Ken Ham: A Tale of Two Museums

Our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass,” thought this was a particularly noteworthy post from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. The title is Two Museums, Two Science Programs, and Two Worldviews. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The ability to study God’s creation — a rational universe we can make sense of — and do science is a great gift from our Creator. Science should move us to praise and glorify him. But, sadly, many worship the created creatures rather than their Creator. And many children are indoctrinated in government schools to think this way, instead of being encouraged to look to God’s Word, use that as the basis for science, and then do good science for God’s glory.

Wow! How can we use science to make sense of Hambo’s miracle-filled universe, the one described in Genesis? Perhaps he’ll explain that as we move along. Meanwhile, he says:

Jennifer Rivera, the Creation Museum’s education specialist … wrote about an upcoming science program for children at the Cincinnati Museum Center (about 20 miles from our museum). She contrasted it with the Explore days at the Creation Museum. She writes,

[Hambo quotes Jennifer:] This winter, two local museums in the Cincinnati area are providing science programs for children. Parents have the option of enrolling their children in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Program on Wheels entitled “Evolution of Diversity” or the Creation Museum’s “Explore: Forensics.” As a parent, consider which program would engage your child in learning science from a biblical worldview and teach them the truth of God’s Word.

That’s a big decision for parents to make. Hambo tells us:

The Cincinnati Museum Center’s Evolution of Diversity program will “explore a timeline of major species evolution and extinction events.” During this hands-on workshop, children will supposedly be captivated by the evolutionary dioramas and fossil specimens, designed to convince them these faulty, man-made ideas are in fact true. Sadly, this is another example of indoctrinating children, with the use of visually alluring materials, into believing that everything came into existence through random processes over eons of time. If these children are just animals and the result of random accidents, then they have no purpose, no hope in life, and no basis for right and wrong.

Oh, how horrible! He continues:

Children leave these workshops convinced that the process of evolution is scientific fact, but this is not the case. Evolutionary processes have never been observed and are solely based on man’s faulty assumptions about the past and misinterpretations of the fossil record and other scientific evidence. Ultimately, evolutionary scientists are relying on blind faith when making their interpretations.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There’s no blind faith involved at Hambo’s Creation Museum. He explains why:

In contrast, the biblical account of creation has been directly observed by the perfect eyewitness, Jesus Christ, who provides us with an accurate description of these events in Genesis. Beginning with the Genesis record and the timeline provided in the Bible, creation scientists are able to make intelligent, reasonable scientific predictions with logical conclusions. What we observe in the world is completely consistent with God’s Word! And by starting with God’s Word, children recognize their value and purpose within God’s creation. At the Creation Museum, children are taught real science through a biblical lens.

Yes, Hambo’s museum is based on real science! One more excerpt:

We are not ashamed to stand on the authority of God’s Word and present hands-on science activities with the Bible as our starting point. Our educational programs are designed to provide solid observational science interwoven with biblical truth.

The rest of Hambo’s post is about the wonders to be found at his museum. You can read that for yourself if you like.

And so, dear reader, you have a choice to make. Will you take your children to that godless Cincinnati Museum and expose them to evolution? Or will you take them to Hambo’s museum, where they can learn The Truth?

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24 responses to “Ken Ham: A Tale of Two Museums

  1. Derek Freyberg

    “Parents have the option of enrolling their children in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Program on Wheels entitled “Evolution of Diversity” or the Creation Museum’s “Explore: Forensics.” As a parent, consider which program would engage your child in learning science from a biblical worldview and teach them the truth of God’s Word.”
    That’s not hard to answer – clearly the Creation Museum.
    But surely that’s not the real issue, much as AiG would like you to think it is. Rewrite the sentence a little more even-handedly: “As a parent, consider which program would engage your child in learning science, and which would teach them the truth of God’s Word.”
    Then the question becomes “Do you want your child to learn science or do you want it to ignore science in favor of Young Earth Creationism?”
    Well?

  2. Holding The Line In Florida

    Put on the hip waders and break out the heavy duty mucking rakes! It is getting mighty deep in there!!! I just can’t believe that they can get any dumber. Then they just go on to new levels pure weapons grade stupidity!

  3. Michael Fugate

    Children leave these workshops convinced that the process of evolution is scientific fact,

    One can only hope!

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    This kind of stuff drives me crazy:

    observed by the perfect eyewitness, Jesus Christ, who provides us with an accurate description of these events in Genesis.

    Jesus has NOTHING to do with Genesis. If she’s going for accurate and consistent, she lost my trust already.

  5. The Cincinnati program appears to be much broader in scope, but also more expensive as well as requiring a minimum of 30 participants in each offering, whereas Ham’s “program” is limited and only deals with god’s fingerprints and costs only $15.

  6. “observed by the perfect eyewitness, Jesus Christ,”

    and… The story of Harry Potter was observed by the perfect eyewitness… Harry Potter himself! They really can’t see how idiotic that is?

    Also… let me get this straight… Ken Ham’s organization, Mr. “Were you there?” is teaching FORENSICS?

  7. Michael Fugate

    Jennifer Hall Rivera is a forensic science educator, speaker, and author. She has educated high school students in the study of forensic science for over five years. Mrs. Rivera has been published in the Journal of Forensic Identification and has been a guest speaker at the Georgia Division of the International Association for Identification state conference in both 2015 and 2016, as well as the International Association for Identification 2017 world conference. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Rivera was employed as a fingerprint examiner in a crime scene unit, where she received extensive training in the field of forensics.

    Naturally Occurring Minutiae
    Author(s): Rivera, J. H.
    Type: Commentary
    Published: 2016, Volume 66, Issue 2, Pages 083-091
    Journal of Forensic Identification
    Abstract: The field of forensic science has considered fingerprints as the primary representation of ridge patterns and individualized minutiae characteristics. Consideration should also be given to other scientific fields where specimens exhibit similar characteristics. In the studies of botany, entomology, zoology (wildlife forensics), marine biology, and geology, evidence warrants further investigation into the value of examining minutiae characteristics within these scientific fields. There are a variety of animals and botanical specimens, in addition to geological landscapes, that mirror fingerprint minutiae detail and could contribute to a forensic investigation.

  8. So according to this bible thumping “forensics expert”, Jesus either wrote or inerrantly dictated Genesis to the fictional Moses, before Jesus was even born (assuming that he even existed)? Apparently, no lie is ever too large for these willfully ignorant sociopathic idiots.

  9. > . . . evolution is scientific fact, but this is
    > not the case. Evolutionary processes
    > have never been observed
    ————–
    Hamster is lying. He unambiguously accepts evolutionary change – actually hyperevolutionary change. His view of a global flood requires it – a few “kinds” rapidly diversified into all the terrestrial organisms we see today. At impossible speeds.

  10. Why do so many people let these creationists get away with speaking with divine authority?

  11. “a rational universe we can make sense of — and do science”
    A miracle of course is by definition an event in our Universe science can not make sense of.

  12. “the perfect eyewitness, Jesus Christ”
    This is why the popular trick “How do you know, where your there? Yes. No, you weren’t. How do you know, where you there?” fails: “JC was and he is the perfect eyewitness.”

    @Holding the Line lacks faith: “I just can’t believe that they can get any dumber.”
    That’s because there is no bottom in the cesspool they jumped into.

    @CD has listened to a Spooky Tooth song a bit too often, called I Think I go Insane: “Jesus has NOTHING to do with Genesis.”
    Where you there?

  13. Don`t know about the U.S.A., but the U.K. and Australia have had a number of criminal cases reversed after finding the convictions were based on dodgy conclusions given by ‘forensic experts’.

  14. What I recall are a number of cases being reversed on the finding of forensic experts. The original judgement being based on eyewitness testimony. The courts recognize that “How do you, were you there?” is appropriately rebuffed by “I know because the evidence tells me.”

  15. Here is some information on the 25th anniversary of the USA Innocence Project (1989-2014) of convictions overturned on DNA evidence
    https://www.innocenceproject.org/dna-exonerations-in-the-united-states/

  16. Does anybody know how many children Hambone manages to turn into functional idiots every year with his “science” seminars? And is it possible to deprogram children who have been exposed to this repeatedly in Hambo’s “museum” (a church actually), or in home schooling or in charter schools run by churches and paid for with US taxpayer dollars? Obviously this is big business much like tobacco or drugs. It’s attached to church, which for many Americans remains an important component in their lives. I have a question.
    How does one quantify the damage to society being done here?

  17. BTW I find it amusing that creationists have “museums”. The word “museum”as its etymology in a temple to the pagan goddesses, the Muses.

  18. Better still, Och Will, how do we introduce elementary critical thinking to children? Like Hambo`s short `n sweet ‘Were you there’, we need a catchphrase for kids to remember. How about ‘Dig a little deeper’?

  19. Ross Cameron: Digging is hard work. There’s IBM’s old motto, but Ham and the loons outflanked that one some time ago. “Man’s wisdom,” they sneer.

    No, we have to face the fact: for a near-moiety of our fellows, anything harder than “God did it” is too hard. George Carlin, whose form of comedy I do not enjoy, nevertheless said it right. “Think about how stupid the average person is. Now remember that half of them are stupider than that.” They’re Ham’s flock, which means he gets to shear and eat them.

  20. @Och WIll asks: “is it possible to deprogram”
    Yes, it is – at Patheos there are some blogs of ex-creationists.
    Still I suspect that Richard Dawkins is partly right – some forms of religious education are child abuse.

    @RC: “how do we introduce elementary critical thinking to children?”
    Not up to about 12 years old.

  21. Dave, how about ‘god (small g) DIDN`T do it? He blew it, he blew it, god didn`t do it? 🙂

  22. One who believes in God doesn’t have to accept that the Stork brings babies. One can believe that God is one’s Creator (and Savior) and accept the scientific account of reproduction.
    The Bible has nothing about Noah’s flood carving the Grand Canyon. If you want to believe some preacher who tells you about the Grand Canyon, you’re going to have to rely on your preacher, not the word of God. If yourpreacher says that it is the word of God, may I suggest a talk with your preacher.

  23. I commented on this blog post at the BCSE community forum and thought I remembered flagging that here.