Creationist Wisdom #1,051: Race Problem Solved

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Herald-News of Joliet, Illinois. It’s titled We’re all equal under God. The newspaper doesn’t have a comments section.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Ray, and this is the second time we’ve written about one of his letters. For the first, see #1,001: A Hambo Visitor. Excerpts from his new letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

Last year my wife and I went to see the ARK Encounter [We know, he already told us!], which is located off I-75 in Williamstown, Kentucky. I cannot say enough about our visit. It was unbelievable and definitely worth the adventure.

Ooooooooooooh! It was an adventure! Then he says:

Along with the ark, we were fortunate to catch a presentation by the creator of the ARC [sic] Encounter.

Wowie — Ray actually got to see a presentation by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. What an amazing experience that must have been! He tells us:

He spoke of how God created all of us equal and pointed out that there is no difference between us and demonstrated this by pointing to his face and asked how many of you think I am white? [Huh?] Many of us held up our hands.

What kind of a goof-ball question is that? Ray continues:

He then took a piece of white construction paper and placed it by his face and said “No, this is white.” It was obviously much whiter than his face.

*Groan* Okay, Hambo’s point was that humans aren’t snow-white. That’s not very shocking, but Ray seems to have been amazed. Let’s read on:

He then held up a piece of black construction paper and held it by his face. Obviously it was much blacker then any of my brown or black friends.

Same point as before. Now what? It all comes together in the rest of Ray’s letter. Here ya go:

His point is that we are all merely different shades of the same color. All equal under God.

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant! You agree, don’t you, dear reader?

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8 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #1,051: Race Problem Solved

  1. I do hope that when Ham joined ICR in 1987, he pointed out to its president, Henry Morris, how erroneous Morris had been regarding race in his 1977 book The Beginning of the World, for which see

    Though, to be fair, Ham does teach that racism is fundamentally wrong

  2. Karl Goldsmith

    Ken loves his, I can’t be racist because everyone is the same colour shtick.

  3. Michael Fugate

    “Though, to be fair, Ham does teach that racism is fundamentally wrong”

    That is pretty much the bare minimum. Most of what he is doing is not leading to a more equitable society. He is working to subvert public schools and education is a great equalizer – reducing crime and poverty. Every minute school boards and legislatures waste on creationism is a loss to education. He is working to subvert science and trust lost will be difficult to regain. He is actively working against gender and sexual orientation equal rights. Legitimizing discrimination against women and LGBTQ+ feeds into the discrimination against BIPOC. It sets up a hierarchy of cascading inequality. Anti-racist, he is not.

    And he could point out this hierarchy has been there from the beginning…
    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    One would have thought “people” would have meant humans, but it didn’t. The struggle for inclusion remains even now. He could use his network to encourage people to be more reflective about their biases – but reflection and creationism are not compatible. You can’t eliminate racism by claiming we are all “one” color. As useless and unhelpful as claiming one is “not-racist”.

  4. Theodore Lawry

    At the risk of repeating myself “White Lies Matter!”

  5. Unfortunately, this seems to say that the Bible is wrong in Song of Solomon 1:5-6.

  6. “Last year my wife and I went to see the ARK Encounter […]. It was unbelievable]”. Even Ray though it was unbelievable.

  7. chris schilling

    All construction paper is equal.

    The Christian alt-right, however, believe some construction paper is more equal than others. They’re far from persuaded that Black Paper Matters.

    Jesus didn’t come to bring peace, but a pair of scissors, to divide some paper from others. I’m pretty sure it says that in Matthew, or somewhere.

  8. Michael Fugate

    Pence has no trouble saying zygote lives matter and blastula lives matter, but chokes on saying Black lives matter. Not clear if he even considers women alive.