City Trip to Hambo’s Museum & Ark Is Cancelled!

This is a good one in the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website.” We don’t see any comments section. Their headline is Illinois town cancels trip to Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter, Creation Museum after atheists file complaint. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

An Illinois town has canceled a trip to the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky after one of the nation’s leading atheist legal groups filed a complaint. [Gasp!] The Freedom From Religion Foundation [FFRF], a Wisconsin-based group that advocates for a strict separation of church and state, is hailing victory after the city of Charleston, Illinois, nixed plans for a community trip to see the creationist exhibits.

We can’t imagine the outrage felt by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Hambo is famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark known as Ark Encounter.

The Christian Post says:

The trip was planned by the town’s parks and recreation department [Wonderful folks!] and was scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, 2019. According to a flyer, the trip would have cost each resident who wanted to go $575. The price included transportation, lodging, admission to the “new” and “stunning” Ark Encounter and admission to the “famous” Creation Museum. … Additionally, the trip included visits to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and a riverboat sightseeing cruise.

Verily, a magnificent expedition! We’re told:

In a letter sent to Charleston city attorney Rachel Cunningham on Monday, FFRF Ryan Jane argued that the trip violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Jane contended that it’s a “fundamental principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that the government might not promote, advance or otherwise endorse religion.”

You can read the letter here. It’s titled “Unconstitutional City-sponsored religious trip.” But a scrap of paper like the US Constitution is nothing compared to the divinely ordained mission of ol’ Hambo. He has often said so — see Hambo’s War on the Constitution. Let’s read on:

FFRF reported in a news release that Cunningham responded to Jane’s letter on Tuesday, assuring him that the planned event had been canceled and the flyer promoting the trip had been removed from the city’s website and online registration portal.

Egad — the city caved in! Ol’ Hambo must be furious! Another excerpt:

The Christian Post reached out to Cunningham [the city attorney] for confirmation and explanation as to why that the trip had been canceled. [It’s unfathomable!] A response is pending.

“It’s laudable that the city took quick action to remedy this situation,” FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement. [Such arrogance!] “Charleston has sent the message that they value and welcome all citizens, regardless of their religion.”

Skipping a recital of other actions taken by FFRF, the Christian Post ends with this:

This is not the first time the FFRF has pressured a town to cancel a planned trip to the Answers in Genesis exhibits. In February 2017, the Christiansburg Recreation Center in Virginia canceled a trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum after an FFRF complaint.

Ol’ Hambo is probably rolling around on the floor, foaming at the mouth and chewing the carpet. We look forward to his response.

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14 responses to “City Trip to Hambo’s Museum & Ark Is Cancelled!

  1. “We look forward to his response.”

    Since this cancellation involves a loss of income for the HAMster, I fully expect his response to include the equivalent of “gawd needs money”.

  2. Gwyllm Griffiths

    There is indeed a comments section there, at Christian Post. Fairly lively, too.

  3. I see the icon, but I can’t get it to work.

  4. I’m pleased to see that my membership money is being well used and, as important, is causing Ham some anguish.

  5. I get the comments section automatically. A particularly funny one:

    – FFRF saved a bunch of Charleston’s resident’s pockets from being “enlightened”.

    In the meantime my native country has adopted a truly American cultural icon.

  6. Karl Goldsmith

    As Christian Post is one of his news sources I’m surprised he hasn’t yet tweeted about it.

  7. Gwyllm Griffiths

    Their Comments icon doesn’t seem functional. But you can access the comments section simply by scrolling down to it, beneath the article.

  8. Holding The Line In Florida

    @FrankB. Now that is truly marvelous! A true example of what MAGA really should mean! Make Addams Great Again!

  9. I’m sure Mr. Ham will respond with Christian humility and charity.

    (Picks self up off the floor after laughing hysterically for several minutes.)

  10. If Hambo responds at all, it’ll be another rant against his “secularist” enemies. It helps to raise money if he tells his followers that he’s battling the devil.

  11. “Do I detect the smell of burning martyr?”

  12. FFRF isn’t atheist per se. It’s, as the article later says correctly, for the separation of church and state. So that a science-respecting Catholic doesn’t get hamstringed (pun intended) by an arch-conservative faction of religious zealots.

  13. Karl Goldsmith

    Three tweets today by Ken all linking to the article. Here are the first two.
    “FFRF atheists (like liberals in politics) bully/threaten to impose their religion on the culture. Their anti-Christian zealotry causes secularists to grossly twist the First Amendment and then scare people with a misinterpretation of the First Amendment”
    “FFRF are a small group of religious bigots. If people don’t have the courage to stand up to their bullying, we’ll continue to lose the free exercise of religion (specially Christianity) in this nation. Stand up to these anti-Christian religious zealots”

  14. Yes, the local Rec dept. shouldn’t be doing this. Seems like if someone has an idea for a trip to the Ark they could work through one of the local churches.