We regret to inform our friends in Canada about this, but it’s something you may want to know. We found it in the Red Deer Advocate of Red Deer, the third-most populous city in the Canadian province of Alberta. Their headline is Home educators prepare for weekend conference in Red Deer. They have a comments feature, with no comments yet. Here are some excerpts from the news, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A three day chance to talk with and learn from other home educators, the Alberta Home Educators Association is welcoming thousands to Red Deer this weekend. Paul van den Bosch, a past president and current media relations board member of the Alberta Home Educators Association, said the event is a chance for home educators to meet with other educators and learn about what they’re doing, listen to speakers and take advantage of the used curriculum sale.
Wow — a three-day conference on home schooling? We found the website for Alberta Home Education Association. It’s a bit confusing. There are two different varieties of home schooling in Alberta. One is state regulated and the other isn’t. We looked around their website, but didn’t find much on creationism. The news story says:
“We fill a hall with the used curriculum that people want to sell and quite often, donate,” said van den Bosch. “Last year we had more than 10,000 pieces of material including books and CDs. It was the first year we tried it and we sold more than 9,000 of them.”
If they sell old, used material, that means they’re probably a bunch of creationists, because their educational material never goes out of date. After that we’re told:
He [van den Bosch] estimated about 1,800 to 2,300 people would attend the conference this weekend. In Alberta, there are about 25,000 students being educated at home. Some use online methods while others use the “parent-directed” method.
That’s a lot of creationists! They quote van den Bosch again:
“We have this one weekend a year for people to meet with people from all over the Prairies,” said van den Bosch. “We’re here to provide a weekend for those people, a retreat in a way. Passing on best practices is exactly what this weekend is all about. The speakers are sharing from what they know. It’s good to hear from people who have been there before and find out what may work.”
Okay, here it comes:
The speakers include Ken Ham, a creationist who debated science educator and engineer Bill Nye; Heidi St. John, an author and conference speaker; and Todd Wilson, a writer, conference speaker and former pastor.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We don’t know who those others are, but we’ve all heard of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum and for building Ark Encounter, an exact replica of Noah’s Ark. He’s the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
It’s interesting that with all his other accomplishments, debating Bill Nye is the most impressive part of ol’ Hambo’s résumé — and that’s one of the reasons we always advise against debating with creationists. It gives them prestige, and does nothing for you. Anyway, if they invited Hambo to speak, we don’t have to wonder if they’re a bunch of creationists. Oh, wait — get this:
“He’s one speaker among 80. If you don’t agree with him, fine, there are lots of people to listen to,” said van den Bosch.
Ah, they probably have some old-Earth creationist speakers too. They’re running a very open-minded conference.
That’s about it, except from some information about times and dates, so this is where we leave the Red Deer Advocate. We’re sure the good creationist folks of Alberta will benefit from hearing ol’ Hambo.
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