Ken Ham Adopts Another Discoveroid Doctrine

This is another example of the Great Creationist Coalescence (the GCC) of various creationist outfits. The last example was Ken Ham Featured at WorldNetDaily. Before that we wrote Ken Ham Adopts the Privileged Planet Doctrine.

Some mutuality among creationists is expected, because they’re all preaching from the same book. But WorldNetDaily positions itself as a news organization, and the Discovery Institute pretends that they promote science. However, there’s no pretense about Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s a flat-out biblical creationist. Nevertheless,ol’ Hambo has once again written favorably about a Discoveroid doctrine.

The Discoveroids often write about euthanasia, and we’ve never paid any attention. They claim that because “Darwinism” has infected our society, we’ve become a “culture of death.” For example, a while back they posted Assessing the “Logic” of Legalized Euthanasia. But now that Hambo’s on board, we’ll take a look.

At Hambo’s blog at the website of his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), he posted Euthanasia — a Logical Consequence of Naturalistic Evolutionary Thinking. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

We live in a society that increasingly devalues human life. Routinely the unborn are killed, often merely for convenience sake. Really, as a culture, we’re sacrificing our children to the god of self — no different from the ancient pagan cultures in the Bible. And it’s not just the unborn. Increasingly people of all ages are also being killed for convenience sake.

Yeah, it’s one big slaughterhouse around here —not at all like the good old days, before the development of science. Everyone was so nice back then! Why have we become so horrible? Hambo explains:

Euthanasia is actually a logical consequence of naturalistic evolutionary thinking. After all, if we’re all just animals that arose by natural processes, why not “help” the old, infirm, or ill die? It’s survival of the fittest (or whoever is deemed worthy to survive), right?

Right — it’s the Darwinian way. Kill ’em all! Well, not as ruthlessly as Yahweh during the Flood, but that was different. Hambo says those people deserved to be killed. Here’s the rest of it:

When we start with God’s Word, we see that euthanasia of a person is murder because it kills someone who is made in the image of God [scripture reference]. Our infinite Creator has given all human life value because we are image bearers of God. The biblical worldview upholds the value of human life from birth to natural death.

Well, dear reader, what do you think? Has Darwin turned us all into a bunch of killers? We discussed this long ago, in The Inevitability of Evolution (Part I), where we were talking about a creationist argument that our existence — like a specific shuffle of a deck of cards — is so improbable that it has to be a miracle. We said:

The point of the card-shuffle example is not that our particular biosphere isn’t unlikely, because it is. It’s just that whatever biosphere gets produced will be equally unlikely. Ours is no more unlikely than any other. If you went back to 4 billion years ago and started the whole thing all over again, you’d probably end up with a totally different mix of species, none of them exactly like what we have now. But this particular shuffle of the cards is ours. We’re unique. Never to be repeated. Irreplaceable. Priceless. This is why — contrary to the endlessly repeated claims of the creationists — the evolutionary point of view places a far higher value on humanity than one where we could be wiped out and started up again on a whim.

Anyway, like a giant amoeba, Hambo is engulfing everything in sight. The Great Creationist Coalescence continues.

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19 responses to “Ken Ham Adopts Another Discoveroid Doctrine

  1. Does he say where all these people of all ages are being killed? (Apparently for convenience, I mean.)

  2. Mary L asks: “Does he say where all these people of all ages are being killed? (Apparently for convenience, I mean.)”

    Probably in convenience stores.

  3. michaelfugate

    If Ham’s God valued life, then wouldn’t we expect science to have no influence on human life expectancy? From the Patheolithic until 1900, the life expectancy at birth was around 30, by 1950 it was near 50 and now is near 65. During any period if one made it to adulthood, 65 isn’t too bad of an estimate. So why was Ham’s God letting all those children die?

    Any way you look at it, Ham is full of it.

  4. Oh…you can’t mean it… SLURPEES ARE MADE OF PEOPLE!

  5. As we all have come to learn, the best way to combat the scourge that is euthansia is with giant landlocked boats filled with animatronics.

  6. Mary L fears: “SLURPEES ARE MADE OF PEOPLE!”

    I donno about those, but Slim Jims, oh yeah!

  7. “This is the dawning (okay, the yawning) of the Great Creationist Coalescence, Great Cre-” jesus christ, really people? We’ve have eight more syllables than we can have to make this satirical idea fit into a nonsense song form. Sure, there’s some “intelligent design!”

    Dammit all! I had the whole thing worked out where Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Iggy Azalea, and a host of other “artists” would be singing our Great Creationist song, and as the word “Coalescence” was drawn out, a scaffold holding the above mentioned singers would be lowered into a cgi-created lake of fire, as a super-imposed image of the famous 1970s illusionist Doug Henning–in his hippie spiritual splendor–could be heard to say “it’s all just an illuuuusion,” over and over, akin to “there’s no place like home…”

    And all of the sudden Tim Minchin wakes up from a nightmare, regains his bearings, only to be jarred to reality by a radio playin the infernal Ms. Azalea…but NOOO. Our Grand Poobah Curmy went all gaga with the syllables, and so much for that dream…

  8. But Hambone, don’t all those people toddle off to join the great sky fairy? I’m sure that’s why all those millions (or was 2 or 3) are lining up to croak.

  9. We live in a society that increasingly devalues human life. Routinely the unborn are killed, often merely for convenience sake. Really, as a culture, we’re sacrificing our children to the god of self — no different from the ancient pagan cultures in the Bible. And it’s not just the unborn. Increasingly people of all ages are also being killed for convenience sake.

    Unlike, say, the Thirty Years’ War, when Protestant and Catholic alike slaughtered fellow Christians—and of course Jews, by the trainload (except that there were no trains)—of all ages, even going so far as to stab pregnant women to kill their unborn children, all in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Or the conquest of the Americas, when native peoples were killed by the millions so Europeans (and later, white Americans) could take their land and everything on it and under it. Ah, those were the good old days.

    Or, for that matter, the slaughter of the Amalekites proudly chronicled in 1 Samuel 15:1-3.

  10. The biblical worldview upholds the value of human life from birth to natural death.

    I guess abortion is not a problem, then.

  11. :SC: “Some mutuality among creationists is expected, because they’re all preaching from the same book.”

    ~99% of your readers have a particular book in mind, and they’d be wrong. Certainly most American anti-evolution activists obsess over the Bible, and particularly the New Testament, even though it doesn’t say anything about “origins.” They love words and, especially if they’re in English (unlike the original Bible), and have that “ring” to them. BTW, is “evidences” in there? I know they like to use it a lot, even though scientists don’t.

    But many anti-evolution activists, and even some of the fans they have scammed, reject the NT, so they could conceivably be considered the “purest” creationists, because their book is their origins account. Then their are Discoveroids, who don’t take that origins account literally. Oh, some encourage taking it on faith despite no evidence, but others say that reading it like a science book is silly. But it’s not the book that “enlightens” them that there’s something wrong with evolution, and the behaviors they fear result from acceptance.

    No, the “book” they preach from is one that may exist privately, but has not been published, and probably will never be, because it would expose the scam. That’s the “bible” of radical, paranoid authoritarianism. Though an excerpt has been leaked. You know it as the Wedge document.

  12. Our Curmudgeon kindly supplies

    another example of the Great Creationist Coalescence (the GCC)

    Yes, GCC is an observable phenomenon–but, as christophercourington noted above, the phrase itself is rather a mouthful.

    Could we not accurately refer to it instead as Parallel Convolution?

  13. @Megalonyx:

    SC must work for the Navy, because it’s the acronym capital of the universe. As you see, I slavishly follow along, but I’m a lone warrior in that I only use acronyms if I define them up front, or if I’m sure that most readers know what they mean. Yet even I get caught off guard sometimes. More than once, an amateur anti-evolution activist (evolution-deniers who like to “debate” online), after parroting dozens of common anti-evolution sound bites, asked me what “YEC” stood for. Most likely they were just stalling to evade my question, but it’s possible that, in their zeal to memorize only what “feels good” they missed one of the most common acronyms in the “controversy.”

  14. OK, then let me humbly propose repurposing an existing acronym to better describe the phenomenon demonstrated in Curmy’s post:

    CSI: Convergent Stultifying Incoherence

  15. Megalonyx suggests: “repurposing an existing acronym to better describe the phenomenon demonstrated in Curmy’s post [the Great Creationist Coalescence]”

    How about using ID? In this case it would be Intermingled Drool.

  16. Megalonyx, CSI already stands for an organization that does much the same thing the Curmudgeon does, except over many fields and with less snark: Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. They’re the ones that publish *Skeptical Inquirer* magazine.

  17. P.S. The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry existed before CSI came to stand for Crime Scene Investigation.

  18. Egad! Complex Specified Information? Committee for Skeptical Inquiry?

    Chaps, we seem to have here a rampant case of Convergent Shortening Initiatives

  19. Charles Deetz ;)

    That someone would let another suffer (horribly) because of their interpretation of a book, rather than their compassion and rational realization that death is inevitable anyway, seems horrific and immoral. Imagine going thru that before the invention of morphine even. Makes Hambo sound inhumane.