Ken Ham’s Cheerful Halloween Post

We can always count on at least one of the usual creationist websites to warn us about the evil influences that are unleashed on Halloween. Jack Chick was usually good at it — see Jack Chick and Halloween — 2013, but he’s gone now.

This year’s warning to the faithful is a bit early. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. His post is titled Sharing the Message of Christ This Halloween. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

It’s that time of year again. Halloween decorations are popping up in stores and front yards across the country in preparation for the end of the month festivities. This time last year I wrote a blog post encouraging believers to use this opportunity to share the gospel with kids and families who come knocking. And almost immediately I received a backlash from secularists (and even some Christians) who mocked me or were angry about this idea.

That’s outrageous! He says:

These other bloggers and writers complained that I was ruining Halloween or that I was telling people to use scare tactics (actually, many Halloween costumes can be quite scary) on the kids coming to their door. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

Hambo would never want to scare anyone. He just tells them The Truth — they’re going to end up in the Lake of Fire. He explains:

I encouraged people to consider handing out gospel booklets (such as our [Promotional link omitted]) along with candy or some other kind of treat. These booklets aren’t scary — they simply teach the interesting history of Halloween and share the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection on our behalf. I find it ironic that people were accusing me of trying to scare kids when Halloween is all about scary and spooky things!

We just had a wild idea — go out this Halloween wearing a Hambo mask — one that looks like his grinning picture at the head of his blog. Anyway, he continues:

So, despite the backlash, I want to encourage believers again this year to use this day as an opportunity to share the gospel with kids and their families. You can get everything you need to share the gospel this Halloween from our online store [Promotional link omitted].

The remaining paragraphs of Hambo’s post are still more promotions for stuff he has for sale, so we’ll leave him here. And we have another wild idea — inspired by Hambo: For Christmas this year, share the information about evolution — give everyone a copy of Darwin’s Origin of Species.

Since this is a weekend with no creationism news, feel free to use the comments for another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Have at it!

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19 responses to “Ken Ham’s Cheerful Halloween Post

  1. The Cumrudgeon says “see Jack Chick and Halloween — 2013, but he’s gone now. I have always thought that a good and decent god would send people who peddle fear like Chick would have sent special instructions to St Peter to send people like that to purgatory or ,,,. So, by my brand of theology, Chick’s getting sautéed right now. Hmmmm.

  2. does anyone reading this live near Hambo in Kentucky? I’d gladly pay you to decorate his house at night with scary halloween stuff this year.

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    Yet another skeptical visit article: This $100 Million Noah’s Ark Theme Park Is a Boring, Homophobic Mess – VICE

    The author leads several paragraphs with the same question: “IS IT FUN ENOUGH TO CONVERT YOU TO A CREATIONIST BELIEF SYSTEM?” “Not really.” He’s also not a fan of all the signs you have to read.

  4. Halloween is not really celebrated in my country– though, like Hambo, the big supermarket chains try to cash in on it, anyway — but one time, a couple of pesky neighbor kids came round dressed as priests in cassocks– scary enough in itself– and proceeded to reenact the classic scene from The Exorcist: “THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU…..to give us lots of sweets and chocolate!”

    Of course, I did as I was told: Violet Crumbles; Mars Bars; bottles of maple syrup; the lot. I should have realized it was all just a ploy. They shouted at the tops of their voices: “YOUR MOTHER WINDS CLOCKS IN HELL!” and proceeded to vomit all over my doormat, before running away.

    The whole experience left me shaken, I can tell you.

  5. Dave Luckett

    The American influence has encouraged some of the local kids to believe that they will get sweets if they ring doorbells that night. I tell them they’re in the wrong country.

    Ham is trying to use Halloween as an aid to recruitment, on the “if you can’t beat them, join them” principle. If he objected to it, though, I couldn’t fault him for that. It’s as pagan as pagan can be, not only because it’s the Celtic festival of Samhain, but because it’s scary for a reason – it’s the day the dead can return to the earth, an idea completely alien to Christian belief. The Dark Ages church did the same with it as they’d already done with the Saturnalia, a merry pagan festival involving much frivolity. They turned that into Christmas. Samhain became All Hallows Eve, and its significance as the entrance to the (northern) winter was lost, more or less.

    But what would Ham know or care about that? There’s an angle to be worked, here. Tracts to be shifted. Money to be made. God helps those that help themselves, and if there’s one thing Ham does know and care about, it’s helping himself to whatever’s going.

  6. UK supreme court backs bakery that refused to make gay marriage cake
    Judges find in favour of appeal, ruling there was no discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation

    A Belfast bakery run by evangelical Christians was not obliged to make a cake emblazoned with the message “support gay marriage”, the supreme court has ruled, overturning a £500 damages award imposed on it.
    . . . . .
    “It is deeply humiliating, and an affront to human dignity, to deny someone a service because of that person’s race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any of the other protected personal characteristics,” [Justice Lady] Hale said in the judgment.

    “But that is not what happened in this case and it does the project of equal treatment no favours to seek to extend it beyond its proper scope.”

    Freedom of expression, as guaranteed by article 10 of the European convention on human rights, includes the right “not to express an opinion which one does not hold”, Hale added. “This court has held that nobody should be forced to have or express a political opinion in which he does not believe,” she said.

    “The bakers could not refuse to supply their goods to Mr Lee because he was a gay man or supported gay marriage, but that is quite different from obliging them to supply a cake iced with a message with which they profoundly disagreed.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/10/uk-supreme-court-backs-bakery-that-refused-to-make-gay-wedding-cake

  7. Our Curmudgeon last mentioned The Christian Post, “which describes itself as ‘the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website’ ”, here — The Supernatural Nature of Time from 12-September-2018.

    Now, we find the following from October 11, 2018:

    Christian Post publisher is indicted for fraud

    (RNS) — A New York City grand jury has indicted Christian Media Corp., the publisher of evangelical news website The Christian Post, and William Anderson, its former chief executive, on financial fraud charges, along with Etienne Uzac, who ran Newsweek magazine’s parent company.

    The allegations center on more than $10 million in loans to buy computer equipment, but the proceeds were actually used to keep Newsweek magazine, owned by a related firm, operating, according to an indictment unsealed this week.

    https://religionnews.com/2018/10/11/christian-post-parent-firm-former-ceo-indicted-by-new-york-da-on-fraud-charges/

  8. It’s interesting how Americans (in a christian nation!) have secularized Halloween and commercialized christmas. They’ve even secularized easter, though perhaps to a lesser extent. Enormous sums of money are spent, perhaps a good argument for sales taxes. Or, maybe that money might help the poor and victims of the recent hurricanes.

    Regarding Hambo, I wonder how effective such literature is. Is there any research? And, is literature given with candy as effective as the tracks left in public bathroom stalls (tracks which unfortunately cannot be flushed)? What a waste of trees.

  9. Breaking news from The Netherlands! And I don’t even have to translate, because it’s absolute trite! Ol’Hambo’s penetrating the Dutch market! Of course he gets help from the trusty site Logos.nl.

    https://logos.nl/basisprincipe-3-variatie-binnen-geschapen-typen/

    Written by no one else than AIG’s very own Georgia Purdom! Don’t worry, it contains nothing new, nothing that our dear SC has missed. Already the intro says it all: “cats are still cats and dogs are still dogs”. To which I happily add that “the fox remains always a fox, the goose remains a goose, and the tiger will retain the character of a tiger” (regulars know where this quote comes from).

    Still the picture at the end is worth a glance – it looks very much like a Darwinian tree ….

  10. This one is funny:

    https://logos.nl/de-reuk/

    “Smell is a miracle, understood by science only quite recently. As usual when designs by the Creator are involved simplicity, complexity and mystery go hand in hand.”
    The last sentence gives excellent advise: make sure that by means of prayer God smells something pleasant all the time.

  11. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    “Still the picture at the end is worth a glance – it looks very much like a Darwinian tree ….” Only the domestic cat lineage and puma lineage do not come off the panthera lineage.

  12. @FrankB
    The tree has two-way branches, and suggests a sequence of distinct events.
    “Geschappen typen” I opresume means “created kinds”, and w’re being told that the family of cats, Felidae, is one created kind, and the genus Panthera microevolved first with the lion and then the leopard speciating first. This leaves very little room for the speciation and extinction of the saber-tooth smilodon, but I suppose that I’m reading this too literally.

  13. As this is a Free-Fire Zone, there is an essay on the BBC
    How Fashion Fell in Love with Faux Fur
    It struck me that this is an example of design-plus-craft following the example of nature.

  14. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    “Plan to let religious schools reject gay kids and teachers is dangerous and disgraceful” Ken Ham has tweeted about this Australia article twice, seems to be okay with this.

  15. @TomS: “Geschappen typen” I presume means “created kinds”
    Your only mistake is a superfluous p, which is forgiven for any non-Dutch speaker.

  16. SC: “This year’s warning to the faithful is a bit early.”

    Ah yes, well you need time for your ORDER of Hambo tracts to arrive via 1st class mail. I think Hambo is missing out on an opportunity here. His message doesn’t need a 24 page book that at 79 cents and is as expensive as a candy bar. Nooo he should be producing a 4 or 5 page booklet and sell them in packs of 100.

    Don’t remember seeing too many Bible tracts when I was a trick-or-treater. Local Dentist gave out toothbrushes though.

  17. Troy – our local dentist gave out huge chocolate bars 🙂

  18. Eddie Janssen

    Doom at the horizon for creationists, especially the ID kind.
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/10/chemists-find-recipe-may-have-jump-started-life-earth