It’s Darwin’s Fault that the U.S. Is Going Gay

Things just keep getting stranger at the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Instead of focusing on creationism and the other topics we enjoy, like young Earth, flat Earth, Noah’s Ark, etc., ol’ Hambo is once again blogging about unconventional gender choices.

Your Curmudgeon rarely blogs about that topic. As we’ve said before, the only private life we’re interested in is our own, and we don’t care what other people do — as long as it’s done privately with consenting adults. But Hambo does care what other people are doing, and the news he’s reporting today is rather strange, so we’ll take a look.

The title of Hambo’s post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, is 1 in 6 Young Americans Identify as LGBT. Shocking, huh? For those who don’t know what those initials mean, Wikipedia explains it: LGBT. Now that you know what Hambo’s talking about, here are some excerpts from his post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Stop and consider this for just a moment: for those over the age of 75 in America (known as the Greatest Generation), a mere 1.3% percent would identify themselves as LGBT. Only 1.3% percent — just a tiny fraction. Contrast that with today’s young people where, according to a just-released 2020 Gallup poll, 15.9% percent identify as LGBT. [What?] That means in a group of six American young people, one identifies as LGBT. That’s staggering. It’s a dramatic shift in the culture.

Here’s Gallup’s article on the poll: LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate. That figure in their title is for the entire population. When they break it down by generation, they give the 15.9% figure that Hambo is writing about. Okay, let’s get back to Hambo. He says:

What has happened? Well, before we get into that question, let’s dig into those numbers a little bit. The survey found that nearly 16% of young people (18–23) claim they are LGBT. Of that 16%, nearly three-quarters (11%) would claim the “B” in LGBT — “bisexual” (being attracted to both men and women). Contrast that with the Greatest Generation, where only 0.3% identify as bisexual. Now that’s interesting!

We could point out that this stunning increase occurred at the same time that Hambo’s career in creationism was flourishing, but that’s probably just a coincidence, so we won’t dwell on it. Hambo tells us:

Now, I want to bring out three things that I believe explain what is happening in our US culture today.

1, These statistics — particularly the number of people who identify as bisexual — point towards the seismic shift in our culture. It’s increasingly becoming popular among young people to identify as LGBT. That is, to be “inclusive.” To celebrate LGBT identity. …

2. This shift is built on a change in foundations. You see, in the past, generations were much more “Christianized.” That’s not to say everyone was a Christian, but American culture was much more “Christianized.” By and large, people respected the Bible, believed in God, and had a similar view of Christian morality. That foundation has been almost completely erased by the rise of secularism, which is founded on evolutionary naturalism and evolution [Ah hah!] occurring over millions of years (which is essentially the religion of atheism — there’s no God, no moral absolutes, we’re just animals, there is no ultimate purpose and meaning to life, etc.).

3. We’re really seeing Romans chapter 1 playing out before our eyes. We have a culture that has abandoned the knowledge and worship of God, and one of the sins God turns a culture over to when they’ve rejected him is homosexual behavior. [Skipping several paragraphs of scripture.]

There you have it, dear reader. Hambo says it’s Darwin’s fault! It’s the belief in evolution that’s causing young people to … well, to to whatever it is that they’re doing. However, we can’t help noticing that large parts of the world have never been “Christianized.” Are the Chinese and Japanese all gay? What about other parts of the world that have never been Christian? No doubt, ol’ Hambo will soon give us a report about them, to show us that their behavior supports the claims he just made today. We’ll be waiting.

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12 responses to “It’s Darwin’s Fault that the U.S. Is Going Gay

  1. Our dear SC brought up a point here and there could be more than “but that’s probably just a coincidence”. Ham’s creationism only came on the scene since the mid 1960’s in parallel with ‘scientific creationism’ and Flood geology.

  2. Make of this what you will, but the Gallup article says:

    ♦ 13.0% of political liberals, 4.4% of moderates and 2.3% of conservatives say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

    ♦ Differences are somewhat less pronounced by party identification than by ideology, with 8.8% of Democrats, 6.5% of independents and 1.7% of Republicans identifying as LGBT.

  3. B refers to orientation, not behaviour, and this is less rigid in younger people. But I believe that in addition there has indeed been a cultural change, and inasmuch as that change is towards people admitting to themselves the full range of there own emotions, this is entirely to the good. Though I can understand why Ham feels differently

    But what he ought to be doing is celebrating this change, as evidence of the limitations of Darwinism. (Cue for comments about how homosexuality is actually quite widespread throughout the animal kingdom, although it would seem to run completely contrary to selection pressures, from someone who knows more about the subject than I do.)

  4. It’s probably more to do with the fact that those over the age of 75 in America, were too damned scared to come out, for fear of being beaten up, or christians trying to “cure” them lol

  5. Jesse beat me to it – the expression “coming out of the closet” pops up in my mind. Understood that way Ol’Hambo’s point 2 in a way is correct, even if he comes way too close to the classical mistake of confusing correlation and causation. Secularization and the increase of the LBGT percentage go hand in hand indeed. Both are caused by people no longer mindlessly accepting the suppressive authority of religious clergy. The latter is something Ol’Hambo longs back for, so that he can deny some more reality.

    “We’re really seeing Romans chapter 1 playing out before our eyes.”
    This complaint is something I always thought very silly. As a non-christian I probably misunderstand something. But this prophecy being played out is supposed to be a sign of the end times, isn’t it? Shouldn’t Ol’Hambo conclude that the second coming of the Messias (or whatever it’s called) is nigh? Shouldn’t he then welcome such behaviour of evilutionists, expecting that his greatest wish will be fullfilled?
    So what exactly is his problem?

  6. Dave Luckett

    Exactly, Jesso, and a point I would have made immediately. Earlier than the late sixties, the least a gay man faced was ridicule, shaming, and severe discrimination, amounting to persecution. Homosexual sex was only decriminalised in the sixties, across the western world generally, Until then, it could result in prison time, and gay men were still regularly beaten or worse, a practice that continued for another generation.

    Homosexuality in women was simply unthinkable. It was said that the 1867 Act of (British) Parliament criminalising “gross indecency” between men (the law under which Oscar Wilde was convicted and jailed) contained no parallel provision for women because the Prime Minister quailed before the prospect of having to explain it to Queen Victoria.

    Of course few “came out”, under a regime like that one. I understand that in over 70 nations, the same applies to this day. The Iranian government has declared that there are no gays in that country. Well, not any more.

    It remains to wonder whether Ham has any recognition of reality at all. He was born in 1951, in a Queensland country town more notable for incest than tolerance, and he surely must remember what things were like. I wonder if he could possibly ask himself whether he’d have “come out” in the Ipswich of his youth; but then I reflect that that would take empathy, the ability to put oneself in another’s place.

    Empathy? Ken Ham? Yeah, sure.

    And yet, he does show an unholy ability to pitch to a demographic. I can only explain it by pointing out that he is not putting himself in their place. He is simply being what he is, which is what they’d like to be – that is, like themselves, with their attitudes and opinions, only with money and fame.

  7. One interesting case in the USA is that of the long-time powerful and feared director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.

  8. A person is asked to self-identify in a poll. All the poll shows is that those who self-identify as Republican will not identify as LGBT. The percentage of Republicans who are gay is probably the same as for Democrats. They are just loathe to admit it. Same thing goes for 75+.

  9. @retiredsciguy, “The percentage of Republicans who are gay is probably the same as for Democrats.” Not necessarily. Despite the existence of the Log Cabin Republicans, I imagine that gays may not feel comfortable with the social attitudes of the present Republican party

  10. Jeez, the ghost of Charles Darwin has almost as much influence on American culture as the ghost of Hugo Chávez has on American election machines!

  11. @Paul Braterman, the number of LGBT+ people who come out of the closet and switch parties would seem to support your notion. I mean, the Democrats aren’t as consistently pro-LGBT+ as Ken Ham would say that they are but, well, we work with what we’re given.

  12. In the current US cabinet. there is, I believe 1 gay out of 15, where one should expect 2?