Ken Ham the Warrior?

We know that the Discovery Institute are Enemies of the Enlightenment, but they wage their campaign in courtrooms and in legislative chambers. They’re misguided, but at least their behavior is conventional.

It could be different in the case of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. He ceaselessly promotes himself as the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

Sometimes it seems to us that Hambo considers himself to be more than a successful entrepreneur, with his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), his mind-boggling Creation Museum, and his replica of Noah’s Ark.

In Ken Ham Is Engaged in a War we quoted him saying:

I must admit that sometimes I wonder if the average churchgoer really understands that there is a spiritual war raging around him — in his home, church, school — well, everywhere! The New Testament contains a lot of war terminology.


It seems to me that many Christians are virtually asleep while a battle rages all around them. They go to church, send their kids to school, and come home and watch TV or whatever they like to do — all seemingly oblivious to a shocking and destructive war that is capturing many of their kids and grandkids for the enemy and is destroying the culture.


I am burdened by the thought that every Christian must understand they are all soldiers in a battle — and they all need to be at the front line and equipped to engage the enemy, who is set to drag them down and capture the coming generations of children.


And atheists are becoming more aggressive as soldiers for the enemy, out to capture the hearts and minds of children. The casualties are huge.


I praise God for the advances that many believers are making on various battlefronts as a result of the Lord using AiG to be a part of equipping them for this war. We are thrilled that despite the lethargy of many Christians, God has an army of people that is becoming more and more engaged in the battle — and we are raising up “soldiers” to teach and equip their children.

About which we said:

Now look — it’s one thing to run a circus side-show or a creation museum to entertain the rubes. But it’s quite another when the proprietor starts ranting in military terms about how he is God’s instrument in a battle against the forces of evil. Are we wrong to be concerned?

Perhaps we’re taking Hambo’s words too literally, and there’s really no cause for alarm. Maybe what we see as deeply disturbing language is merely Hambo’s style and his way of raising money. That could be it. But if there’s more going on, if Hambo truly thinks he’s been chosen to lead God’s army against the forces of evil, then he may be standing on the brink of full-blown, out-of-control madness. We hope we’re wrong. If we’re not, things could get messy.

Well, ol’ Hambo seems to be beating the war drum again in a story we found at the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website.” They don’t have a comments feature. Their headline is Ken Ham Says There’s a Civil War Between Creationism, Atheistic Evolution. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Creationist Ken Ham says there’s a civil war happening in America against young earth creationism and that an atheistic view of evolution is permeating the world.

“Civil war” — not “disagreement” or “debate”. It’s an interesting choice of words. Then we’re told:

Ham recently hosted the premiere screening of the upcoming film “Is Genesis History?” at The Creation Museum and wants to reinforce the film’s message to the public. The film makes the case for creation in six literal days and presents evidence that support the accounts in the book of Genesis.

[*Groan*] We discussed that film in A Bold New Creationist ‘Documentary’. After that the Christian Post quotes ol’ Hambo again:

“What you believe about where you came from affects your whole worldview,” Ham said. “If there’s a God who created us then He owns us, then He has a right to set the rules to tell us what is right and what is wrong.”

In other words, we need a theocracy. And who is more qualified to be ruler of the world than ol’ Hambo? The article continues:

The battle has already begun in America, he argued. “Look at what we see happening, there’s really a civil war going on! It’s a civil war because we now have generations that have come through that atheistic education system,” Ham said. “The consequence of that is [things are] becoming consistent with their worldview of ‘we are our own God.’ That’s really what’s happening! Moral relativism is permeating the culture.” The Australian-born Christian fundamentalist said that people who come out of a system that believes “there is no God” have no one who determines right from wrong.

That’s so sad, when we have Hambo who can make that determination for us. Let’s read on:

The 65-year-old went on to say that as you stand back and look at the world, especially the Western world, you see that everything has become increasingly secularized with a constant rebellion against Christian doctrine and morality. “I believe we’re living in what I would call a post evolution culture,” he stated.

The rest of the article is about the ‘documentary’ and we won’t bother with that. The key point, we think, is that Hambo appears to think that we’re in the middle of an actual war, and his side is losing. Something must be done!

Or, as we wondered before, are we wrong to be concerned about Hambo’s military style of expressing himself? Perhaps it’s just his charming personality, and his drooling followers would never dream of picking up their torches and pitchforks to battle with the godless scientists. We don’t know what’s going on in Hambo’s mind or the minds of his followers. But we prefer freedom to theocracy, so we’re worried about ol’ Hambo. It could be that he’s serious.

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23 responses to “Ken Ham the Warrior?

  1. Gosh, “The New Testament contains a lot of war terminology.” Hey, the OT does, too. I wonder if those were all metaphors like Ham’s “war?” Or, gosh, were their actual wars, with people getting killed and everything?

  2. But only wicked ones were dying. So it’s ok. Please ignore the killing of all the men and saving only the virgin women. Nothing to see here.

  3. If there’s a God who created us then He owns us, then He has a right to set the rules to tell us what is right and what is wrong.
    … and what is truth-telling and what is lying?

  4. Eddie Janssen

    Savanorola in Florence, Calvin in Geneva, Akhenaten in Amarna. Many religious leaders want to become wordly leaders and completely and totally control their flock. Add the pope (in the early history) of the Catholic Church, (maybe Cromwell?).
    And finally Ken Ham.

    ps Akhenaten was the other way round

  5. Eddie Janssen

    NASA announcement:
    A new ‘solar system’ at I believe 40 lightyears from earth with seven planets, three earthlike in Goldilock’s zone
    The instrument used was Trappist, used by Belgian astronomers. How fitting…

  6. If there’s a God who created us then He owns us, then He has a right to set the rules to tell us what is right and what is wrong.
    BTW, there is a paradox in this statement. The Euthyphro dilemma.
    We are told that because God created us, he has a right.
    That is, that God is subject to law which gives him a right, a law which says that whoever creates something has a right over that thing.

  7. Michael Fugate

    If there’s a God who created us then He owns us, then He has a right to set the rules to tell us what is right and what is wrong.

    Kenny’s authoritarian nature comes through again – I am sure he feels the same way about his offspring. Can one imagine what it must have been like growing under Ham’s thumb?

  8. Holding the Line in Florida

    Always said that Hambo is a total whack job of the Jim Jones variety. Just give him some more time. I am waiting for the day when Hamtown or perhaps Kenton opens for business. Perhaps he will run for mayor of the Hamlet, (pun intended) near by and create his own utopia. Sort of like a Shaker thing. Been done before. When people really believe that they are the chosen one, then rules don’t apply to them anymore and they act thusly until reality in the form of brute force arrives to set them straight.

  9. @Michael Fugate
    The overriding law of morality: he who makes us owns us and he who owns us gets to set the rules.
    And how many people see nothing troubling with that?

  10. Michael Fugate

    This just in from CPAC – a panel discussion
    If Heaven Has a Gate, A Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can’t America?
    • Moderator: Rep. Bob Beauprez (CO-10)
    • Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-5)
    • Rep. Ken Buck (CO-4)
    • Mike Gonzales, The Heritage Foundation
    • Helen Krieble, Vernon K. Krieble Foundation

    Maybe because Heaven is fictional?

  11. It’s interesting that during this period in which America has become increasingly secular, crime rates have also come down, murder in particular has decreased, equal rights have been extended to previously marginalized groups, women have seen increasing parity at work and, through title 9, in sports, and the list goes on. A lot still to do, but the trend is there.

    It’s a good thing the secularists are winning.

  12. Ol` Kenny (Aussies gift to the world-sorry about that) longs for the days of the Inquisition, but is too gutless to make a move. Since he is on such close terms with the Big Guy, perhaps he could ask for a cure for god-created cancer?

  13. @Ed
    How many people do not see what you mention as unalloyed progress?
    BTW, there is also progress in medicine. How many mothers worried through polio epidemics, and measles, smallpox, etc., etc., etc.

  14. It’s never a good thing when a religion sees its ideological struggle as a military one. In Ken Ham’s ideal world, would he be able to round up non-creationists and imprison or execute them? His rhetoric suggests the answer is “yes”.

  15. I think we have enough “wars and rumours of wars” without Ham adding his two bits worth. For a war, you need either the government of a nation-state, or some significant group of people, either of which wants to fight one. Here we have neither the one nor the other.

    Once upon a time in the west, there were religious leaders who could preach, and get, a Crusade. That time is gone. Ham would like to move back to it, because Ham is a ripe fruitloop, but nobody with a marginal ability to discern reality will follow. There’s a scattering of loons that reach that standard of dementia, but nothing in the nature of an army. Ham’s description of his following is as risible as his other fantasies.

    What does Ham do, after all? SC describes it – he runs a couple of carny shows and shills words on the internet. That’s it. That’s all of it. There is nothing more to it. Savonarola he’s not, much as he’d like to be. Savonarola actually ran a city-state. Pope Urban II he’s not. He spoke, and rulers listened. Calvin he’s not. Calvin could actually reason.

    The latest I find on the internet about the Ark Park indicates that it’s on track to fail. Attendance is steadily falling. Ham has overreached. I wonder how much of his military rhetoric is caused by a feeling of impending disaster?

  16. Talking about “Is Genesis History?” Seems IDiot and YEC Paul Nelson isn’t happy. Do you think the other IDiots had a go at him for not towing the Discovery Institute line, after appearing in what is an obviously YEC film?

  17. I’ve been worried by his rhetoric of late too. His posts border on hate speech, and they are quite repetitive. We should send his ass home to Australia if he can’t abide by the oath he swore when he came aboard (I’m assuming he’s now a naturalized citizen). At the very least he should be locked up for sedition, or for trying to undermine science education.

    He is a criminal in my mind.

  18. Here we part brass rags, Kosh. I, too, believe Ham to be a liar and a phony, a con-man with a fraudulent agenda, a deliberate purveyor of disinformation, an authoritarian theocrat, thoroughly despicable, deplorable and loathsome. I can readily understand deporting him as an undesirable alien, if he is still an alien, and not a naturalised US citizen.

    But I know of no utterance of his that constitutes subversion against the State, or incitement to violence against any person or lawful institution. Outside those very limited and specific parameters, “hate speech” has no legal standing whatsoever, nor should it ever, and I would spend my last breath to speak against it ever having such standing.

    Ham may actually be a criminal; I understand fraudulent misrepresentation to secure a tax advantage is a crime, and I believe that evidence exists that Ham is guilty of that. But whether or not he is guilty in your mind or mine is immaterial. He is not guilty of any offence until convicted of it by a jury in a court of law.

    Free speech consists precisely of the right to say things that you or I find offensive and appalling and just plain wrong. The day it doesn’t apply to some things is the day it doesn’t apply. And that principle is far more important than preventing the existence or success of a cultural blowfly like Ham.

  19. A lot of fancy words, Dave Luckett, when you could have simply said, “no, we don’t want him back. You keep him.” 🙂

  20. No, we don’t want him back. Short of compulsion, he’s not going back, because the pickings are rich in Kentucky. Here, he’d be a small-time hustler in some industrial unit somewhere. There, he’s a player.

    But whose fault is that?

  21. Creationist Ken Ham says there’s a civil war happening in America against young earth creationism and that an atheistic view of evolution is permeating the world.

    Pity the poor old-earth creationists, stuck in the middle: ignored or ridiculed by “atheistic” evolution accepters and either ignored or damned as heretics by the young-earthers.

  22. eh, true. My favorite part is that even He and Kent Hovind (also YEC) can’t agree on the apologetics.

  23. Somewhat like the agnostic atheist, the person who knows of no reason for believing in God, and accordingly doesn’t believe, but refuses to say “There is no God”, because he doesn’t know that, either.

    I have found myself in another place pretty much on trial for my non-faith before an inquisition of hard-line atheists who would have been a credit to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had the boot (or the shoes of the fisherman) been on the opposite foot.