Ken Ham Is Opposed to Fake News

Our title should be your warning to unplug your irony meter, dear reader, as we discuss the latest 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. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Were There Rainbows Before the Flood? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A short opinion piece [Something about Noah’s rainbow] in the religion column of a newspaper in Walla Walla, Washington, was recently brought to my attention. This article by Mark Koonz of Emmanuel Lutheran Church claims “some well-meaning interpreters distort the message of Genesis.” But, in reality, what Koonz does is distort what AiG teaches!

Egad — someone is distorting what AIG teaches! Hambo must be red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around chewing the carpet. How dare anyone misrepresent his wisdom? This is an outrage! He says:

He [Mark Koonz] claims I “insist that Genesis 9 teaches there were no atmospheric conditions that could produce the visual appearance of a rainbow before Noah’s flood. In short, this was the very first human sighting of a rainbow ever!” I would like him to show where I have even suggested that — let alone “insist” it’s true!

Hambo is furious! He tells us:

Indeed, we have an article from 2010 [here it is] that refutes the idea that there was no rain before the flood and therefore no rainbows (the idea that there was no rain before the flood comes from a model called “the vapor canopy model,” which was long ago abandoned by the vast majority of creationists).

Yes, there really is such an article. So you can easily understand Hambo’s fury. He continues:

I share this column by Koonz with you as a reminder that there’s a lot of what’s called “fake news” out there. [How well we know!] When you read something about the Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, Answers in Genesis, or even about me, be sure to research it on our site to verify that it’s true. People often spread misinformation or lies about our ministry, and we will receive concerned letters from supporters wondering if the allegations are true. A quick search on our site will usually tell you if it’s true or not!

They shouldn’t confine their research to Hambo’s website. There’s a whole world of information out there. Hambo continues:

And always keep this highly practical verse at the back of your mind: “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame” (Proverbs 18:13). In other words, hear both sides of a matter before coming to a conclusion.

But what if Hambo’s followers started to do that about his creation science too? No worries, they probably won’t.

The rest of Hambo’s post is about the rainbow, so this is where we’ll leave him, grumbling about fake news. And now, dear reader, it’s safe to re-connect your irony detector.

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12 responses to “Ken Ham Is Opposed to Fake News

  1. Eric Lipps

    I share this column by Koonz with you as a reminder that there’s a lot of what’s called “fake news” out there. [How well we know!] When you read something about the Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, Answers in Genesis, or even about me, be sure to research it on our site to verify that it’s true.

    In other words, “Trust me. Would I lie to you?”

  2. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    Back in 2012 SC wrote this https://sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/answers-in-genesis-weather-before-the-flood/

    Now the link in this to AnswersinGenesis seems to get a 404, they seem to have deleted it. The 2010 Tommy Mitchell article and the deleted 2012 Larry Vardiman article (from the quotes used by SC) blatantly contradicted each other.

  3. It’s a good thing Kenny and AIG never misrepresent science! /sarcasm

  4. “People often spread misinformation or lies about our ministry”
    This may be or may not be correct, a slighly adapted version certainly is:

    “The people of our ministry ofted stpread misinformation and lies about Evolution Theory.”

    KarlG did a fine job catching Ol’Hambo with his pants down.

  5. The 2012 Vardiman article is still in the Archive. (Actually, it’s even in the Google cache so they’ve deleted it recently).

  6. Very good, Karl Goldsmith. It looks like someone at Hambo’s ministry is willing to re-write the past when it suits them. That’s very 1984-ish. “We are at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.”

  7. Many years ago, when I first read 1984, although I found it good, I thought that much of it overdone. People would not accept such obvious propaganda.

  8. Ham is a LIAR as he still holds the book o’BS as truth! So he is all for fake news.

  9. TomS:
    There is a difference between “accepting” and “going along because I will end up in room 101”.

  10. ”When you read something about the Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, Answers in Genesis, or even about me, be sure to research it on our site to verify that it’s true”. I will, And I will do the same when I read something by Ken Ham about critics of Answers in Genesis.

  11. @KeithB
    In the world of 1984 and in the real world people are going along because they believe.

  12. Oh dear. Another denominational dispute rears its ugly head. Heavyweight Koonz vs Ol Hambo the Mambo and THE TRVTH. I’m hoping that our fabulous SC will show us a later article when AIG says there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I don’t go to the Discotute site because I don’t want to give them a hit they can count in whatever demented statistical distortion they can dream up. However. I’m interested to know if Koonz and Hambo are in fact OD ing on Lucky Charms cereal. Early humans did not have access to refined sugars and grains. In fact Australopthecus and early humans must have eaten the same diet as the later hunter gatherers. Lucky Charms were unavailable. Sorry Ham man.