The strangeness never ends at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
They just posted an article we don’t understand. It’s titled PETA: Insults Like “Pig,” “Sloth” Hurt Animals, and it was written by ol’ Hambo himself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Is insulting someone by calling them a “pig,” “sloth,” or “chicken” actually insulting animals? Well, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) seems to think so! [That’s a link to Fox News.] In a recent tweet, they shared an infographic with alternative words to common animal-based insults such as snake (try “jerk” instead), rat (“snitch”), or pig (“repulsive”). They ask that people use these alternatives because “using animals as insults perpetrates speciesism.”
Egad — we don’t want to be guilty of specisism. Hambo then quotes PETA:
Words can create a more inclusive world, or perpetuate oppression. Calling someone an animal as an insult reinforces the myth that humans are superior to other animals & justified in violating them. Stand up for justice by rejecting supremacist language.
What does Hambo think about “the myth that humans are superior to other animals”? He tells us:
The evolutionary underpinnings and biases of this organization are immediately obvious from the language used in their “animal insults” tweet. [Evolutionary underpinnings? Hee hee!] They believe humans are just “other animals,” no different from a snake, pig, or chicken (they even argue that to believe we are superior to these other creatures is “supremacist” thinking!). This comes from the naturalistic evolutionary worldview that we’re just animals with no more inherent value than a rat. After all, we all just got here by random, chance processes — and all life is supposedly related!
We don’t know what PETA thinks, but if that’s an example, it’s not exactly Darwinian. Hambo seems to agree, even though he disagrees with PETA. This is his analysis:
Of course, if you examine their worldview closely, it falls apart. In an evolutionary worldview, why care about “other animals”? After all, blue whales aren’t concerned about the plankton population, lions don’t mind taking down a weak gazelle, and bald eagles don’t compassionately care for trout. If we’re just animals, why care about the environment or “other animals” at all? It’s just survival of the fittest out there! And besides, from an evolutionary perspective, humans are related to plants, too, so we should stop eating plants and mowing the grass, as we’d be abusing and harming our relatives? It’s all such nonsense, filled with inconsistencies.
Now Hambo explains how PETA should be thinking:
Now, we should take everything other people say and hold it up to the light of Scripture. [Hooray for Hambo!] And when we do, we see that PETA’s worldview is utterly opposed to God’s Word. We are not “other animals” — humans are distinct and different. We’re made in the very image of God (Genesis 1:27) and given dominion and stewardship over creation, to use it for our good and God’s glory (Genesis 1:28) — so, yes, we are “superior” to the animals! That doesn’t mean we lord that over creation, wantonly destroying the environment or driving species to extinction. Quite the opposite! We use the intellect, moral conscience, and creativity (part of what makes us uniquely human and “superior”) to kindly rule over God’s creation and honor Him.
That wasn’t difficult to understand, was it? We’re skipping to the end now. Hambo tells us how we should talk:
And, by the way, in an evolutionary worldview, there’s no moral authority by which to say insulting people (by using animal insults or otherwise) is even wrong — why be kind with your words in that worldview? But in the biblical worldview, every person is made in God’s image and we’re to understand the power of our words and speaking kindly and gently to others: [Scripture quotes omitted.]
Now, dear reader, you know how to talk about other people. Isn’t Hambo wonderful?
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