The Creation Science Hall of Fame

Did you know there is a Creation Science Hall of Fame? Somehow, I did not. It’s not a brick and mortar place apparently, though they plan on building on in Northern Kentucky between AIG’s creation museum and the proposed Noah’s ark theme park.

The list of inductees is fairly amusing. Among the living inductees are weapons grade liars and frauds like Carl Baugh and Kent Hovind. The page on Hovind starts with this howler:

Kent E. Hovind (born January 15, 1953), an American young earth creationist, is considered by many to be one of the foremost authorities on science and the Bible.

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there. Even by creationist standards, Hovind is a bad joke. I’ve had many a conversation even with his fellow young earth creationists who cringe at the mention of his name. Imagine being so utterly lacking in credibility that you manage to embarrass people who think the world is 6000 years old.

The amazing ability of Kent Hovind to communicate complicated scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand format makes this essential information accessible for youth and laypersons, as well as science professors.

By “ability…to communicate complicated scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand format” they obviously mean “ability to lie, distort and oversimplify scientific concepts he does not understand at all.” That he can do this with complete confidence has no bearing on the fact that he’s either lying or ignorant (both, actually).

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After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • d.c.wilson
  • lldayo

    Complicated scientific concepts like dogs having trees or rocks coming from caterpillars?

  • Chiroptera

    I didn’t see Jesus on the list anywhere. Did I miss it? Who do I complain to?

  • Larry

    Ken Hovind: bats right, throws right, lies ambidextrously.

  • Don Williams

    Obviously Kentucky is basking in God’s favor:

    No doubt the Islamofascists and secular humanists are seething in envy at all the milk, honey and money God is dispensing to the “Real Christian” parts of America.

  • reverendrodney

    I went to the site, checked out the biblical flood, and learned that the mid-Atlantic ridge was 46,000 miles long. Must have gone around the earth almost twice!

  • John Pieret

    Interesting. They intend to nestle the “Hall of ‘Fame'” between AiG’s Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, no doubt to feed off creationist traffic heading between the two sites. But AiG published a whole list of “Arguments that should never be used” taken straight from Hovind’s favorite bafflegab:

    I wonder if Ham will appreciate contributing to a place (if it or Ark Encounter ever get built) that extols the “amazing ability of Kent Hovind to communicate complicated scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand format” after AiG spent showing what crappy arguments he actually uses?

  • Martin Coronel

    Let me guess: Ken Ham wants his ass in this nonsense?

  • Raging Bee

    I didn’t see Jesus on the list anywhere.

    That’s probably because Jesus was not a creationist, and generally didn’t support literal interpretations of OT stories.

  • eigenperson

    #6 reverendrodney:

    The mid-ocean ridge (though not the mid-Atlantic ridge) is 40,000 miles long.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    No listing for Charles Colson? He won a bleeping Templeton prize!

  • escuerd

    Yep, Hovind’s only real ability seems to be able to say stupid shit that may sound plausible to the scientifically ignorant, and to say it confidently as if he knows what he’s talking about.

    When I hear people using arguments from his website I feel a little vicarious embarrassment for them.

  • Draken

    Maybe they anticipated Ken Ham’s protests, because his entry in the hall of living points at… Duane Gish RIP.

  • dcovill

    Not perhaps a Hall of Fame, but there is a Museum of Creation and Earth Science in Santee, CA, a suburb of San Diego.

  • congenital cynic

    @ Draken #13

    True that. But you can get the link to the Hamster page. I figured it was just bad coding on the part of the person who put up the site, and that it was going to be in there, so upon viewing the page source and doing a quick search on “Ham”, I got the link to his page.

    It’s here:

    Probably could have guessed it as quickly, based on the other links.

    What a funny site. I bet a lot of the “creationists” they claimed from history would, if introduced to the evidence, abandon any notion of creationism. Da Vinci, for example, would be way too smart to fall for that AIG horseshit in the face of evidence. They are way out on a limb. And I couldn’t help but notice that the deceased inductees from the “Modern Age” were not exactly household names. I knew two off the top of my head. Looking at the living list I didn’t see a single name that was known to me as a scientist. There were several who were known to me as clowns (with apologies to Bozo). Really, a funny site.

  • bobcarroll

    Hey, Hovind’s praises should be considered sincere; he wrote them himself.

    Dcovill @14: That’s the Creation Institute’s lair, the former home of Duane Gish and Henry Morris.

    On the deceased inductees list, I see David Brewster, the Scottish microscopist who invented the kaleidoscope, around 1830. At least Ham spells his name correctly. On many of the “famous creationist” lists, he comes across as Booster, or worse.

  • sailor1031

    “The amazing ability of Kent Hovind to communicate complicated scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand format makes this essential information accessible for youth and laypersons, as well as science professors

    Complicated scientific concepts are, well, complicated. If made easy for non-specialists to understand there is a distinct possibility that essential information is lost. As for science professors, how many get their science info from Kent Hovind? Jeez….

  • Childermass

    Looked at the web site and found….

    Global Flood – an astronomical date or Walt Brown is back and he is stupider than ever. This is bad even by his low standards.

  • reverendrodney

    #10 eigenperson

    “The mid-ocean ridge (though not the mid-Atlantic ridge) is 40,000 miles long.”

    The circumference of the earth is 24,000 miles. I don’t believe there is one continuous mid-ocean ridge, but if there were it couldn’t be much more (even accounting for zig-zagging) than that.

  • reverendrodney

    #10 eigenperson

    I stand corrected. Just checked Wikipedia and you are right, the mid-ocean ridge(s) are 40,000 miles long.