, reduced revenue for Hambo’s various carnival enterprises. Educated and aware young people are less likely to want to saddle up and ride a dinosaur than their hillbilly contemporaries who are Hambo ‘s base. I can easily see how an articulate visionary like Tyson, whose main interest is encouraging people to look up and take an interest in the real world, would cause hucksters like Hambo to quiver with fear. It simply gets harder and harder for Hambo and Co. to run their con. Hambo is used to lying to the pasty-faced, homeschooled dullard children of his drooling acolytes, and the only way he can deal with the students exposed to real science by the likes of Tyson is by lashing out with whiny tweets.
    Keep tweeting, Hambo! Your tweets are the songs of a desperate man tweeting in the intellectual grave yard of creationism.

  5. Dave Luckett said:
    “What does dismay me is that Ham has been able to acquire what his lunacy demands.”
    Because there are so many yahoos out there that believe in his drivel drives him onward. Even KY legislators and city officials buy into his nonsense and reward him. There were, are and always will be Ham characters in the world as well as Ham worshipers.

  6. RetiredSciGuy

    It’s hard to believe there are so many people willing to follow Ham. But then, look at how many people are voting for Donald Trump.

    Probably the same people.

  7. I think that Hamster would make an interesting case study in a psychology or psychiatry textbook.

  8. I disagree with Hambo and Tyson. Worshipping anything for any reason is stupid and foolish everywhere and at all times.

    Our ancestors were ignorant foolish filthy monkey men and women. I have no respect for them at all.

  9. What would motivate Tyson to wander into the loony crackpot world of Hambo and make statements like “it makes sense to revere the sun and stars”? That is just religious kookery.

    Stick to evidence based reality please Tyson. Don’t become another Ken Ham.

  10. It’s hard to believe there are so many people willing to follow Ham.

    I think many of those people follow Ham for the same reason people slow down to stare at a car wreck on the side of the road.

  11. Lately Ham has been going Full Hovind Mode, his donations must be way down and he’s throwing out as must red meat as possible for his followers.

  12. Molly Smuff expounded: “Our ancestors were ignorant foolish filthy monkey men and women. I have no respect for them at all.”

    Isaac Newton, one of our ancestors, said in a letter in 1676: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

    ‘Nuff said.

  13. Pope RetiredSciGuy considers

    It’s hard to believe there are so many people willing to follow Ham. But then, look at how many people are voting for Donald Trump.

    .

    As H.L.Mencken so admirably put it:

    “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

  14. On the subject of his 1st Amendment response – if the best defense you can make of something you say is that it’s not technically illegal, you probably need to come up with a better argument.

  15. That last comment comes with a hat-tip to XKCD who didn’t phrase it quite that way, but made a similar enough comment that they deserve acknowledgement.

  16. Great Claw, a little game I like to play in my mind sometimes is to fantasize about with whom I’d like to have dinner. . . and Mencken is one of them! No doubt he was one of the great wits of all time.

  17. Dave Luckett

    I’d invite him and Sam Clemens, seating them alternately with C S Lewis and G K Chesterton. And the ladies of the party would be Hirsa Ali, Dorothy Sayers, Ursula Le Guin and Edith Pargeter. That would make nine, with me. A suitable number. No more than the Muses, you know.

  18. I don’t think they had exactly that group, but Steve Allen’s “Meeting of Minds” show, would put together an interesting discussion group of dead people.

  19. Holding the Line in Florida

    The Hambone descends further and further into cultism and madness. If Jim Jones had the internet back in the day, it would sound a lot like this I suspect. I am waiting for the day when he urges his followers to come on board his Ark and settle in for the inevitable wrath of GOD as the heathen, atheistic, communist, child killing, homosexual loving, heading for the lake of fire, evilutionists, come storming the gates of righteousness, brandishing pitch-forks, torches, and scythes to wage unholy war against him!!! The election of Hillary will undoubtedly begin the tribulation and the Ark will be the place to be for the rapture! Hallelujah!

  20. Derek Freyberg

    How about recaptioning the post “Ken Ham – The Twit Heard ‘Round the World”?
    Even then, it’s probably not “heard ’round the world” – I doubt that most of the rest of the world pays much attention to the rantings of USAian creationist preachers (except perhaps for amusement and a sense of “thank *** we’re not like that”).

  21. Ham needs to grow a thicker skin. Anyone famous enough to have followers gets far worse tweets than Ham mentioned. In fact, those tweets were rather tame.

  22. Another example of Ham conflating evolution and atheism. Why does Ken Ham persecute Christians that accept evolution as both theory and fact?

  23. New Cosmos TV series shown in public schools uses tax dollars to basically tell students to worship the stars, imposing atheism on students. . . .

    And it’s true. Neil deGrasse Tyson does basically tell students to worship the sun/the stars. For instance he says in episode 8:

    [Unverified quote, attributed to Tyson:] Our ancestors worshipped the sun. They were far from foolish. It makes good sense to revere the sun and stars because we are their children. The silicon in the rocks, the oxygen in the air, the carbon in our DNA, the iron in our skyscrapers, the silver in our jewelry — were all made in stars, billions of years ago. Our planet, our society, and we ourselves are stardust.

    Pure creationism: conflating rhetoric with religion and (selectively) indifferent to the difference between metaphor and straight exposition. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: creationism is a scam. If it weren’t, its adherents wouldn’t need to keep trying to force schools to teach it, and its doctrines and arguments wouldn’t have to keep, ahem, evolving in response to repeated legal defeats.

  24. When was a scientific revolution (or any other revolution) expended a major effort in convincing K-12 students, rather than other scientists (or adults)? Maybe the right to vote should be extended to K-12 kids? (Come to think of it, how would the campaigns differ? Would the results be worse? I took at look at Wikipedia “Voting age” which tells me that several countries have a voting age of 16, and there are people who advocate no age restrictions.)