This one popped up a week ago, but it was so weird that we ignored it. No longer. It’s by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. This is what he posted at Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Should We “Cancel” Charles Darwin? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Most people are familiar with the “group shaming” concept of “cancel culture.” [We aren’t!] It’s defined as “the popular practice of withdrawing support for (i.e., canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.” Well, as people “cancel” celebrities and organizations for various things, including supposed racist statements, why haven’t they “cancelled” Charles Darwin?
Have you ever heard of this “cancel culture” stuff, dear reader? Well, thanks to ol’ Hambo we know about it now. Then he quotes someone we never heard of:
A recent opinion piece by Peter Heck on the news site Disrn made this very argument — one I’ve been making in presentations and social media posts for a long time. Heck writes,
[Hambo quotes Heck:] Even by the most generous of measures, the intellectual and philosophical heritage of Charles Darwin is one of the most hideously racist legacies one can fathom. [Gasp!] And yet, his inherently racist dogma is not only presented in public schools across America, it is state and federal policy that every student in America demonstrate proficiency in understanding and applying his dangerous ideology.
We found a Wikipedia article about a science fiction writer by that name, but that can’t be the same guy — can it? Oh, wait — we also found a preacher by that name: Peter Heck. Okay, that’s cleared up. Now Hambo tells us:
Yes, there is hypocrisy among individuals and institutions who claim they’re against racism and remove statues or rename buildings — and yet exalt Darwin, a man who published in his book The Descent of Man and in various letters some of the most inherently racist material you could read! Of course, most people (including teachers and professors) have never read The Descent of Man or Darwin’s other writings.
Absolute hogwash, as we’ve explained many times before. See, e.g.: Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. For his next move, Hambo quote mines Stephen J. Gould — which is popular among creationists lately — and then continues:
Yes, Darwin’s ideas fueled racism. Hitler (and his idea of a superior race) used Darwin’s writings to justify what he did to the Jews and others.
Here’s yet another post of ours debunking that Hitler stuff: The Ultimate Hitler-Darwin Debunking. After yet another Darwin-racism claim from Hambo, we’re told:
Surely that alone should be enough to cause the “cancel culture” to ban Darwin from libraries, schools, and universities. But no! They won’t touch Darwin because he is like a god to them. Why? Well, his ideas give people a supposed justification to reject God and do whatever they want with sex, determine “right” and “wrong” for themselves, have an abortion, and so on. Ultimately, it’s a spiritual issue!
Isn’t this great? Let’s read on:
So if the inconsistent and hypocritical “cancel culture” is not the answer to racism, what is? How do we understand things like skin “color,” people groups, supposed “races,” racism, the origin of languages and cultures, cavemen, and more? Well, these and many more topics are covered in stunning exhibits at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, as well as in many of our books, resources, and curricula.
Had enough? We have, so although Hambo goes on a bit more, we’re done with this one. What did you think of it, dear reader?
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