Ken Ham Will be in Ireland — a Blasphemy Test?

This is a timely subject for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a 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. Look what he just posted at Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: “Contending for Creation” in the Republic of Ireland. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

I am excited to announce that this coming November I will be speaking at the Contending for Creation conference, hosted by our sister organization AiG–UK, in the Republic of Ireland. The apologetics conference will take place at Athlone Springs Hotel in County Westmeath, November 2–3, 2018. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a day many people celebrate all things Irish (or at least what has become associated with the Irish). I thought it would be the perfect day to announce our upcoming conference in Ireland!

Ol’ Hambo should be right at home in Ireland. As you may recall, they’re the only European nation with a law against blasphemy. You can read about it at Wikipedia: Blasphemy law in the Republic of Ireland. We’ve written about it twice — the first time was Is This Blog Blasphemous in Ireland?, followed by this from two years ago: Update on Ireland’s Blasphemy Law. Okay, back to ol’ Hambo. He says:

The Republic of Ireland is largely dominated by Roman Catholicism, with Protestants making up less than 5% of the population. As with much of Christianity in the Western world, it’s no surprise to find that many Protestant churches in Ireland have already compromised with a belief in evolution and millions of years. Ireland has become a very secular country, and the compromise of the church has no doubt contributed to this sad decline.

That’s interesting. If most churches in Ireland accept evolution, then — gasp! — maybe Hambo will be regarded as a blasphemer. He tells us:

In 2015 more than 62% of the Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to amend the country’s constitution to legalize same-sex “marriage.” And just recently the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, said the country’s laws on abortion are “too restrictive, and need to be reformed.” He wants to make it easier for women to murder their own unborn children!

How very unexpected. What is regarded as blasphemy in Ireland — the solar system? Hambo continues:

Christians in the Republic of Ireland desperately need to be equipped to give answers (an apologetic) for their faith and to share the gospel in an increasingly secular culture.

Maybe so, but he’d better tread lightly. One more excerpt:

The apologetics conference will take place at Athlone Springs Hotel in County Westmeath, November 2–3, 2018, west of Dublin. I will be speaking along with Dr. Georgia Purdom, David Chakranarayan, Professor Andy McIntosh, Professor Stuart Burgess, and Simon Turpin. Our talks will cover such issues as apologetics, evangelism, biblical authority, science, the sanctity of life, and design. … You can learn more on our events page [link omitted].

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the first test case for Ireland’s blasphemy law were ol’ Hambo himself?

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7 responses to “Ken Ham Will be in Ireland — a Blasphemy Test?

  1. Let me run that through my Ham-ese translator:

    “need to be equipped to give answers” == “buy propaganda materials from me”

  2. Better be careful in those creationist bathrooms.

    Apologetics is such a lousy word. All it reminds me of is a phrase: “Let me apologize for the lousy argument that will follow.”

  3. Michael Fugate

    Compromising one’s faith seems to be a common problem – especially if money is involved. Look at what is going on at HUD:
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/17/johnson-joy-naved-jafry-housing-department-religious-charity

  4. “Blasphemy is a victimless crime.”

  5. Couldn’t help notice these are usually three days, now reduced to just two days for 20 euro. The UK one they charged £55 for a three day event.

  6. Techreseller

    Well at least the people in Ireland will find Ham’s accent just a bit familiar. Other than that, not much.