Hambo’s War on the Constitution

This is a good one from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, he posted American Atheists: Trips to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are “Unconstitutional”.

As you probably suspect from his title, Hambo is not only an authority on science, but also on the American Constitution. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

With the new school year beginning, the Kentucky branch of American Atheists has sent letters to schools in a few counties highlighting “a number of issues” related to “religious freedom and the rights of students.” In the letter, it’s specifically claimed that field trips to the Ark Encounter or Creation Museum in the state are “unconstitutional violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.” But is this really true?

Okay, that’s the set-up. Now brace yourself for Hambo’s view of the Constitution. He tells us:

As we wrote back in 2016 when the Ark first opened, there is absolutely nothing unconstitutional about a public school visiting either of our world-class attractions. (We originally wrote on this topic due to an atheist group trying to bully public schools into not visiting back in 2016.) This is nothing more than a bullying tactic to try and keep children from being exposed to the teaching at these attractions.

We quoted Hambo’s brilliant constitutional opinion in A Classic Rant from Ken Ham. He declared:

The “separation of church and state” nonsense is nothing but a ruse by secularists to impose atheism on the education system and the culture. Where is the phrase “separation of church and state” in the First Amendment?

He made that same claim a few years earlier — see Ken Ham Unhinged: Creationism & Theocracy Too. We rebutted him, of course. Anyway, he continues:

It’s interesting — these atheists know that children in public schools receive evolutionary and atheistic indoctrination (religious teaching!) five days a week for the whole school year — including during field trips to museums where evolution is presented as fact — and they are worried about one trip to a Christian, creationist attraction! It must be because they know the message we present is so powerful.

Great, huh? Let’s read on:

Here’s what our religious freedom attorneys wrote back in 2016 about the legality of a field trip to our attractions:

We’re skipping that. Instead, here’s a reference to a court ruling stating the opposite regarding field trips to a Christian ministry in Missouri: AHA Applauds Court Ruling Against Religious Field Trips. Back to Hambo:

The American Atheists, and other atheist organizations, don’t want children exposed to the truth [Hee hee!] because they are suppressing that truth themselves in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). It isn’t about upholding the First Amendment or the Constitution, for neither of those prohibit a field trip to a Christian attraction: it’s about viewpoint censorship and wanting to ensure these children only hear about evolution, presented through the lens of naturalism (atheism).

Yeah, it’s all about censorship. He ends with this:

We encourage all kinds of groups to come and visit the Ark and museum (as they have been since we opened) and be challenged by the truth of God’s Word and the gospel presented at these two world-class Christian themed attractions.

We have no idea whether this latest matter will end up in court. If it does, Hambo’s gonna lose, and he probably knows it. Let’s sit back and see what happens.

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15 responses to “Hambo’s War on the Constitution

  1. Why does Hambo bother trying to destroy the Constitution when he’s got Trump, Kavanaugh and, let’s face it, the entirety of the GOP — whatever their adolescent whinges about science denial being patriotism — to do it for him?

    Just asking, y’unnerstand.

  2. I’m sure Americans appreciate being lectured on their Constitution by a creationist foreigner about as much as Australians enjoy a stern lecture from the Chinese on our human rights abuses.

    I went to a public school, and I can vouch for Ken’s spot-on accuracy about what went on there. Day-in, day-out: nothing but wall-to-wall evolutionary and atheistic indoctrination, with a little time out to put any stubborn creationist tykes in the stocks, and pelt them with rotten tomatoes. Laugh? We nearly had a hernia! God, but we were cruel!

    I guess it’s only fair that Ken gets to turn the tables on us, and flail us mercilessly with the Truth.

  3. Does anyone know if Ham is even a citizen?

  4. Michael Fugate

    And no doubt Ham encourages students to visit and learn about the truth of every other god’s word too. Equal time, no?

  5. “He made that same claim …..”
    Still it’s always good to get reminded that Ol’Hambo is an old-fashoned theocrat. I just finished reading Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror – The Calamitous 14th Century. She describes with gusto how the religious authorities of that theocratic time turned society and life into a Second Garden of Eden – for themselves, at the expense of the common folks.
    Let me put it this way. If Ol’Hambo is right – and given that he’s a creacrapper the default position is that he’s lying – separation of religious and political should be introduced ASAP.

    “religious freedom attorneys”
    Yeah – which means abolishing the right of those who don’t accept creacrap.

  6. If AiG’s message was so damn powerful, they wouldn’t need to tart it up with all these sideshow attractions, like ice rinks and zip lines, and all the rest. And cry us a river about how victimized they are. And resort to idiotic hyperbole about atheist indoctrination and censorship. And, to top it off: for Hambo to come all the way back to Oz, just when we least needed him.

    Chris is gettin’ upset!

  7. @Kosh

    Hambo is a U.S. citizen, at least he says he is:

    It would be interesting to look into how he achieved this. I have to wonder if it was one of those “Einstein” visas that air head Melania Trump got?

    If you look at Hambo’s Wikipedia page you can see that what he really is a cancer that spread from Australia. From a 2007 ABC interview: “Australia’s not really the place to build such a facility if you’re going to reach the world. Really, America is.” From a 2005 SMH interview: “One of the main reasons [AiG] moved [to Florence] was because we are within one hour’s flight of 69 percent of America’s population.”
    So basically he wanted to fleece a bigger flock.

    So Hambo isn’t dumb enough to build the Ark Encounter in the empty Australian outback. Kudos to him.

  8. Kenny wants the ticket sales and parking fees. And, he likes to whine about oppression. World class attractions? “Exact replica”? No basis in fact for either “museum”. What a grifter!

  9. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    The link he used on his blog is the same one he Tweeted about last month, it can’t be read in Europe because they refuse to comply with GDPR.

  10. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    I said before that creationism could be taught in Australia when Ken was teaching. Well on his blog that is exactly what he admits to.

    “In 1975, my first year teaching science in a public school in Australia, I taught a class where we covered the topic of human evolution as presented in the textbooks. As a Christian, I explained to the students that I rejected Darwin’s ideas of apelike creatures evolving into man as well as his belief there were different races of people, both lower and higher. instead, I explained to my students that we’re all descended from Adam and Eve, and then Noah, and from those who were scattered at the event of the tower of Babel”

  11. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    “After one class, three Aboriginal girls came up and asked me to explain more about what I just said. You see, Darwin taught in The Descent of Man that the Australian Aborigines were closer to apes than people with light skin. Yes, Darwin’s ideas fueled racism” Imagine getting such a bad education in a public high school.

    Never forget this is a white man who claimed I’m not a white person.

  12. Michael Fugate

    As if there was no racism before 1871…

  13. “neither of those [the First Amendment or the Constitution] prohibit a field trip to a Christian attraction”. Leave aside the fact that the First Amendment, on its adoption, became part of the Constitution. Indeed they don’t prohibit a field trip to a Christian attraction; they merely prohibit any agency of Government from arranging such a trip.

  14. Good point. If a public school sends its students, who constitute a captive audience, to visit an attraction aimed at promoting a particular religion’s beliefs, it is using public money to serve sectarian purposes, and that is unconstitutional. Even if the school uses private money raised for the purpse, it is still diverting the students’ time and attention from the purposes for which the tax money supporting that school was intended, which amounts to the same thing.

  15. @KarlG quotes the Queenslandian ayatollah of Appalachia: “I rejected Darwin’s ….. belief there were different races of people, both lower and higher.”
    Ol’Hambo, liar since 1975 and still going strong.