Hambo Attacks President Biden Again

Things are getting very political at 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.

A month ago we posted Hambo Disagrees with President Biden, when he severely criticized the President of the United States over a gender issue. Now he’s attacking the President again. His latest post is titled National Day of Prayer . . . Without God? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Since 1952, the first Thursday of May has been the National Day of Prayer in the United States. Each year, the president issues a proclamation regarding this special day of prayer and petition to the Lord for this nation.

It’s embarrassing, but your Curmudgeon has been unaware of that event. Wikipedia has an article on it: National Day of Prayer. It even says:

The constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer was unsuccessfully challenged in court by the Freedom From Religion Foundation after their attempt was unanimously dismissed by a panel of a federal appellate court in April 2011.

Okay, it seems that the US has a National Day of Prayer. Let’s find out why Hambo is upset with Biden. He says:

Well, President Biden released a proclamation, that, for the first time in the 69-year history of the National Day of Prayer, did not mention the words God, Creator, Jesus, or any other name for the Godhead. [Gasp!] The sole mention of God was in the ceremonious phrase “in the year of our Lord,” in reference to it being the year 2021.

Does this mean that Biden is some kind of godless scoundrel? After that shocking information, he tells us:

But while the proclamation didn’t mention the one true God as the One to whom we pray and make our petitions, don’t make the mistake of thinking there is no deity in this prayer. There is — and it’s the false god of Genesis 3:5:

. . . . you will be like God . . .

Wow — that’s the serpent lying to Adam & Eve! What’s going on here? Hambo translates Biden’s proclamation for us:

In other words, man, not God, is the focus of this proclamation. [Egad!] Prayer (to whatever deity you prefer) in this proclamation is about us having the “strength, hope, and guidance” to accomplish what we need to do, not about us humbly beseeching God for what only he can do. Prayer is just the “power” to “provide hope and uplift us for the work ahead.”

It’s obvious that ol’ Hambo has a low opinion of Biden. Let’s read on:

This is a reminder that there is no neutrality: one is either for Christ or against him (Matthew 12:30). “Secular” is not neutral — it is actively opposed to Christ and his Word. And secularism is the dominant religion of our day throughout the West, including here in America.

He’s talking about you, you secularist Darwinist fool! Here’s the end of Hambo’s unhappy post:

The National Day of Prayer 2021 is past, but let’s continue to pray to the one true God for this nation — asking him to do what only he can do, such as provide wisdom, restrain sin, strengthen his people for what lies ahead, and save souls for eternity.

There was a time when holy moly people like ol’ Hambo could lead a rebellion against leaders who were insufficiently devoted to Oogity Boogity. Do you, dear reader, wish for a return to those good old days?

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11 responses to “Hambo Attacks President Biden Again

  1. Derek Freyberg

    “There was a time when holy moly people like ol’ Hambo could lead a rebellion against leaders who were insufficiently devoted to Oogity Boogity. Do you, dear reader, wish for a return to those good old days? ”
    There was a time when Oogity Boogity would smite people who were inadequately subservient, or so the Bible suggests. Maybe if he/she/it were as all-powerful as asserted, the situation would not need Hambo’s babbling.

  2. “The National Day of Prayer 2021 is past, but let’s continue to pray to the one true God for this nation — asking him to do what only he can do”

    Sure, the Hamster can pray to whoever and for whatever purpose. That’s guaranteed by the Constitution, not the Bible. Pity that’s not enough for him.

  3. Dave Luckett

    The Constitution doesn’t say “There shall be a separation between Church and State; no person in any office created under this Constitution shall require or recommend any religious exercise whatsoever, pursuant to that office”. No, it says “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion”. I imagine – no doubt I will be corrected if I am wrong – that the Supreme Court took the view that the President is not Congress and a Presidential proclamation is not a law; therefore a Presidential proclamation recommending a religious exercise is not unconstitutional. This on the strict meaning of the words.

    I find that rather curious, just as I find the interpretation of the Second Amendment, which, as the Court interprets it, allows practically anyone to acquire firearms, even military small arms, or that of the Fourteenth, in Roe v Wade. The former of those seems wrong to me, and the latter just and right, but both appear to me to extend rights that are not supported by a strict interpretation of the words of the Constitution. But in the case of the National Day of Prayer, the Court holds that the clause must be narrowly interpreted on the strict meaning of the words alone.

    All that to one side, Ham’s diatribe illustrates perfectly why the First Amendment exists at all. If Ham had his way, religion would be established – so long as it was his religion. And the enlightenment would be buried and the whole sorry business started over. Be damned to that.

  4. IIRC, the President is obliged by a law (that is, by Congress) to declare a national day of prayer.

  5. Dave Luckett

    Bob Seidensticker: If that is the case, I cannot make out how such a law is not a clear breach of the First Amendment. Reading the Wikipedia article, I find that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning a decision in a lower court, held that plaintiffs against the proclamation had no standing to sue, essentially because the proclamation did not intrude on their rights. The Supreme Court apparently concurred.

    That would seem to imply that no plaintiff has standing, for I cannot see how anyone could argue that their rights were compromised by a mere proclamation which did not enact any requirement on them. But is it true that their rights were not intruded upon?

    The Court apparently did not hear argument about the use of public money (ie, tax dollars) for this purpose. The President is a public official, with a salary and costs paid out of taxes. His staff are also public officials, on a government payroll. Writing and announcing this proclamation is a use of public money for an essentially religious purpose. Possibly it could be argued that that fact grants standing to a taxpayer to sue. IANAL, and I don’t know. I am not an American, either, so I have no right to say anything whatsoever.

    But I know that this is wrong. I know it because Ham thinks it’s a good idea, only it doesn’t go far enough. That’s good enough for me. If Ken Ham is for an officially-designated day of prayer, provisos aside, I’m agin it.

  6. While Hambo may not find Biden religious enough, the bigger issue is he is a cattle tick (catholic) which Hambo would consider to be virtually non-christian. From an outsider’s point of view, Biden is way too religious, as he has clearly continued the Israel first “chosen people” narrative adopted by Christian groups in USA, and stood by while Israel commits war crimes and murders children.

  7. I am not a lawyer or otherwise worthier listening to on this, so, for what it’s worth: the courts don’t want to touch this.

  8. “I cannot make out how such a law is not a clear breach of the First Amendment.”

    Agreed.

  9. Biden seems to agree with the sentiment that it is unconstitutional, which is why his prayer is more inclusive than Hambo would like. (I’m sure nothing short of invoking the name of Jesus, praising the Holy Spirit, and asking people to stop by the Ark Encounter gift shop would please Hambo.)

  10. Hey Hambone, I was happy to celebrate the day by smiling at the figurine of Ganesha that one of my sons brought to me when he worked in India. He knew it was my favorite of all of the thousands of gods wandering around, because if your going to believe something wildly unlikely, someone with an elephant’s head stitched on fits the bill pretty well.

  11. Techreseller

    SC, I unfortunately did know about the National Day of Prayer. I live in the DC area and the event makes the news every single year. Pandering to religious voters.