Hambo’s Response to Pat Robertson

Two weeks ago we wrote Pat Robertson Says the Earth Is Old. He had recently written an article saying the idea of the universe being only 6,000 years old is “nonsense.” As we reminded you then, Wikipedia says that Pat Robertson is:

an American media mogul, executive chairman, politician, televangelist and former Southern Baptist minister who advocates a conservative Christian fundamentalist ideology. He serves as chancellor and CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Naturally, we wondered about the reaction of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. We speculated that when he learned of this, he’d be red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around on the floor chewing the carpet. We ended by saying that “we await Hambo’s inevitable reaction.”

Since then we’ve heard that he’s been posting some vigorous tweets — or Facebook comments, or stuff like that — but we never visit those websites. We’ve been waiting for him to do something at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, and he has finally done so — but it’s not as spectacular as we were expecting.

Hambo just posted Ken Ham Featured in Decision Magazine. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Pat Robertson, of the TV show The 700 Club, recently made disparaging remarks against young earth creation (this is certainly not the first time he’s done so), calling it “nonsense” and “embarrassing,” affirming he believes the universe is over 14 billion years old. It’s sad to see so many Christian leaders compromising in this area.

Yes, it’s “sad.” Then he says:

And since we’re so often attacked, misrepresented, and even slandered by those in the media, I thought I would share with you something very positive — a refreshing article [Biblical Authority Rooted in Genesis] from Decision magazine of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. They recently interviewed me and profiled AiG and the Ark Encounter.

Whoa — that’s unexpected. As we said in Ken Ham and Billy Graham, which we wrote on the occasion of Billy Graham’s death:

In all the years that ol’ Hambo has been prancing around, speaking everywhere about creation science, he never met Billy Graham. Nor have we heard of any visits by Graham to Hambo’s infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, or to Ark Encounter, an exact replica of Noah’s Ark. How is that possible?

Then we quoted from an interview Graham gave, where he was quite explicit that “The Bible is not a book of science.” In other words, Graham wasn’t a young Earth creationist in the way that Hambo is, so they never met. But now that Graham is gone, the organization he founded seems to be moving in a different direction.

Hambo quotes extensively from that article — which praises him — and that’s all he has to say. It’s nothing of any substance regarding the age of the Earth and the universe, yet that’s his response to Pat Robertson. It’s not at all what we were expecting, but this is his “proof” that Robertson is wrong. Make of it what you will, dear reader.

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11 responses to “Hambo’s Response to Pat Robertson

  1. My spies based in the Lake of Fire (well, just my mum, really) report that flyers are already pinned up on billboards all over the place, advertising a special guest appearance by Pat Robertson — “…for one eternity only!” — in the next ten years, or so.

    I dunno, maybe it’s all part of some cultural exchange program between Heaven and Hell. Don’t be surprised if you see Richard Dawkins make an unannounced stopover in Paradise, signing copies of his latest memoir for all the star-struck Christian after-lifers (who hate his guts, but just can’t help themselves when it comes to fawning over celebrities).

  2. Off-topic, but I wonder about Christians naming ministeries after themselves, like the Billy Graham such-and-such. I know that Catholics have been naming things after mere descedents of Adam, but Papists have their own peculiar ways. But the Lutherans name their whole religion after a man. Isn’t Jesus the sole focus?

  3. “Compromising” is Hambo’s code word for heresy. Which of course he shall never do. Fake arks for everyone. The park is going to end up an abandoned and bizarre artifact of his peculiar brand of fundamentalist wackadoodleness.
    Once it goes upside down on profitability it should go through a series of downsizings and reductions (Yes I just conjured up the term wackadoodleness). Very descriptive I think.
    Imagine walking through the fake ark in 20 or 30 years when its been closed for a while and is silently molding over enshrined in the countryside of rural Kentucky. It could be repurposed as a paintball site.!! And the front desk area could be a Dairy Queen. What a legacy to leave behind..

  4. “It’s sad to see so many Christian leaders compromising in this area.”
    As a staunch unbeliever I totally agree with Ol’Hambo on this point. It’s so sad to see Ol’Hambo compromising by not unconditionally promoting Flat Earth Theory, pi = 3 and bats are birds. ‘Cuz Bible! Whenever one of these topics show up Ol’Hambo uses exactly the same tactic as Robber Pat regarding the age of our Universe. As Keith Relf, Ronnie James Dio and Liz Mitchell used to sing: So Still I’m Sad!

  5. @TomS: I’m not sure if it were lutherans and calvinists themselves who started to name themselves that way or that their names were introduced by outsiders. What I do know is that there is no Calvinist Church in The Netherlands; calvinist/contraremonstrant churches always have some variation of Reform in their name, like Hervormd, Gereformeerd, Reformatorisch etc. So naming a denomination after the founder (with the notable exception of lutherans) seems to be an American fundagelical hobby. That’s unsurprising, as vanity is the favourite sin of those people.

  6. @FrankB
    BTW, isn’t it a bit uncomfortable for certain countries, given their history, to label a poltical party as “Christian”. I presume that they are not, as a matter of fact, anti-non-Christian, but still.

  7. FrankB, not entirely true. Centirieds ago Dutch, German and Swiss groups took the names of their leaders, Mennonites, Hutterires and Amish.

  8. @TomS: “isn’t it a bit uncomfortable for certain countries”
    Neither for The Netherlands

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Democratic_Appeal
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Union_(Netherlands)

    nor for Germany.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Democratic_Union_of_Germany
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Social_Union_in_Bavaria

    @DouglasE: The Dutch name for Mennonites is Doopsgezinden. Even without understanding any Dutch you’ll have to admit that the name Menno is not recognizable. While founder Menno Simons was Frisian (Frisia was still more or less independent when he was born) he started his religious movement (pacifist anabaptism) in Germany after fleeing Frisia.
    If any there always have been precious few Hutterites (never heard of them until today) and Amish (only know about them because of that Harrison Ford movie) in my native country.
    But you’re right, the habit seems to be common in Central Europe as well. Besides the Hutterites and the Amish there are also the Hussites from Czechia. So thanks for correcting my error.
    Now I wonder about England and Scotland protestant denominations.

  9. Eric Lipps

    My God, Pat Robertson’s still alive? And ridiculing young-earth creationism, at that!

    And then there’s this about Alabama’s new abortion law, which I’d have expected him to cheer.

    Pat Robertson sounding almost rational? What did they do with the pod?

  10. Eric Lipps

    Er . . . my link didn’t go through. Trying again, “this” means
    this.

  11. Sorry, EricL, your second attempt has failed too. But hey, as we Dutch say, three times is marine law.