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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