As we’ve mentioned before, Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — posts a large number of articles which make clear his opposition to LGBT people — for biblical reasons, of course. See, e.g.: AIG: Bible College Does/Does Not Approve Gays.
Today at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s creationist ministry, he just posted Academics “Harassed” Over Transgender Research. But don’t leap to any conclusions. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
In theory, science is about free inquiry and challenging long-held assumptions in a search for the truth. In practice, it’s often driven by unproven assumptions, faulty frameworks, and political correctness. A recent letter in the Guardian (a UK publication), signed by over 100 academics in a vast range of scientific disciplines, expresses their concern over the “suppression of proper academic analysis and discussion of the social phenomenon of transgenderism.”
This is the letter he’s talking about: Academics are being harassed over their research into transgender issues. We don’t try to keep up with what’s going on in social science, but it appears that the letter is from a group that disagrees with mainstream social scientists. It says: “[W]e have submitted to the consultation a number of letters, outlining, as individuals, concerns about the introduction of self-ID for gender reassignment.” Hambo supports them and says:
The letter expresses the concerns these academics have about scientific freedom in research, particularly regarding the issue of gender. They claim members of their group have faced harassment and attempts to censor their research simply because others don’t agree with the results and conclusions of the research.
Hambo feels their pain and he tells us:
Of course, such discrimination and harassment is nothing new to creationists — highly qualified creation scientists have suffered from such things for decades. [Yes, and it’s an outrage!] For example, AiG’s Dr. Andrew Snelling, a highly qualified geologist, was denied permits to remove rocks from the Grand Canyon simply because of his creationist beliefs. Praise the Lord, the case was settled out of court in his favor (on the basis of 1st amendment rights) and he was able to do his research.
We remember that — see AIG’s Grand Canyon Lawsuit Is Settled. Hambo continues:
Many people view science as a neutral discipline but it is not. [Gasp!] Everyone comes to their research with a set of assumptions they use to interpret what they find. And the logical conclusions of the research are often rejected, ignored, or, in many cases, never even considered if they don’t align with the mantra of the day (e.g. an old earth/universe, biological evolution/man caused climate change, etc.).
It’s so unfair! Let’s read on:
In the social sciences, research critical of popular ideas regarding gender is, according to these academics, at risk of suppression, censorship, or the loss of critical grant money.
Just like creationists! Another excerpt:
This should be a reminder that the research published in scientific journals isn’t the final answer on anything. It’s subject to change — and there may be competing ideas or interpretations that never saw the light of day because they didn’t agree with the status quo!
Does Hambo imagine an alliance between creation science and this minority in social science? Who knows? Here’s how he ends his post:
Our only source for absolute, unchanging truth is God’s Word. And God’s Word plainly teaches we were created male and female, in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
We can’t figure out where Hambo thinks he’s going with this. Can you, dear reader?
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