Hambo Unleashes Awesome Power

This was shaping up to be the worst weekend for news we’ve ever seen, but then we spotted what may be the story of the century. As you would expect, 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.

Ol’ Hambo just posted this: AiG Attends National Day of Prayer Leadership Summit. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

We were thrilled to be able to sponsor the National Day of Prayer Leadership Summit, which met October 29–30, 2018, at Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas.

If Hambo is thrilled, so are we. Then he says:

The gathering included the 8 regional directors [of what?] for the US, as well as representatives [of what?] from all 50 states.

What an impressive gathering! Hambo tells us:

The mission of the National Day of Prayer leadership is to mobilize unified public prayer in America in every town, every city, and every county.

Wow — all that supernatural power mobilized at the same time! He continues:

The Leadership Summit was characterized by heart-felt worship, gospel-centered preaching, and sincere prayer on behalf of the nation.

The mind boggles! Let’s read on:

We’re thankful we were able to be there with a booth promoting the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum.

Why? All those holy people in attendance should have already had lifetime passes. Another excerpt:

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President of the National Day of Prayer, shared the very timely theme for the 2019 observance: “Love One Another” — “Love one another, just as I have loved you” [scripture reference].

Very nice. Hambo’s post ends with this:

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2, 2019. You can learn more about this event at [link and scripture quote omitted].

And so, dear reader, if you felt a disturbance in The Force during that meeting, now you know the cause. Hambo should have warned us in advance, so we could have been prepared.

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24 responses to “Hambo Unleashes Awesome Power

  1. Karl Goldsmith

    Ken Ham has an Op Ed piece to claim the Ark attendance is wrong, it’s all about the money not number of tickets sold. Remember when they see the income in the first year, they added $8.00 to adult tickets. The Crosswater Canyon service revenue has always been zero, so the latest 990 shows $32,606,246 this has to be first year income from the Ark.
    https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article221456570.html

  2. There’s no evidence that prayer actually works, but I suppose in a social setting it might have some positive aspects. I’d rather see praying politicians do something tangible instead.

  3. Scientist says: ” I’d rather see praying politicians do something tangible instead.”

    While they’re praying, they’re not doing any damage.

  4. Holding The Line In Florida

    “And so, dear reader, if you felt a disturbance in The Force during that meeting, now you know the cause. Hambo should have warned us in advance, so we could have been prepared.” Our SC boldly proclaimed. Hmmm, now I have time to think on it, seems like I did suffer from a gastric issue that day…….

  5. Oh, the poor folks hate the rich folks
    And the rich folks hate the poor folks
    All of my folks hate all of your folks
    It’s American as apple pie

    But during,
    National Brotherhood Week
    National Brotherhood Week…

    Boo! Hiss! Nasty cynical Jews from the ’50’s and ’60’s, making fun of American values. Why don’t they try bringing people together in love and prayer and guns, instead of mocking everything sacred?

  6. Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President of the National Day of Prayer, shared the very timely theme for the 2019 observance: “Love One Another” — “Love one another, just as I have loved you”

    One wonders if nationalist Trump and all of his Nationalist supporters (white or otherwise) will share Ronnie Floyd’s sentiments. We can only hope.

  7. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites
    are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

    But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    Matthew 6:5-6

    So, very Biblical of them.

  8. I’m sending them all my thoughts and prayers…. Ok I’m done.

  9. Why do I get the feeling that Cross Church (evocative name, that!) in Rogers, AR, is not exactly a centre of theological learning? Or any kind of learning?

  10. @Dave Luckett You can learn theological stuff? 😛 Theological learning = stuff that I made up that I like.

  11. @GreenPoisonFrog: Sure you can. Most of it consists of trying to resolve inherent contradictions within the source material. But this is at least conducive to rigorous thought and at the same time, imagination. There are worse things to be doing with a mind.

  12. @Scientist bodly claims: “There’s no evidence that prayer actually works”
    And for once I totally agree with our dear SC on politics:

    “While they’re praying, they’re not doing any damage.”
    This especially applies to Donald the Clown, voted into the White House by …..

  13. @Dave:

    How much bearing does theology really have on reality as most of us perceive and actually experience it, as opposed to those conditioned to accept theology’s basic terms and premises to begin with?

    I ask, because theology seems to take place somewhere off in its own little universe; self-contained, feeding off of itself. This adds up — for some of us, at least — to a form of intellectual onanism. And I for one get pretty damn tired of hearing (from the likes of Ed Feser, et.al.) that you need to immerse yourself in Aquinas, or Augustine, or whoever, for decades before you can possibly have the temerity to criticize or refute it.

    Maybe all that stuff is — or was — traditionally part of a well-rounded education. But life is short, or moves quicker, now. Do we have time to spare acquiring knowledge that may well be fundamentally useless? Are we worse off for not taking the time now to learn this stuff?

    I dunno’, I’m just throwin’ out random thoughts.

  14. gawd says “Love One Another” — “Love one another, just as I have loved you”! I’ve seen the psychotic LOVE you give to so many, so I’ll take the hate! Assuming you are real!

  15. @ChrisS: The same question might be asked of number theory. Or any of the more abstruse and remote mathematical disciplines. Intellectual rigour is its own justification. Closely reasoned argument from precisely defined premises is good training for any profession. And everyone should have a hobby.

    Theology of course becomes toxic as soon as authoritarianism raises its ugly head, and I readily concede that most any creationist is an authoritarian. Not every theist is one, though.

    Me, I always try to heed the advice of that agnostic philosopher Oliver Cromwell: “I beseech you in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you might be mistaken.”

  16. Regarding Hambo op ed piece: “While there are no public records of the Ark’s true total attendance a reporter can access, I can confirm that the Creation Museum (2007 opening) and the Ark Encounter (a July 2016 launch) have welcomed well over 6 million paid visitors.

    Please note that Hambo could release the records of the true total attendance, but chooses not to. The question is WHY?
    Then Hambo goes on to prove that the Ark isn’t struggling because he’s expanding it. Well with low overhead and sweetheart tax and real estate deals have made the Ark encounter a true anomaly in the business world: A failed exhibit that still makes money.

    As others have mentioned public prayer is condemned by the Christian gospels. I agree with this admonition of public prayer as well. My perception of them is that they are “horizontal prayers” that are merely for the vanity to other mortals in the room and aren’t sincere pleas of thanks, mercy, or requests from the Almighty.

    Of course the “National Day of Prayer” is especially beloved by Hambo and others in the religious right as it violates church-state separation. So not only do we get a lot of horizontal prayers, politicians can share in the charade. Nothing happens of course except everybody impresses everyone else with their piety.

  17. @Dave. What kind of intellectual discipline can be had from determining how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? There is no possibility of coming up with a proven conclusion and no true intellectual rigor is involved. Just a conclusion in search of anything that might prove it. At least number theory has the virtue of being based on numbers, something we know actually exists.

    @Troy As much as the left gets slammed by the right for their virtue signaling, all this praying in the open is just another form of virtue signaling and just as ridiculous.

  18. @Curmudgeon
    By your reasoning, which I agree with in spirit, one might wish the politicians would pray incessantly; ironically, that would keep them from foisting religion on the rest of us, including the teaching of creationism. There are, however, some positive things politicians as leaders can and should do, like making evidence-based decisions and rejecting conspiracy theories. They might also do well to build better roads and bridges and mitigate climate change. And maybe do something to prevent all the gun carnage.

  19. @Dave L., Green PF, Chris S., et al. — One very important aspect of theology and its study is the resolution of ethical questions —
    the non-oogity boogity area of theology, and the area that seems to be pretty much in agreement among the world’s major religions.

    At any rate, if we hope to live amicably among the nations of the world, we need to understand their customs, which are deeply intertwined and shaped by their religions. In other words, the study of theology is extremely important. Studying and understanding a religion is not the same as belief.

  20. @GPF: I would say the same intellectual discipline that applies to demonstrating that the sum of two positive integers raised to the nth power never equals any third positive integer also raised to the same power, for any value of n greater than 2. You can say that this is rigorously provable – but not by any observation of reality. Number theory, like theology, depends on very precise definition of terms – which is a useful intellectual skill on its own.

    The same applies to much of my own discipline, history. There are facts that are generally admitted, certainly, but questions like, “What was the character of Richard III?” or “Was the Civil War really fought mainly over slavery?” are endlessly discussed. I can tell you right now that, in your words, “There is no possibility of coming up with a proven conclusion”, but that it does not follow that “no true intellectual rigor is involved”. Are we to disdain the study of history on the same grounds that you disdain theology?

  21. I would distinguish the two simply by noting that we know there was a Civil War and I presume you can find some contemporary letters, documents, and so forth to support your conclusions, whatever they are. I think you might have a problem with finding the same type of evidence for Adam and Eve, Moses, and Abraham. There is plenty of evidence that it’s all made up. In fact, with the exception of the Gospels themselves there is scant, if any, evidence that there was a Jesus as recorded in the wholly holey holy Bible. Theology is baloney in and baloney out. If you consider that intellectually rigorous then I presume you would find arguing over whether unicorns were pink or light blue would be a topic worthy of study. I don’t.

  22. You contend that there is no evidential basis for positing the existence of God at all. I would largely, although not entirely agree – it would depend on exactly how you would define “evidence”. Surprise! We are now arguing theology.

  23. @Dave M-W says: “Definition of theology
    1 : the study of religious faith, practice, and experience
    especially : the study of God and of God’s relation to the world”

    From the standpoint of the first part of this definition, (“the study of….”), that looks an awful lot like history but it is totally independent on whether any god or gods exist. We can study that from actual evidence just like we can study the Civil War.

    But the part after “especially” is where most people would put theology and which is totally without any evidentiary basis. Before you get to argue the this part, you have to prove there is something to argue about. Good luck with that.

  24. Theology is not totally independent of the question of whether a God or gods exist. That is actually a question important to theology, and the subject of endless debate within it.

    As to the rest, I think you need to examine more closely your definition of “evidentiary basis”.