Hambo and the Atheist Conference

This is a real mind-bender from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s posted at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Anti-Christian Convention in Cincinnati? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The American Atheists will be holding their annual convention in Cincinnati April 18–21, 2019.

Egad! Cincinnati isn’t far from Hambo’s replica of Noah’s Ark. This is horrible! Hambo says:

They state the following about their convention:

This convention welcomes families with children and expects all participants to treat these families with courtesy and respect. Parents or guardians bringing children are responsible for their children’s behavior.

Amazing! Hambo must be red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around chewing the carpet. He continues:

But then they declare: “Parents or guardians should be aware not all sessions may be suitable for children.” So maybe it’s not so family friendly after all. [Aha!] And, actually, from the atheists’ perspective, why do they draw any lines regarding what is supposedly “suitable” or not for children? Atheists have no basis for any moral statements except their own subjective opinions — which will vary from atheist to atheist.

He’s right! Those hell-bound wretches have no moral standards at all. It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah — and you know what happened to them! Hambo tells us:

Then right after AA’s statement about the supposed “family friendly event,” they also state that the conference is an: LGBTQ FRIENDLY EVENT [Gasp!] They state:

To ensure that all members of the atheist community are welcome at our conventions, American Atheists is consciously working to create a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community. One way of acknowledging transgender people’s needs and experiences is to designate a number of restrooms gender inclusive, which we will do with educational signs. [Link omitted.]

We can’t imagine Hambo’s thoughts about such things, but he announces his official reaction:

I do want to state that we at Answers in Genesis show no animosity towards people in the LGBTQ movement [Of course not!] But we cannot condone their worldview, which Scripture clearly teaches is sin and is against God’s created genders (Genesis 1:27) and the true meaning of marriage (Matthew 19: 4–7) — and it’s against biological realities (such as sex-determining chromosomes) whether you believe God’s Word or not! Sadly, though, when Christians take such a stand based on Scripture, many atheists falsely accuse us of being homophobic.

False accusations — how unfair! He continues:

Increasingly in this world, I find that standing boldly on Scripture regarding such issues is wrongly deemed by many atheists as hatred against the people with whom we disagree. Christians are to love their neighbors — but love also means pointing out to others what Scripture teaches is sin.

It’s not hate; it’s love! Let’s read on:

Many atheists have vehemently opposed Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter. [The fools!] A local atheist group has conducted a protest outside the Ark Encounter gates on three occasions and claims that as a Christian attraction that is receiving a sales-tax incentive (available to all tourist attractions in Kentucky that fulfill the requirements) and tax deductible donations, AiG should not be allowed to hire only people who agree with our mission.

We’re written about that before. As a religious organization, Hambo’s ministry shouldn’t be receiving all the tax goodies it’s been getting — see A Summary of Ark Park Financial Gimmicks. Hambo disagrees:

But the American Atheist organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, thus also receiving financial benefit, such as tax exemptions from the government … .

Yes, but being exempt from paying taxes is not the same as receiving money from the government. Skipping some nit-picking, he declares:

Of course, you only have to look at major atheist websites and Facebook accounts, Twitter feeds, etc., to understand that their primary “criticism” is of Christianity. In fact, it’s not just “criticism.” Such posts are full of blasphemy [Gasp!], hatred against Christians (just see atheists’ tweets about me as an example), sexual perversion (if judged against Christian morality — atheists have no basis for morality except their subjective opinions), mocking of God, expletives, and the list goes on. What we can say for sure is that many of these atheists are Christophobic or Christianophobic. And no doubt those who attend this “family friendly” event at the Cincinnati Hilton hotel will hear such attacks on the Christian faith.

Intolerable! They should be lashed — in a loving way, of course — and then herded into re-education camps. Here’s one more excerpt:

If atheists were truly conducting a “criticism of religion,” they would be criticizing their own religion, as atheism is a religion. [Groan!] They believe all life came about by natural processes. [Hee hee!] Atheists believe there is no God to whom they’re accountable. They believe the Bible is a book of mythology. Their convention really is an anti-Christian convention because, as Jesus said, you’re either for him or against him. (Matt 12:30)

The rest of Hambo’s post is about a conference he’s promoting — to teach The Truth. You can click over there to read about if it you like, but this is where we leave him, righteously ranting about the atheists.

Your Curmudgeon is aloof from all of this. We don’t align with either organization, because the Cosmic Aardvark satisfies our spiritual needs. But it’s amusing to see how they react to each other.

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14 responses to “Hambo and the Atheist Conference

  1. Michael Fugate

    Here’s what happens if you take you kids to the atheist conference:

  2. “but love also means pointing out to others what Scripture teaches is sin”
    With at least one big exception of course: naturalist materialist athiest evilutionist commienazis, ie the folks who tend to dominate this nice blog* pointing out to Ol’Hambo that he’s lying about Evolution Theory.

    “because, as Jesus said, you’re either for him or against him.”
    And Ol’Hambo being third in rank (immediately after the Son and the Holy Spirit) being against him means being against Ol ‘Hambo.

    “We don’t align with either organization.”
    Doesn’t work, dear SC. The note that immediately follows underneath also applies to worshippers of the Cosmic Aardvark. You’re just a naturalist etc. commienazi like me.

    * Remember: those who call themselves christians but still refuse to accept Ol’Hambo’s explanations also belong to this category,

    The group of pigs of course.

  4. Michael Fugate

    And Happy Solstice everyone! The reason for the season. If you are in the northern hemisphere make sure to appease the gods in the appropriate way to ensure the return of the sun. Although with climate change ….

  5. Michael Fugate

    If one had never read the Bible and were to believe social conservatives, then one would conclude that after the 1st 10 chapters of Genesis the rest only discussed abortion, divorce and gay marriage. No Sermon on the Mount, no parable of the Good Samaritan, no Mary and Martha, etc. – just a rant against a select subset of sins involving sex.

  6. Ashley Haworth-roberts

    According to Ham on his Facebook page today: ” If atheists were truly conducting a “criticism of religion,” they would be criticizing their own religion, as atheism is a religion. They believe all life came about by natural processes. Atheists believe there is no God to whom they’re accountable. They believe the Bible is a book of mythology. Their convention really is an anti-Christian convention because, as Jesus said, you’re either for him or against him. (Matt 12:30).”

    There you have it. And he also wants those atheists to attend his conference next April.

  7. I’m sure Hambo can’t understand this, but I, an atheist, don’t ignore just his favorite god, I ignore all of them. (Although I must admit I rather like Ganesha, since he’s so cute.) And if any one of the thousands of religions came up with any evidence that their favorite god actually exists, I might consider it. (I do think that the probability that any religion ever will is indistinguishable from zero to a large number of decimal places.)

  8. Michael Fugate

    If you want to read the blather of a self-proclaimed “social conservative intellectual”, have at it. Given that he is Israeli, I gather his knowledge of US history isn’t quite up to par.

  9. Wow, MichaelF, that’s a cute example of circular reasoning you linked to. We first we must take note that according to his definition both our dear SC and I, despite our not exactly small political differences, both are liberals (from my viewpoint our dear SC is an incurable conservative, but my viewpoint of course is not exactly the global standard).

    “the liberal system has brought about the dissolution of these fundamental traditional institutions”
    That dissolution is a bad thing, hence the liberal system is a bad thing hence we have an argument against that dissolution.

    “The authority of government derives from constitutional traditions known, through the long historical experience of a given nation, to offer stability, well-being, and freedom.”
    BWAHAHAHAHA! His knowledge of English (we won’t talk European continental) history isn’t exactly up to par either. It’s as if the Glorious Revolution never happened. Btw one of his heroes, Edmund Burke, was a strong supporter of the American Revolution.

    “the Anglo-American conservative tradition that was the basis for the restoration of the English constitution in 1689”
    BWAHAHAHAHA! He’s talking about the Glorious Revolution! One guy strongly involved was the very same John Locke whose tradtion (of liberalism) he just rejected.

    “This term was apparently first popularized in central Europe in the 1920s”
    BWAHAHAHAHA! It was the result of Universal Suffrage, something conservatives in general opposed until they had no choice after WW-1.

    “the repeated collapse of liberal constitutions in places such as Mexico, France”
    BWAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, France has been unstable several times – that happens when your country gets invaded three times in 70 years. The current French political system is very, very similar to the American one. French democracy has survived since Emperor Napoleon III was defeated. Not to mention that the UK doesn’t have a constitution at all.

    “Conservatives, on the other hand, recognize that different societies are held together and kept at peace in different ways,”
    BWAHAHAHAHA! If this guy means what he says he’s also a fan of North-Korean communism.

  10. Michael Fugate

    Thanks for laughing along FrankB!

  11. As far as American tradition, I note that the Declaration of Independence says that the authority stems from the consent of the governed.
    BRW, the first in the list of the grievances in the DoI against the King is that he has not given his assent to necessary laws.

  12. Cymro yn Iwerddon

    Not true that the UK has no constitution, it just doesn’t have a single written document that enshrines its constitution. Officially the constitution is found in legislation over the centuries – not very convenient admittedly! Maybe when Brexit delivers an independent Scotland and a united Ireland, the remaining rump might actually get their act together and produce a single written constitution….

  13. Ashley Haworth-roberts

    Though such debates can be won, as in 2014, I kind of get it when people say you cannot have a rational discussion with a young earth creationist about many scientific topics – since they have even brainwashed themselves against facts and evidence: http://forums.bcseweb.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2967&p=52335&hilit=certain#p52335

  14. They should be lashed — in a loving way, of course — and then herded into re-education camps.

    No, no. “Redemption” camps.