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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