Ken Ham: Bathrooms and the Bible

The subject of bathrooms — specifically who can legally use them — is very much in the news. An example is found in the Washington Post: Debate over North Carolina ‘bathroom law’ flares in GOP race. There are over 300 comments so far. One brief excerpt from the news story should be sufficient:

A debate over a North Carolina law that rolled back protections for gay and transgender people roiled the Republican presidential race Thursday, with front-runner Donald Trump criticizing the measure as bad for business and Ted Cruz defending it as something that will protect young girls. The North Carolina law has been dubbed the “bathroom bill” and now “bathroom law” because it mandates that people use the restroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. It sparked a major backlash from LGBT groups and businesses, including PayPal and Deutsche Bank, which both scrapped plans to create jobs in the state.

We’ve ignored the issue because it doesn’t interest us. When your Curmudgeon entered kindergarten, one of the things our class was taught on the first day was which bathroom to use, and we’ve never had any reason to revisit the issue. However, it seems that matters have developed to the point where we can no longer ignore it. Why?

Because the question has been addressed by 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 not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.

Ol’ Hambo’s new post is Target’s Bathroom Policy Is Against God’s Word. It’s blessedly brief. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

You may have heard in the news that Target department stores are welcoming “guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

No, we haven’t heard about it before. What does Hambo think of it? We imagine he’s red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around chewing the carpet. He says:

Of course, this policy is against the teachings of God’s Word. Here is a list of Scriptures that I think Target needs to consider:

Wow — the bible tells us which bathroom to use! We usually omit Hambo’s scripture quotes, but because we were previously unaware of the bible’s teachings about bathrooms, we’ll present Hambo’s quotes in full:

Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female”? (Matthew 19:4)

But from the beginning of the creation, God “made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6)

God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27–28)

Does that clarify things for you, dear reader? No? Don’t give up. Hambo continues:

Target officials also need to read that God “created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created” (Genesis 5:2). At the same time, the Bible teaches that because of the Fall, humans aren’t inherently good: “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Now are you convinced? Not yet? Here’s one more excerpt:

Target stores are going against the obvious natural order of things, as Romans 1 makes clear: humans were created male and female.

Hambo then refers us to an older AIG article about transgender identity from the biblical worldview. If you care to read it, you can click over to Hambo’s post where he provides a link. Your Curmudgeon doesn’t need any more persuading. We plan to avoid Target stores. Based on what Hambo says, they’re all about to be struck by lightning — or maybe worse.

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17 responses to “Ken Ham: Bathrooms and the Bible

  1. What Ken wants and needs is some way to control restroom use and verify the right people are entering restrooms. There’s only one way to do that: cameras.

    I can’t believe you missed the obvious connection!

  2. Let’s not forget the ark. There was clearly a men’s and a woman’s bathroom on the ark. To be sure, in Ham’s recreation of this imaginary ark there will be separate, and clearly marked, men’s and women’s bathrooms, just as in the “original.”

  3. Mark Germano says: “I can’t believe you missed the obvious connection!”

    Cameras won’t be sufficient, because by the time the sinner is captured in a video, the evil will have occurred. What’s really needed is properly-motivated people stationed at the entrance to each bathroom. They can be called the “Gender Verification Corps.”

  4. For me, the best way to understand AiG is through their writings, and this little post by them is a good example: Pure, unadulterated insanity. Nothing more. Nothing less. Insanity from the first sentence to the last.

  5. It seems clear that in Ham-land [and every similar bat-s*** crazy place], everyone will have to carry a copy of their birth certificate before entering the bathroom.

  6. I love how transgenders manage to make fundamentalists feel all icky all over. Their tiny little brains go on overload with this subject matter.

  7. Derek Freyberg

    Regrettably, it’s not just “Pure undaulterated insanity. Nothing more. Nothing less.” It is far more than pure unadulterated insanity, it’s a wish to impose that insanity on all of us, even the sane ones.

  8. Mandatory Pre-Potty Prayer is the only solution. I suggest a convenient water fall themed shrine be placed within 100′ of every washroom entrance. Who is ever in a hurry when they head to the washroom anyway?

    3P is the freakin future!

  9. The one clear statement in the Bible is in Deuteronomy 23:12-14, which tells us that indoor plumbing is forbidden.

  10. michaelfugate

    They should have gone before they left home. Listen to your mother.

  11. My apologies for double posting.

    @Derek Freyberg

    Are we not witnessing the opening shots between the two extreme ends of our main political ideologies? Both ends of the spectrum are equally extreme and bring nothing to table. Both are arguably trying to restrict and reduce personal freedoms regardless of the noble causes they claim to be rallying around.

    I would hope that any law that implies “Just make it happen” would be resisted and held up to close scrutiny.

  12. I just went to NC earlier this week for a conference. Unfortunately I had to miss the conference. When I landed, I realized I had forgotten my birth certificate and desperately needed to use the bathroom! Since I cannot go even an entire day with whizzing, I had to get right back on a plane and return home. I’ve never been so grateful to squeeze into a tiny airplane unisex toilet in my entire life!

    Interesting observation on Hambo’s part. Does he not realize that the first “bathroom” was the great outdoors and everyone had to use the same open air bathroom? Good thing God created the toilet and separate gender bathrooms so that “enlightened”, judgmental men and women could discriminate against and throw stones at other God-created individuals!

  13. Perhaps God did a good job of creating men and women, but sometimes he just put them in the wrong bodies.

    Unfortunately Ham doesn’t include the context of his quotes, which I am sure would have clearly stated that the writer was referring to the use of bathrooms.

  14. TomS says: “The one clear statement in the Bible is in Deuteronomy 23:12-14”

    I haven’t checked, but there must be bathroom information in the Gospel of John.

  15. A clear statement in the Bible about how to deal with others is Matthew 7:12.

    Luke 6:37 is also applicable, as is Galatians 5:14.

  16. michaelfugate

    How about the Gospel of Loo(ke)?

  17. Let’s not forget the ark. There was clearly a men’s and a woman’s bathroom on the ark. To be sure, in Ham’s recreation of this imaginary ark there will be separate, and clearly marked, men’s and women’s bathrooms, just as in the “original.”

    Actually, shudder there probably wouldn’t have been any bathrooms on the Ark, since they’re a fairly modern invention. Human and animal wastes, tons per day, would simply have been thrown out of the Ark into the raging waters, presumably by whichever member of the seven-man crew drew the short straw each day. Or–but surely not!–they’d simply have been left where they lay. In that case, Noah would have had to burn the Ark as soon as it landed and his human and animal companions had fled from it gasping in relief, making future expeditions to find the magic boat futile.