Ken Ham — A Call for Jihad?

We have become increasingly concerned by the militant language coming from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, who ceaselessly promotes himself as the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

The last time we mentioned this was Ken Ham the Warrior?, when we quoted several ominous things he previously wrote, about a “spiritual war raging,” and “every Christian must understand they are all soldiers in a battle,” and “atheists are becoming more aggressive as soldiers for the enemy,” and “God has an army of people that is becoming more and more engaged in the battle,” plus some new claims that “there’s a civil war happening in America against young earth creationism and that an atheistic view of evolution is permeating the world.”

Regarding all that incendiary language, we said:

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.

That was only two weeks ago. Now ol’ Hambo has just posted Help Us Start Something Big This Year. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

I believe the Lord has raised up organizations like Answers in Genesis to call the church back to the authority of the Word of God — which is in essence calling for a new reformation. Now it’s sad, but not surprising, that at the same time organizations like Answers in Genesis have impacted millions of people within and outside the church, opposing organizations are rising up (from within and without the church) to do war with those like AiG. This is not surprising but to be expected (based on Scripture) since we are truly in a spiritual battle for the hearts and minds of people.

Hambo clearly thinks he’s on a holy mission. He says:

Organizations such as Reasons to Believe (led by Hugh Ross), Solid Rock Lectures (Ken Wolgemuth et al.), and BioLogos have risen up in our day to attempt to get Christians, church leaders, and Christian institutions to accept evolutionary ideas/millions of years.

[…]

The BioLogos mission states, “BioLogos invites the church and the world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith as we present an evolutionary understanding of God’s creation.” They also state, “We affirm evolutionary creation, recognizing God as Creator of all life over billions of years.” This organization is significantly funded by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), which has given millions of dollars to organizations and colleges to promote evolutionary compromise.

[…]

Over the past few years JTF has given [list of recipients and the amounts they’ve received from Templeton].

[…]

On top of that, a plethora of books are now being published, mainly by academics, to try to infiltrate Christian academic institutions and churches with evolutionary compromise — and even attempts to reject a literal historical Adam! For instance [list of books].

That’s called freedom of expression. What does Hambo want to do about it? He tells us:

My heart is so burdened as I see this all round. We have to fight a war not only with the world, but also with much of the church! And there’s no doubt the enemy (Satan) is ramping up attacks on those who do take God at His Word beginning in Genesis. You can see why I believe we need a new reformation.

Hambo must be aware that the original Reformation wasn’t a peaceful affair. Wikipedia says: “The Reformation led to a series of religious wars that culminated in the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648), which devastated much of Germany, killing between 25% and 40% of its entire population.” They also say: “Witch trials became more common in areas where Protestants and Catholics contested the religious market.” Their article European wars of religion gives estimates of “the deaths of civilians from diseases, famine, etc., as well as deaths of soldiers in battle and possible massacres and genocide,” and the total is approximately 18 million.

After his call for a new reformation, Hambo says:

In fact, I believe we need to be nailing (symbolically, of course) Genesis chapters 1–11 on the doors of churches, Christian colleges, and other Christian institutions. In this era, the church has lost biblical authority particularly by compromising with Genesis, so that’s where we need to start in order to get the church back to biblical authority — beginning with Genesis.

Ah yes, “symbolically, of course.” Hambo ends his call for a new reformation with this:

As millions of people a year are being impacted through the various AiG outreaches, I urge you to help us continue and expand the enormous reach this ministry has — and pray God will raise up people to help bring this needed new reformation to our church.

What effect does this kind of talk have on Hambo’s drooling followers? Will they be content merely to support him financially as he wages spiritual war with his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), his Creation Museum, and his replica of Noah’s Ark?

Or will they be inspired by Hambo’s stridently militant words to take up their torches and pitchforks and do more? We don’t know where this will lead. It’s beyond question that at least some creationists are flat-out crazy. Hambo must be aware of the effect his words can have on them. So why is he talking like this?

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18 responses to “Ken Ham — A Call for Jihad?

  1. It’s called plausible deniability, and has been practiced by people as diverse as Henry II, Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and now Donald Trump. It’s absolutely nothing to do with them when their inflammatory words cause their crazed, drooling followers to commit violent or despicable acts.

  2. Given voices like the alt-right, Breitbart, Bannon, Trump, white supremacists, right-wing evangelicals, et. al, Ham is just jumping on the bandwagon with his alt-right rhetoric trying to build up support for his agenda. Religion (Ham’s of course) uber alles.

  3. Hamshallah!

  4. Yesterday, somebody called him out on one of the his FB postings about deleting dissenting (but still polite) posts. Old hambone actually replied by pointing out that one of the criteria they use for “filtering” (the alternative word for censoring!) posts was those that were considered “blasphemous”. Which is exactly what you would expect in a Theocracy!

  5. It’s encouraging that Ham feels so threatened. This means that more and more Christian churches are accepting science.

    It’s when Ham declares victory that we should worry.

  6. If he’s getting all nuts and his preposterous shipthing goes bankrupt, there may be a vacancy for an evangelical cartoonist.

  7. docbill1351

    Donations must be down.

  8. Ol’Hambo does not worry me too much. He likes his dough too much to start using violence.

    “What effect does this kind of talk have on Hambo’s drooling followers?”
    No doubt sooner or later some drooler will suit the action to Ol’Hambo’s words. Also no doubt Ol’Hambo will give an excellent imitation of Pontius Pilatus washing his hands.

  9. #docbill1351
    Yep.This isn’t a call to arms. It’s the precursor of a call to alms.

  10. When the world is closing in on you, there`s nothing like fire and brimstone. Then come the alternatives—-start killing, go insane or subside into a quivering heap. If cash is Kenny`s driving force, I`d go with the last.

  11. Charles Deetz ;)

    Creationists are getting less traction, no one cares. Hambo is doing the equivalent of jumping up and down and screaming like a toddler for attention. Or maybe he’s feeling the futility of having to conjour up a new excuse for god every week to match a new scientific discovery that disputes YEC thinking.

  12. @Charles Deetz

    Creationists are getting less traction, no one cares.

    I’m not so sure that’s true, alas. Last I heard, well over half the country reject evolution.

  13. Dave Luckett

    I wonder how closely this is linked to attendance at the Ark Park.

    I can’t find anything more recent than last September on actual attendance, and those reports conflict. I can find no record of attendance during the winter months, but you’d expect it to be thin. But the winter is now passing or passed, and there should be more coming in now.

    The Easter weekend might tell the story, but more likely Memorial Day. I’ve been wrong about popularity before now – I never thought that Trump had a chance, for example, and was flabbergasted when he won – but I suspect that if attendance does not pick up a long way, we might be seeing more desperate militancy in the Ham rhetoric.

    Indeed, I think Ham might be preparing his ejection seat. He is getting ready to elect himself as prophet of the coming Crusade. Obviously, he cannot be taken up with the details of running a single witness event, however truthful it might be. No, he will have larger concerns. He will therefore devote himself to holy war and hand all management (and financial control) of the Ark to other ministers.

    And if, as may be, these ministers are not as inspired as St. Ken is, nor as holy, and the Ark sinks into obscurity and expires under a mountain of debt, rather than on top of a real one, the Dear Leader will be grieved to the heart, but will bravely support his sorrow with the reflection that his personal income is completely insulated from it.

  14. @docbill.
    I agree. All I get from this is “Send me money, send me money”.

  15. Dave Luckett offers an inspiring vision, whereby Ham’s

    Ark sinks into obscurity and expires under a mountain of debt, rather than on top of a real one

    An inspiring prophecy! Hambo’s Ark, not stranded on Mt. Ararat, but entombed beneath Mt. Owesalot!

  16. Here is a recent story about someone getting kicked out of Ark Encounter.
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/03/06/ark-encounter-kicked-out-a-paying-customer-for-videotaping-the-exhibits-just-like-everyone-else/
    One of the comments states that Hambo himself say there have only been “few hundred during the day. Winter and shorter hours being the primary reason”
    If that’s the case then maybe winter should have a reduced price tag or the lure of free parking?
    The video shows an empty parking lot in the beginning. Stay tuned, but sounds like Hambo is bringing in fewer people than a gas station.

  17. For people like Ken Ham, the increased accessibility to education and the embrace of knowledge by more open-minded Christians, is nothing of the sort. Instead it is a calamity – a War that is being Lost (lost because not enough people, notably other Christians, listen to him). No wonder he is relieved that Hillary did not win the election (if you ignore the popular vote). The new US government fears a number of things – and education is one of their greatest fears.

  18. Let us pray that the net is taken over by its true purpose, advertising. God forbid that it does not become a medium for free information, let alone education.