We often encounter rage and rants from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. That often surprises us because this country has been so good to him. He’s had remarkable success in building his creationist empire in Kentucky, which consists not only of his mind-boggling Creation Museum, but also his exact replica of Noah’s Ark known as Ark Encounter.
But today, Hambo is happy. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Good News in the Fight to Keep Religious Freedom in America. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Most of what we hear and see on the news is bad. That’s certainly true for issues regarding freedom of religion and the free exercise of religion (Christianity) in America. [Gasp! In America?] It seems every week there’s a new attack on Christian freedoms (including around the world, often in very horrific ways). But there was recently some good news on this front [link omitted], and it’s right here in Kentucky, the state where we’re located.
We’ve got your curiosity aroused, so let’s find out why Hambo is excited. His news link is to a religious website. Here’s the news from NBC: Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses gay pride T-shirt case. Hambo says:
The Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the Christian owner of a T-shirt print shop, Hands On Originals Christian Outfitters. He had declined to print T-shirts for a “pride” festival in Kentucky because of his religious beliefs. Unsurprisingly, the group that requested the T-shirts sued for discrimination. This case has been in the courts for seven years and has finally been settled by the state’s Supreme Court.
Hambo is thrilled. He tells us:
One of the justices wrote this opinion about the case,
Hands On was in good faith objecting to the message it was being asked to disseminate . . . forcing free and independent individuals to endorse ideas they find objectionable is always demeaning.
Fair enough — although printing up some T-shirts isn’t quite the same as “endorsing” the message on the shirts. Or is it? Anyway, Hambo continues:
As is often the case in these situations, the owner of this print shop does not discriminate against homosexuals themselves (he even has homosexual employees). [That’s interesting.] But he will not violate his conscience by printing a message he disagrees with.
Okay, we get it. Let’s read on:
Christianity isn’t just something you believe. God’s Word shapes not only our thoughts and beliefs but also our actions and attitudes. It impacts how we live!
It certainly impacts how Hambo lives. Here’s another excerpt:
Many LGBT activists are trying to change the definition of religious freedom so that it no longer applies to the public sphere, something like “you can believe whatever you want, but you can’t act on what you believe.”
That’s fuzzy. We’re not sure what Hambo has in mind regarding the public sphere. Does it include government? They’re not supposed to get involved in religion — one way or another — but we get the impression that Hambo would like them to be actively supporting his beliefs and enterprises, and preventing criticism. Sorry, Hambo, it doesn’t work like that. Anyway, here’s a bit more:
What we believe determines how we live, and we should have the freedom to live out our convictions.
Not without limitations, Hambo. You can’t violate the rights of others — even if you think your religion tells you to do so. And now we come to the end:
We’re thankful for this good news in the courts and continue to pray for more good news as Christians, and Christian groups fight to protect the precious liberties we enjoy here in America.
So there you have it, dear reader. The T-shirt guy wins, the gays lose, and Hambo is happy. Make of it what you will.
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