This is disturbing, but there’s nothing to be done about it. Take a look at this recent post from from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s titled Gear up for the Coming School Year with Answers Education Online. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Our children are growing up in a world that is increasingly hostile to the message that the Bible is authoritative in all areas — including morality, theology, history, and science. They need to be equipped with answers to defend the faith, the gospel, and the authority of God’s Word, especially as they finish high school and plan for higher education. Well, with one of our Answers Education Online [link omitted] classes, you can bring some of AiG’s best resources into your home for your high school student.
These online classes equip your young person to think biblically and defend the truth of God’s Word. Classes focus on topics such as
• the authority of Scripture
• the creation/evolution debate
• how science confirms the truth of Scripture
• a biblical worldview
• sharing the gospel with boldness and love
Here’s what disturbs your Curmudgeon. There are undoubtedly thousands — probably millions — of drooling parents who will take advantage of the opportunity to expose their children to Hambo’s material. Kids raised on that stuff will grow up to be idiots — the kind who write those letters-to-the-editor that we find so incredibly doltish.
In the US, the Food and Drug Administration enforces laws about selling harmful or worthless products. But because of Constitutional limitations, there are no laws prohibiting the sale of false or worthless “educational” material. The promoters of such things are protected by the freedom speech and freedom of religion, so they can peddle any intellectual snake oil they can produce — without even a warning label.
Let’s get back to Hambo’s post. He says:
Summer would be a great time in particular for students to keep their mind sharp with this self-paced course and be prepared to take on the challenges of a new academic year when summer vacation ends. In the near future, we’ll offer specialized classes looking at creation apologetics and the Bible, biology, geology, and astronomy.
Imagine what a concentrated exposure to such material does to a child’s mind. Creepy, isn’t it? Hambo continues:
But these courses aren’t just for high schoolers. They are a great resource for any believer who wants to be equipped with answers. We’ve found that pastors, Sunday school teachers, public and Christian schoolteachers, and parents benefit from the solid answers they can pass along to their congregation, class, or family. Perhaps consider taking one or more of these courses with your high schooler — you’ll receive 20% off enrollment when you sign up other family members from the same household.
Okay, that’s enough. Hambo provides links to where one can obtain more information about his materials. Go ahead and explore his creationist wonderland, if you like.
Your Curmudgeon is a strong supporter of the Constitution, and of all the freedoms it protects. Therefore, albeit reluctantly, we support Hambo’s freedom to peddle his creationist material. But it’s wrong to warp the minds of children. It will make them intellectual cripples. Nevertheless, if that’s what parents want to do, they’re free to do it. This is probably why the US is not only the freest country in the world, it also has a population with one of the highest percentages of creationists in the world — see NCSE’s Polling creationism and evolution around the world. They say, with our bold font:
The “evolutionist” view was most popular in Sweden (68%), Germany (65%), and China (64%), with the United States ranking 18th (28%), between Mexico (34%) and Russia (26%); the “creationist” view was most popular in Saudi Arabia (75%), Turkey (60%), and Indonesia (57%), with the United States ranking 6th (40%), between Brazil (47%) and Russia (34%).
So there you are. Some of the countries that are even more creationist than the US aren’t what we would call models of freedom, but in the US, freedom and creationism go hand in hand. Unsettling, isn’t it? Well, we’re free too, so we just have to try harder.
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