You’re familiar with the way Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, is always saying that his religion is under attack from secular beliefs, which he like to label as competing religions.
In Hambo Says Evolution Is a Religion, we quoted him saying:
I urge Christians to become more vocal regarding calling evolution and millions of years what they really are (and to undo secularist brainwashing). Evolution and millions of years — concepts held to with ardor and blind faith — are a religion — and this religion is being imposed on kids.
And in Hambo Warns Against Blind Faith Religion we quoted him saying:
Atheism and secular humanism are religions — blind-faith beliefs.
Ol’ Hambo wants those “religions” excluded from government schools, or else he wants his religion included with them. So imagine his joy in writing this new post: Humanism Recognized as a Religion by US Government. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Whenever I post on Facebook or Twitter about atheism or secular humanism being religions, I am attacked by several atheists and other humanists who insist their beliefs aren’t religious ones. Of course, the fact that they feel the need to provide answers to religious questions such as “Is there a God?” or “What are good and evil?” shows that they are indeed religious. And now the United States Department of Defense has added humanism to its long list of recognized religions.
Humanism is a religion? We’ve never studied it, but Wikipedia informs us:
Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition. The meaning of the term humanism has fluctuated according to the successive intellectual movements which have identified with it. … Generally, however, humanism refers to a perspective that affirms some notion of human freedom and progress. In modern times, humanist movements are typically aligned with secularism, and today humanism typically refers to a non-theistic life stance centred on human agency and looking to science rather than revelation from a supernatural source to understand the world.
Gasp — humanists look to science rather than supernatural revelation! Hambo says:
The Department of Defense recently updated its list of recognized religions from just over 100 to 221 — including a formal recognition of humanism as religion.
We searched, but couldn’t find that at the Defense Department’s websites. Hambo links to this article from Religious News Service (RNS): Defense Department expands its list of recognized religions. That links to what appears to be their own archive of an announcement from the Assistant Secretary of Defense, which provides their official list of recognized religions. Although we can’t find it at a government website, it certainly looks like the real thing.
Quoting the RNS article, Hambo tells us:
Apparently the new designation “was lauded by humanist organizations, which have been pushing for full recognition, including their own chaplains, for 10 years.” The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers is “ready with ‘chaplain outreach’ to help train military chaplains in humanist beliefs and needs.”
We weren’t aware that humanists wanted military chaplains. Hambo continues:
Humanists are very inconsistent when it comes to their religious designation. They want the privileges that come with a religious designation (such as chaplains), but they don’t want the public perceiving them as religious because many humanist groups spend millions of dollars suing public school districts or counties to get rid of religion (mostly just Christianity). And what do they want taught in place of Christianity or a Christian worldview? Humanism! They are aggressively pushing to have their secular humanist religion imposed on generations of children — and they are using our taxpayer dollars to do this.
Using taxpayer dollars? That’s outrageous! Hambo would never dream of doing such a thing. Oh, wait — see Ken Ham’s Ark Will Get State Tax Funds. Let’s read on:
If humanists were honest, they would recognize the reality of their religious beliefs and would acknowledge that their religion is being taught, virtually unchallenged, to millions of public school students every day — and that’s wrong! These kids are being indoctrinated in a set of religious beliefs, paid for by taxpayers! Yet they’re supposedly fighting for kids not to be taught religious beliefs. In reality, they have brainwashed the nation’s leaders into passing legislation to protect the teaching of the secular humanist religion to America’s children.
The rest of Hambo’s post is some bible quotes, so we’ll stop here. But out of curiosity, we were wondering what else is on the Defense Department’s list of 221 religions, so we took a look. In addition to every denomination you can think of, we also noticed these: Heathen, Dianic Wicca, Druid, Deism, Gardnerian Wicca, Shaman, Seax Wicca, Pagan, Humanist, Wicca, Atheist, Agnostic, No Preference, and No Religion. Quite a list of religions! Evolution is missing, but presumably humanism is close enough to thrill Hambo.
What does it all mean? Nothing, unless you’re a Heathen, or Wiccan, or Deist, or (gasp!) No Religion solider. Then you can have your own chaplain. And Hambo imagines that it helps to prove his claim that evolution and all that other godless science should be purged from the schools.
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