They must be getting desperate for attendance at Ark Encounter, the latest creationist extravaganza brought forth by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). You have no doubt noticed that although they often mention large crowds, whatever that might mean, no ticket sales figures have yet been released. To us, the silence is a strong indicator that those figures are a colossal embarrassment.
At ol’ Hambo’s personal blog, he shows us his latest tactic to increase traffic: Public Schools Invited to Tour the Ark. Every sane reader immediately recognizes the problem with Hambo’s invitation. It’s no different than if a preacher invited the government-run, taxpayer-supported schools to bring their students to his church during the school day. Government institutions can’t do that in the US. But Hambo thinks he’s above the Constitution. He begins with this, and the bold font is in his post:
In an era when any hint of Christian expression in the public arena is aggressively challenged by secularists who instead want to impose their anti-God religion on the culture, we need to remind all Americans of their First Amendment right of freedom of expression. One major example of how this constitutional guarantee is being trampled upon occurs in almost all government-run schools where a phrase — not found in the Constitution — is applied: the so-called separation of church and state.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s true, that precise phrase isn’t in the Constitution. We’ve pointed out a few times before that “checks and balances” doesn’t appear in the text of the Constitution either, nor does “limited government,” or “federal republic,” or “popular sovereignty,” or many other phrases that are nevertheless routinely used to accurately describe the Constitution. So it is with “separation of church and state.”
When Hambo raised that same issue earlier, we wrote Ken Ham Unhinged: Creationism & Theocracy Too, in which we quoted letters from James Madison, the man who drafted the First Amendment, stating that the absolute separation of between ecclesiastical and civil authorities was the Amendment’s purpose. But Madison’s opinion is nothing compared to Hambo’s.
Okay, we’re off to a good start. Hambo knows as much about the US Constitution as he does about the geological and biological history of the Earth, and in this case his ark symbolizes his knowledge. Here are some additional excerpts from Hambo’s post, and from now on, the bold font was added by us for emphasis:
In our increasingly secularized world, public school teachers not only come under fire if they even suggest they may be creationists, but their job security can also be threatened even if they just point out the flaws with the evolutionary belief system. [Hee hee!] Moreover, given the irony that teachers are supposed to enjoy academic freedom, it’s the brave principal or school superintendent, facing possible threats of lawsuits from “civil liberties” groups, who will give a teacher the go-ahead nowadays to bring students to the Creation Museum and/or our new Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky.
Academic freedom, flaws in the theory of evolution — Hambo is sounding more like a Discoveroid every day. Let’s read on:
As such, field trips to the Creation Museum by public school groups have been rare. If secular groups happen to find out about even one school visit, they will go to the media with their bullying threats to intimidate school officials to stop such visits.
Bullying threats. That’s another common phrase of the Discoveroids. Hambo continues:
With this article, we want to remind educators in government-run schools of their constitutionally guaranteed rights as they fulfill their goal of presenting broad educational experiences for their students and, along the way, helping to develop the critical thinking skills of their pupils.
Anyone employed by a government-financed school system who takes advice from Hambo (instead of the school district’s lawyers) deserves whatever career catastrophes may result. Here’s more:
To help widen students’ education [Hee hee!], AiG is offering a special program to encourage public school classes to visit the Ark in Williamstown and be exposed to an exceptional and totally unique educational experience. If coming as a public school class, students pay only $1 each and their supervising public school teachers come free. The offer is good through the end of this year.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! In our humble opinion, the “educational experience” of such a visit isn’t worth two cents. Moving along:
[O]n the basis of the US Constitution, public schools are certainly free to take students on field trips (with appropriate parental permissions) to places like our museum and Ark, as long as the trip is for historical, recreational, or educational purposes. FFRF [Freedom From Religion Foundation] has no legal basis at all to intimidate government-run schools, as they are now attempting. In fact, such secular groups are violating students’ rights by their bullying — and they are also in violation of the First Amendment.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Reminding schools about their constitutional responsibilities is a violation of the First Amendment! Another excerpt:
The Ark and Creation Museum offer an excellent opportunity to give students the exposure to a different point of view that is largely censored from most public schools. No court ruling to our knowledge has determined that such educational outings to Christian venues are unlawful.
Hambo carefully limits his opinion to the subject of court rulings on “educational outings to Christian venues.” Even he must be aware of the problems inherent in dumping that kind of material on kids in the classroom. If not, perhaps he should learn something about the bizarre career of John Freshwater. As for off-campus activities during school hours, Alabama tried to make that stuff legal, but even in that state the proposed law didn’t get passed — see Alabama’s 2012 Creationism Bill: It’s Dead. One more excerpt:
Americans, whether Christians or not, should not allow groups like the FFRF to bully schools into accepting their twisted view of what is constitutional and what is not.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Be assured, dear reader, that ol’ Hambo would never give anyone a “twisted view” of anything. If you doubt that, just visit his Creation Museum.
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