We recently wrote Outrage of the Century — Hambo Expelled!, about the news that Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, had been un-invited to speak at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), after a student organization had signed him up to speak.
Today, our clandestine operative in Kentucky — code named “Blue Grass” — brings to our attention this new item at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry: University in Oklahoma Reinstates Ken Ham Lecture. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Late last month, internationally renowned Christian speaker and author Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis was uninvited from speaking at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Today, UCO President Don Betz has invited the AiG president to give his talk, “Genesis and the State of the Culture,” on the Edmond campus.
How did that happen? AIG says:
Although campus activists put enormous pressure on the student body president to cancel the lecture at UCO’s Constitution Hall, President Betz has decided to restore Ham’s lecture for March 5. … Ham declared,
I’m thrilled my talk at UCO is back on again. UCO officials have definitely heard from many concerned state legislators, several local residents, and alumni about the denial of our right to free speech. Furthermore, by moving my talk from the evening to the afternoon, we now have the opportunity to reach even more UCO students during the school day. UCO is a commuter campus, and many of its students might not have been able to attend in the evening.
Isn’t that wonderful? AIG tells us:
Originally, contracts were arranged to have Ham talk about the ideas of Charles Darwin in UCO’s Constitution Hall. But strong objections from members of a campus LGBTQ group pushed the UCO student body president to cancel the talk, despite a speaking invitation that came from the student government. Ham was told on January 27 that he was no longer welcome, but that changed today with the invitation from President Betz.
It’s interesting to note that despite all the fuss ol’ Hambo made about his Constitutional rights being violated, the university itself didn’t invite him, nor did it un-invite him That had been done by a student organization. But due to all the publicity the incident caused, the university president felt that the proper thing to do was to officially invite him to speak.
And although Hambo will trumpet this — and his speech — as a glorious triumph for creationism, it’s all relatively trivial. Those who attend his lecture will mostly be droolers, and they’ll cheer his wisdom. If any rational students attend, they’ll quietly snicker. All in all, it’s a fuss over nothing.
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