All our readers remember what Wikipedia calls the Bill Nye–Ken Ham debate. It was six years ago, in February of 2014. We wrote about it several times, including this on the day of the event: Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham — Live Debate Thread — which had almost 100 comments.
The image which adorns this post was used for that debate post. As we explained it then:
Displayed above is our specially-designed logo for the event, which represents our fear that Bill Nye will be bringing a slide rule to what may turn out to be a knife fight with Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, who runs the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, which will be the site of the debate.
You may recall that we opposed the debate, and hoped that Nye would be persuaded to forego the event — see Ken Ham to Debate Bill Nye — Big Mistake! But he ignored us and several others who gave similar advice. We later learned that Bill Nye will appear anywhere, with anyone — see Bill Nye & Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Aaaargh!
Although Hambo certainly lost the debate, he has never stopped promoting the thing and bragging that he won it. He was in full ballyhoo mode last year — see Five Years Since the Hambo-Bill Nye Debate. Now he’s doing it again, in this new post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Six Years Since the Ken Ham/Bill Nye Debate at the Creation Museum. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
It’s hard to believe it was already six years ago today that I stood on the stage in Legacy Hall at the Creation Museum, in front of an absolutely packed audience (tickets to the event sold out in minutes) made up of both creationists and evolutionists, to debate Bill Nye, TV’s “The Science Guy.” And, even though 2014 was a while ago now, I’m still hearing many testimonies [Testimonies!] of people who were impacted by that well-known debate, watched worldwide.
Were you “impacted” by the debate, dear reader? Neither were we. Anyway, Hambo then says:
When I’m out speaking or meeting guests at the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, I frequently hear from people who first heard of Answers in Genesis because of the 2014 debate. In the days leading up to the debate, it received wide media coverage and was a trending topic.
That’s what bothered us. Bill Nye, merely by his participation, generated enormous publicity for ol’ Hambo and his creationist tourist attractions, and Hambo continues to reminisce about his moment of glory:
Millions heard it was happening, and millions watched it live — or have watched the full YouTube video or the unedited DVD we made available. It’s truly had a massive impact! Millions of people have watched it over the years.
What was the impact? Creationists were drooling before, and they continue to drool afterwards. The rest of us haven’t had our minds changed. But Hambo remembers it as a magical evening. He tells us:
For me, the debate was so much more than an opportunity to talk about the book of Genesis or creation (as important as those topics are!). It was an opportunity, before millions of people, to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Was that part of the debate? We don’t remember it. Doesn’t matter. Hambo continues:
Ultimately, that’s what we’re on about here at Answers in Genesis. Our ultimate hope and prayer is that those who view our resources and visit our attractions are impacted for eternity with the only message that saves: the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to show that the history in God’s Word can be trusted, that the Bible is the ultimate authority and therefore the message of the gospel can also be trusted.
We doubt that the debate actually changed anyone’s mind. Let’s read on:
If you haven’t seen the debate yet, you can find the full version on YouTube [link omitted] or purchase the 4-DVD set [link omitted], including bonus features and a post-debate discussion I had withDr. Georgia Purdom.
He finishes with this:
And once you’ve watched it, you will want to watch the second debate [link omitted] — an informal but powerful exchange as I walked Bill Nye through the Ark Encounter right after the Ark opened in 2016.
We wrote about that event — see Bill Nye & Ken Ham — Together Again. Nye said Hambo’s ark was nonsensical, and Hambo claimed another victory, merely because Nye was there. The “science guy” still doesn’t realize that you can’t win when you associate with a creationist.
Anyway, Hambo is still claiming that the debate was a moment of creationist triumph and glory. We expect a similar post from him a year from now. It’ll never end.
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