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The hypocrisy of Ken Ham, crackpot creationist

CRACKPOTS do not come much more cracked – or potty – than Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, and architect of the ludicrous Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.

Ken Ham with  an animatronic dinosaur at the Creation Museum in Petersburg

Ken Ham with an animatronic dinosaur at the Creation Museum in Petersburg

But now we learn that Ham is an appalling hypocrite too.

Last month the devious old fossil complained on his AiG blog that the BBC had “ambushed” AiG’s pet “astrophysicist” Dr Jason Lisle.

Ham elaborated:

We were told that it was just going to be an ‘examination of creationism’. Well, we are somewhat leery when it comes to dealing with the British media – by far, British journalists and commentators (and particularly those from the BBC) are the most mocking about biblical Christianity of all the media we’ve worked with over the years. We have had probably 20 different countries send reporters to the Creation Museum since we opened 22 months ago, and most of them have been fair and balanced in their coverage – but not so with the typical British reporter.

That’s why it was not too surprising that when Dr Lisle went on the air to be interviewed by the BBC, he quickly found out the BBC had not told us the truth – it turned out to be an attempted ambush – not an interview (as we had been led to believe), but a creation/evolution debate. On the other line was perhaps America’s best-known evolutionist defender, Dr Eugenie Scott, whose organization has as its sole purpose to counter creationist efforts wherever they can and to uphold evolution.

He then whinged:

The BBC has not responded to our publicist who has challenged them concerning their deception. Then again, for those people who don’t believe in God and there is no absolute authority, not telling the truth and deception would not be ethically wrong – as they have no basis for right and wrong!

Ham’s complaint left Michael Zimmerman, Dean of Butler University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, gasping in disbelief.

What makes Ham’s complaints so incredibly ironic and hypocritical is that this is exactly what he did to me a year ago. I was scheduled to do an interview last year on a fundamentalist Christian radio show only to discover, upon going on the air, that Ken Ham was also on the line, ready to debate me. When asked why neither the host nor Ken had the courtesy to inform me that I was to participate in a debate rather than in an interview, I was told that they believed that I wouldn’t have accepted their offer had I been told the truth. When I questioned them about the deception, I was told that since the debate was to further God’s wishes, a minor deception of this sort was acceptable.

Dr lisle

Dr Lisle

It’s worth noting that Lisle is no less of a crackpot than Ham. According to AiG:

Most practicing astronomers and astrophysicists believe in the big bang, a billions-of-years-old universe and other evolutionary ideas.  But based on Scripture and the best interpretation of the scientific evidence, they are simply wrong, according to Dr Jason Lisle, AiG-USA’s newest speaker and researcher.

An astrophysicist with a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr Lisle is now helping AiG (and the creation movement as a whole) refute the evolutionary account of origins – using his strong science background.  He has designed exciting planetarium programs for the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky …

13 Responses to “The hypocrisy of Ken Ham, crackpot creationist”

  1. Me says:

    He has designed exciting planetarium programs for the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky …

    Presumably a creationist planetarium program would involve a man in a white gown and beard turning the light on for the audience, then leaving.

  2. Buffy says:

    When I questioned them about the deception, I was told that since the debate was to further God’s wishes, a minor deception of this sort was acceptable.

    That’s why it’s so difficult, if not impossible, to believe anything a fundie says. Lying for the Lord is so ingrained in them you can never quite be sure if and when they’re telling the truth.

  3. Neuroskeptic says:

    We have had probably 20 different countries send reporters to the Creation Museum since we opened 22 months ago, and most of them have been fair and balanced in their coverage – but not so with the typical British reporter.

    Hurrah! British journalists lead the world!

  4. Shargraves says:

    I’d never trust anyone who’d think it normal to have a stupid beard under their chin like ken ham for a start.

    Him and his demented aussie mate Jon Mackay – are vile corrupt scum who prey on the stupid and vulnerable to fund their contemptible lies.

    Funny though – that museum. I’d love to go!

    They think the Flintstones is a documentary.

  5. Tim Danaher says:

    Aahh… makes yer proud to be British dunnit?

    Seriously, though, most of the world’s politicians would shit themselves if they had to face John Humphries on the Today program. The thought of actually having to defend—rather than trumpet—their views makes them go all brown-trousered.

    And that Larry King is a twat, as well.

  6. Stuart W says:

    Do you think that the dinosaur exhibits in this museum attempt to explain what God actually created them for? To give a future project called ‘Mankind’ something to marvel over and make films about in tens of millions of years time?

  7. A bit rich of Ken Ham moaning about an organisation which “has as its sole purpose to counter creationist efforts wherever they can and to uphold evolution”, given that AiG’s sole purpose is to counter evolutionist (sic) efforts wherever they can and uphold creationism. (That appears to be two sole purposes, but that’s Creationist maths for you).

    As for atheists having no basis for right or wrong, what’s God’s basis for right and wrong? If, ultimately things are good or bad because God says so, murder would have been good had God said so and neighbourliness bad. Some basis for morality, that!

  8. rog says:

    I would actualy pay to see Dr Lisle, debate astrophysics from a biblical perspective with the likes of Prof, Penrose/Hawking. Celestial spheres aside, presumably he can’t even believe in the speed of light, unless he claims that the universe as we see it is a mural painted by god for our amusement…. But if the can use that argument why not just say fossils were put in the ground by god/Satan to test believers faith or something? I’d have thought that people who believe in the literal word of the bible would not have even thought of trying their hand at palaeontology, still there is no accounting for stupidity.

    Does anyone know how they treat the (presumably thorny) issue of the other hominids? boat-building not up to scratch maybe….

  9. Stonyground says:

    When it comes down to the creationist argument that the world was created six to ten thousand years ago with the appearance of being far older already built in, you can put them on the spot by pointing out that if you follow that line of thinking you can’t prove that the world wasn’t created yesterday along with what you believe to be your memories of your entire life.

  10. Theist says:

    Hi there scoffers,

    I like the cartoon that shows an aetheist standing outside the pearly gates of heaven with a great big sign that says, NO aetheists admitted. And what does the cartoon aetheist say, “I don’t believe it” That for me sums up the whole philosophy of aetheists they just don’t believe it.

    Well if you depresssing aetheists are right & there is no after life we will all be in the same boat figuratively speaking but if you are wrong then you will have the whole of eternity in the lake of fire to contemplate the error of your ways. All you have to do is cross the barrier of death & you will have the proof you so richely deserve!
    He who laughs last, laughs the loudest, TICK TOCK TICK TOCK

    Jog on, rat bait!!!

  11. Russell Nash says:

    Ever heard of Pascal's Wager? No, ofcourse you haven't.

    What makes you think it is either no afterlife or the christian one? Maybe you'll end up in Niflhel? Or Ahura Mazda might smite you for believing in a false god. What limited imagination christians have.

  12. monkeeman says:

    Ken Ham is actually a very good speaker, he makes more sense then most ppl

  13. Kevin Boone says:

    This site contains a whole lot of name calling and verbal bashing, but lacks any substance concerning a rebuttal of Ken’s claims. Both fundamentalists and liberals often resort to name calling and fail to truly debate. Both sides are claiming absolute truth, as all humans do, but fail to look at the evidence from an objective position. I’m not sure if it’s possible for most people. I guess it’s sorta like politics, keep the name calling and blaming up and we won’t have to consider the evidence/facts.