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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