For the last couple of days we’ve slogged through the Discoveroids’ opinion of racism — see, e.g.: Discoveroids Say Darwinists Must Be Racists. Now it’s the turn of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
This just appeared at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry: Is Racism a “Major Problem”? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Is racism still a major problem in America? According to a 2018 poll, 64% of Americans answer this question with a “yes!” An additional 30% say it still exists, but it’s not a major problem. Only 3% believe it no longer exists in this nation. Why is racism so tenaciously clinging on?
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know what Hambo says is the answer to that question? We have one spoiler for you. He will not offer anything from the bible, such as slave owners used to cite. For example, the Curse of Ham, about which Wikipedia says:
The explanation that black Africans, as the “sons of Ham”, were cursed, possibly “blackened” by their sins, was advanced only sporadically during the Middle Ages, but it became increasingly common during the slave trade of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The justification of slavery itself through the sins of Ham was well suited to the ideological interests of the elite; with the emergence of the slave trade, its racialized version justified the exploitation of African labour.
So if he ignores the bible, then how does ol’ Hambo explain racism? You already know, but let’s hear it from him. He says:
People point to many different issues, such as political or socioeconomic differences, in an attempt to explain what is, ultimately, a spiritual problem. Because the ultimate reason racism exists is simple — sin.
Ooooooooooooh! Then he tells us:
We’re all sinners in rebellion against our Creator. Sin clouds our thinking in every area—including how we see other people. That’s why we can see racism, in one form or another, all throughout history, right into the present. Sin affects every individual and every society.
What’s he saying — that racism isn’t Darwin’s fault? No, he’s not saying that. Here it comes:
A lot of the kind of racism that exists in many places in the US today is a legacy of Darwinian ideas. Many could still recall old high school textbooks, such as the 1914 version of A Civic Biology by George William Hunter, where students were taught that there are five races, “the highest type of all, the Caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.” Such ideas flow directly from an evolutionary view.
He’s just getting started. The creationist version of history continues, enhanced by a bit of quote-mining:
Such ideas flow directly from an evolutionary view. After all, Darwin, in his book The Descent of Man, wrote,
[Hambo quote-mines Darwin, with his ellipses and italics:] At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes . . . will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian [aborigine] and the gorilla (emphasis added).
Ghastly creationist trash! We quoted the full passage from Darwin and debunked the chopped-up version here: WorldNetDaily — Worthless Creationist Rag! Let’s read on:
If we don’t understand that racism is a spiritual problem, rooted in the wrong worldview (evolution) and the wrong kind of thinking (based on man’s fallible word), we ultimately won’t properly combat or defeat racism. It will just continue to rear its ugly head.
Then he goes on for several paragraphs, talking about Adam & Eve, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel, which leads him to this:
So God confused their language into many languages, forcing them to spread out and fill the earth (Genesis 11:7–9). This broke up the human gene pool and isolated families from one another. Soon, certain genetic characteristics that each group took with them became prominent within their group. This resulted in different people groups and cultures reflecting minor genetic variations such as skin shades (all the same basic color from a pigment called melanin), eye shapes, etc. But we’re all one race, descended from Adam and Eve.
All that diversity, including Pygmies, Eskimos, Vikings, Japanese, and Australian aborigines, comes from one little family that lived only 4,000 years ago. And were it not for Darwin, there would be no racism in the world.
That’s it, dear reader. Now you understand racism. Hambo doesn’t have quite the same approach as the Discoveroids, but they’re all opposed to evolution — and that’s what’s important.
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