Ken Ham Is Thrilled about Military Religion List

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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11 responses to “Ken Ham Is Thrilled about Military Religion List

  1. It’s about time. I think I drove past an Agnostic church last week, but I’m not sure.

  2. secmilchap

    About 2010 Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF) had a chart on their WebSite showing the blatant contrast between percentage of servicemembers’ beliefs and percentage of FunnyMentalists in Chaplains’ Corps. The Evangelicals are slopping at the public trough just like Hambo is for his ArkPark subsidies. When I enlisted Navy in 1960, I was ‘allowed’ to be listed as PROT on dogtags when I professed NONE. When commissioned, I was allowed to have NONE on dogtags, but MAAF or MRFF pointed out in a report some years later that commands reported us as PROTs if we’d said we were NONEs. Sorta like religious gerrymandering?

  3. WELL ! If the Department of Defense says so, it MUST be true! Except I couldn’t find humanism on the list at the link SC provided. Hmmm. Hambo wouldn’t lie or fail to check the facts right? NOT.

  4. Does this mean that research labs are now tax exempt as churches?

  5. Dave Luckett

    The main concern of military chaplains is in fact what religions often refer to as pastoral care, and it’s a valuable function. Chaplains function as a sounding board, a go-between, an advocate, and an adviser in purely service matters. They deliver aid, visit families, listen, pull strings, act as a channel into officer country, observe morale, counsel.

    That’s why humanists and the generally non-religious need and should have chaplains, without a religious function. Anyway, military chaplains have often to work outside their own religion or denomination. My father was one. Although Presbyterian, he was entrusted with a small vial of holy oil to anoint Catholics in extremis, and could assure the penitent that having made a good confession, he was in a state of grace. He also sang a pretty fair Kaddish, if he said so himself. He also remarked that it was a job in which you soon got the priggishness knocked out of you. I have little doubt that the same is the case in the US services.

    Ham thinks every belief system, and all philosophy, is a religion. His is a mind that simply cannot conceive any other way of thinking about anything. The only concepts that exist in the Ham mind are assertions from authority. The only authorities are the ones he recognises. On his record, it is plain that he really only recognises himself, his own assertions, made on his own authority. A curious form of solipsism, is Ken Ham’s.

  6. Ross Cameron

    Following on from Dave—-You see, when you`ve got a delusion, you think everyone else has a delusion. When you suspect you might be wrong in your beliefs, you counter it by believing everyone else is wrong in their beliefs—-only wronger. 🙂

  7. Ceteris Paribus

    Hambo says: “Humanists are very inconsistent when it comes to their religious designation.”

    Yes, I suspect they may be, since one facet of “Humanism” is the tenant that each person is recognized as an individual, unique, being.

    That contrasts sharply with Hambo’s philosophy(?) which provides that there are merely some 41,000 Christian sects to choose from. And then Hambo would still disparage most of them as infidels or blasphemers.

  8. A little thought experiment, but first an anecdote. My brother photographed some graffiti on the chemistry building at his university that proclaimed: “Chem is God!”
    So if according to Ken Ham if someone were to decide that chemistry answers all of life’s questions so much so that they wanted to adopt it as their religion (and even have the Dept. of Defense allow them to get a chaplain) should chemistry no longer be allowed as a valid school subject because it is now a religion?
    Just because someone adopts humanism or atheism as their religion, this remains a personal outlook (yet retains all the perks of being in a religion). It doesn’t mean they lose their objectively non-religious definitions. (And yes it does mean that non-religious get to have their cake and eat it too.)

  9. secmilchap

    Last I saw, Navy was still stonewalling a well-degreed religious scholar from obtaining a commission as a Humanist Chaplain. When I was AcDu afloat and ashore, I was aided in helping sailors I supervised by excellent and practical Catholic and Episcopal Chaplains. In later years, I saw more and more gripes about Evangelical Chaplains starting a counseling session with “You need to accept Jesus as your personal savior.” (or words to that effect). That motivated me to seek training and certification as a Humanist Chaplain after retirement. VA has welcomed me in their Respite Care Program, but I have not found a way (yet) to get “official recognition” from them.

  10. Kosh, you might well have driven past an agnostic church. It probably went by the name “Unitarian.”

    Garrison Keillor warned people to be diplomatic in dealing with them. If you make them angry, they will come over and burn a question mark on your lawn.

  11. Was it Bertrand Russell who said that Unitarians believe in “at most one god”?