It’s interesting to see how religious folks react to the coronavirus pandemic. We have no problem with denominations that don’t reject science, like those in the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution. But the creationists are exhibiting some very different reactions.
Some are totally crazed, insisting that their faith will protect them, and urging their followers to assemble and pray with the whole congregation, and to ignore advice about social distancing and staying at home. They are the true believers, and they will experience the consequences — divine or otherwise. Some are not so crazed, which suggests that — deep down — they’re really charlatans. But your Curmudgeon doesn’t want to be judgmental. You can decide for yourself, dear reader, as they follow the advice of the science community, all the while insisting that scientists are wicked, hell-bound Darwinists.
Let’s see how you classify 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. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: COVID-19’s Impact on AiG and a Biblical Response by Ken Ham. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I wanted to give you an update on the status of the Answers in Genesis ministry as we go through the coronavirus situation. As you know, we had to temporarily close the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum to the public. … As a result, our income has dropped markedly. At first we made significant expense cuts in an effort to protect our staff positions as we were hopeful we could open again by April 2. But as time went on, not only did we realize any re-opening date would be much further in the future but also we heard many conflicting reports that made it impossible to predict a new opening date.
Egad — Hambo’s creationist empire is closed? This is an outrage! He says:
Because of this, we have had to make the very distressing decision to temporarily lay off the majority of our staff to protect the financial stability of the ministry [Gasp!] and provide them the opportunity to seek unemployment and other state benefits. [Going on the dole is an opportunity?] … We have to do our best to protect the ministry for the future, knowing God is in control — but he expects us to be responsible with what he’s entrusted to us.
That’s a rosy way to look at it, but the fact remains that ol’ Hambo has just laid off most of his employees. We always assumed that Yahweh (or the intelligent designer — blessed be he!) would do a better job of looking after his faithful followers. This is very disappointing. After giving us that news, Hambo tells us:
Most of our mailings to supporters have been stopped or greatly reduced. [We haven’t noticed.] It takes time to produce and print a letter and organize its mailing. Instead, if there are any updates concerning an opening date, we will post those on our websites and social media. As you can imagine, it will also take time to ramp up once we are allowed to open — and who knows what restrictions the Government may impose on us. These are very trying times.
If any of you can help us financially in any way, we would certainly appreciate it. [The check’s in the mail! Or maybe not. These are confusing times.] Regardless, I wanted to share with you what the coronavirus situation has done for me personally. [Ooooooooooooh!] As I pondered what was happening, the coronavirus crisis gives me eleven reminders.
What follows is a long — very long — list of items you may want to read. To help you decide, here’s the first of those eleven item:
1. Reminds Me of Our Mortality: So many people right now are fearful of dying. Now, don’t get me wrong: we need to do our best to look after our health and protect our families, but this situation should remind us that ultimately, death comes to all. … The overriding issue is that people need to be saved! Yes, what we see happening around us is alarming from a human perspective, but Christians shouldn’t fear death. They should be helping those who do fear it hear the most vital message of all time: the saving gospel. … Certainly, we need to be responsible in looking after ourselves, but it’s important to be reminded that God is in control regarding when someone dies.
Great stuff, huh? Wanna read the other ten items? Sure you do! So click over to Hambo’s website and devour his words of wisdom. Then get back here and tell us all about it.
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