Hambo Defends Public School Trips to the Ark

You may remember our recent post, More on Public School Trips to Hambo’s Ark, in which we discussed an op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky written by Dan Phelps, president of the Kentucky Paleontological Society and vice president of Kentuckians for Science Education.

Now we have a response from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — in the form of a letter to that newspaper. It’s titled Ark Park educational, cultural experience. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

While some may find cause to attack the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum for our Christian stance, others wrongly try to stop school groups doing what is totally constitutional — taking trips to our two popular themed attractions.

Yeah, “totally constitutional.” In our earlier post we quoted the relevant portions of the Kentucky Constitution, which disagree with ol’ Hambo, but he doesn’t care about that. He has a better authority. He says:

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

Ooooooooooooh! Hambo has a letter from his lawyers. He quotes their opinion:

If public schools were bringing students to the Ark and museum and declaring, “THIS interpretation is the only real truth that you should personally accept,” then that would be a violation of the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What if there were a field trip to a church to attend its services, and the school people didn’t offer any comment? Would that be Constitutional? The lawyer’s opinion continues:

If classes are coming to the museum or Ark in an objective fashion, however, to show students world-class exhibits and one group’s interpretation of the origin of man and Earth history, then the field trip is just fine as an exceptional and voluntary educational and cultural experience.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A trip to Hambo’s creationist operation is an “exceptional” and “educational and cultural experience.” The lawyer’s opinion goes on:

Public school officials should neither personally endorse nor diminish the museum’s view but should present it objectively. Ultimately, it’s possible to attend the Creation Museum or Ark to teach rather than preach and to educate rather than indoctrinate.

That’s all there is from the lawyers. Hambo ends his letter with this:

We encourage all kinds of groups to come and visit the Ark and museum, as they have been doing since we opened.

So there you are. This thing’s gotta end up in court. How will that happen? We don’t know. Maybe some taxpayer group will file a lawsuit protesting the misuse of public funds, if such suits are possible in Kentucky. The issue is important, and it won’t be resolved until a judge orders the school officials to stop supporting Hambo’s enterprises.

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11 responses to “Hambo Defends Public School Trips to the Ark

  1. siluriantrilobite

    Especially ironic is that Ham wrote this on his Twitter account earlier today:
    “ I love the cross that lights up on the outside of Ark

    –The Ark stands as a reminder to the world that God’s Word is true, the history in the bible is true, & the gospel message founded in that history is true. Praise the Lord thousands visit & are impacted daily”.

    Sent from my iPad

  2. The premier of Quebec has recently said that a crucifix is not a religious symbol.
    A crucifix differs from a cross by having an image – often a 3-d image – of Jesus on the cross, and as such is mostly restricted to Catholics, seen as a forbidden “graven image” by other Christians.

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    So the pitch is that the kids would be denied world class exhibits, nevermind what the exhibits are actually about. And nevermind their business model. Thiefs for God.

  4. “While some may find cause to attack the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum for our Christian stance ….”
    Great. Phelps didn’t. Ol’Hambo starts off with a blatant lie.

    ““THIS interpretation is the only real truth.”
    Yeah, Ol’Hambo never maintained that his personal interpretation of the Holy Bible, followed by rejection of lots of science, is the only real truth.
    Heaven a la Ol’Hambo equates Hell. That’s one reason I don’t want to go there after I die.

  5. “So there you are. This thing’s gotta end up in court.” Indeed. THIS is an example of why the stealing of the Supreme Court matters so much

  6. Has anyone noticed that the “respected lawyer” Ham quotes uses all the same phraseology as Ham?

  7. “world-class exhibits”? No. Religious indoctrination? Absolutely. Not one relic or artifact from either creation or the flood. And no animals at the concrete and steel “exact replica” of the ark. Perhaps a class in history of religion or mythology (if even offered in a public school) could benefit from visits, but certainly not science classes.

  8. @Scientist
    You bring up an interesting point. There are no objects of interest relating to the Flood. No relics, such as a supposed animal or plant remains. No fragment of an ancient report about it. No geological specimens. No photographs. It’s all the product of one man’s imagination, a museum celebrating that, nothing more.

  9. I saw a great car bumper sticker today that had the standard amphibian with four legs creationist commenters frequently put on their cars that said “Evolve”. It gave me a good laugh anyway. Usually its just the fish with the legs. This was a bit more , shall we say, on target.

  10. Perhaps Hambo can open a colonic parlor next to the camel and talking donkey emporium. New sources of revenue are always good.

  11. If I want to see “world-class exhibits”, I’ll go elsewhere…….