A Creationist Teaches Children About Biblical Dinosaurs

This is classic footage of Creation Museum founder Ken Ham brainwashing children many, many years ago:

His arguments haven’t changed in decades. Which is precisely what you would expect from someone who doesn’t understand how science works.

(Thanks to Christopher for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Troels Jakobsen

    If humans descended from apes then why does Ken Ham still exist?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

       I know there is a “theory” that my grandparents came from Europe.
      But if that’s true, why is there is still Europe?

      • HughInAz

        If god made Adam from dirt, why is there still dirt?

        • Glasofruix

           Don’t make me start about ribs.

    • HughInAz

      I used to have a bumper sticker that said “Apes evolved from creationists”.

  • Sven

    Hahaha, look at the kids squirming from boredom.  Most of them probably weren’t listening at all.

    • Guest

      Only the brighest and most open-minded people listen to all sides before deciding, even if in the end, the conclusion is to decide not to decide. Kids are no exception.

      • TalkingSnake

        Actually sometimes your bullshit meter gets buried in the first few utterances, and you decide there are more productive things to do with your time.  Kids are no exception.

      • Pureone

        Only the brightest and open minded listen to facts and science.

        • Guest

          ….second hand science.

          • Pureone

            I don’t even know what that means. It would be impossible for anyone to get a doctoral degree and do the research in ALL the sub-fields of biology (and other sciences) which provide the evidences for evolution. 

            Versus a more than second-hand copying of a mythology text which had three separate sources (at least) smashed together  and has no scientific worth whatsoever. And I can get a non-accredited “doctoral” degree concerning said texts for the low low price of whatever the diploma mill charges…

      • Glasofruix

        Wha? If both sides were valid, maybe, but not when one side is full of bullshit spitting ignoramuses who think that their magic book is a valid teaching material.

      • Indorri

        “You’ll fall if you walk over that cliff.”

        “No you won’t, you’ll fly!”

        Clearly both sides of a debate are valid!

      • usclat

        “You still here? I thought I told you to go FYM!” [Note: think of the scene in "GoodFellas" where Joe Pesci's character is recounting a funny story in the famous "how am I funny?" scene with Ray Liotta] But seriously troll, why do you persist with your worthless contribution to a discussion that passed you and your ‘beliefs’ centuries ago? Por Que? Warum? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351473675 Matthew Baker

    I guess when you argue from the “unchanging’ bible you don’t need to change your arguments ever.  

  • Lulz4Cheezus

    “So kids! What do you ask when somebody tells you about stories from the Bible and how they’re to be interpreted?” 

    • Luther

       You weren’t there so how do you know it did not go down exactly how the Bible explains it?

      Same question, different answer! That is the miracle of a logic free live.

      • Aimee

        Because the stories from the Bible are from an oral tradition started by illiterate desert dwellers who weren’t there at the beginning either.    No one was there, however, we now have a science, called GEOLOGY, that can, with very good precision, date what life forms were around at any given time by examining the strata from different epochs.  The Pre-Cambrian (about 1BYA) shows the emergence of simple life forms.  We are all descended from those first life forms.

        • Deven Kale

           Since I’m feeling nit-picky, the science we use to date objects isn’t geology, it’s radiometric dating. Geology is the study of the earth and other celestial bodies. Geologists use radiometric dating to help their studies, but it’s not in itself a part of geology.

          Nit-picking done now.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I cannot believe I watched the entire clip.

    • Renshia

       What we can’t believe, is you still know how to put together a sentence after watching the whole thing. And only capitals where they belong. Way to go Kevin.

      How did you resist?

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

        Yoda.

    • Matt O’Neal

       Same here! Somebody needs to tell that man to grow a moustache.

  • Brennin Statistician

    Sigh

  • LesterBallard

    Same shit, different day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Buchy/542338898 James Buchy

    He should be arrested for child abuse.

  • TiltedHorizon

    So the Flintstones is actually a documentary?

    DINO!

  • Guest

    So atheists are the only ones who are allowed to indoctrinate. Death to the competition? The voice of 2.4% of the population is certainly very loud. Is that the ape in man trying to drown opposition who are,oh, so inferior in intellect?

    • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

      Isn’t there a bridge your supposed to be hiding under?  What happens when the billy goats show and you’re not there? 

      • Guest

        I wouln’t know if I’d be there in another dimension or universe. Darn, I hate being restricted to only knowing that I can only know of my presence in one dimension of one universe at one time. Sigh! So limiting.
        I only know that in this dimension and universe that even though I may not agree with this Ken guy, I’d much rather watch him than the other science guy who look so botoxed and arrogant.

        • usclat

          Guest, you make absolutely no sense and you and I (and everyone else on this blog thread) know that you are merely a smelly, hairy little feces that dumped out of you’re MU’s hairy little (?) arse and fell ever-so unnoticed to your dump hole in the little haven where you were born (and then rolled under the bridge). There is no use arguing with you or your kind. You have had your run of our planet for thousands of years (I include all you ‘believers’ in one dump-pile) and it’s time the growing number of ‘non-believers’ paid you the response you and your neanderthal intellects deserve. A fart in your general direction. No … in your face.

          • Guest

            There must be a skunk in your character as well! I pity those people around you. Hopefully you are less violent in person than in words. I am a believer that humans need to control the ape in them, and maybe in your case, the skunk as well.

      • Blacksheep

        Why is someone who disagrees with you a troll?

        • usclat

          You’re right. I wonder why it works out that way Blacksheep. Great observation. 

        • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

          Because only trolls have the leg strength to make the logical triple jump from, Ken Ham doesn’t know what he is talking about, you’re only three percent of the population to  aren’t you the smug little atheist apemen in less than four sentences.     It’s quite a feat. 

    • Renshia

      Yes. That’s exactly what it is, you stupid fucking dufus.

      • Guest

        It is easy to identify an atheist from his vocabulary. This kind of language is all over the Internet. Those who want respect from others should at least hide their ape-like nature. Body language is not so easy to hide though.

        • Pureone

          You shoulda heard Father Jude drop the F-bomb and the S-word. That’s how I identify Christians, considering most swear words come outta their mouths, according to statistics.

        • michael both

          There’s no point in being polite with a troll.

    • JohnnieCanuck

      They probably have close to the same range of intelligence as the rest of the population. Maybe not quite so good at solving mental puzzles because of training in waiting for someone else in authority to tell them what to think and all that cognitive dissonance echoing around in their skulls.

      It’s their morals you have to question. They have doubts, but instead of being honest about them their response is to double down and push these unevidenced myths onto others. Their children, other people’s children, people who need a helping hand; in fact, anyone they can coerce into listening to their delusions.

      Why? Because they want to believe and indoctrinating others makes it easier to ignore their own reasonable doubts.

    • TiltedHorizon

      If knowledge of god was something that one is born with then there is no reason to teach it. Since it has to be taught it means there is no original concept of a god so the natural starting point is actually something resembling atheism. Which means one has to be indoctrinate into religion, one cannot be indoctrinated into returning to their starting point.

    • Glasofruix

      Competition? Like between real science and completely made up creationnist bullshit?

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    Why stop at “Were you there?”   Why not just ask “Are you there then?”  Did something happen five minutes ago?  I don’t know, and neither do you.  Because “Right now are you there then?  If you aren’t back there five minutes ago right this very second, how do we know it happened? 

    • Pureone

      You can only ask “Are you there then” or “Are you then there” if you are from Minnesota, then there there then.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_722JM2BE6YISLQ3KWROXGHBBXQ Joe Mama

    So I did some math, based on wikipedia and Hemant’s prior article. With ~280k visitors annually, assuming 3:1 kids to adults and no discount pricing, that’s $18/ticket or 18*280k or about 5 million in revenue.

    They have 300 employees according to wikipedia. That’s 5,000/300 ~ 17k per employee.

    Granted many of those are probably volunteers or part time, but these folks must be losing money hand over fist with these numbers.

    • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

      In the words of the great Yogurt: “It’s all about the merchandising!”

  • Nobody

    I love that Michio Kaku is in the related videos at the end…lol

  • FractalHeretic

    I used to think Ken Ham was pretty smart. Then I learned critical thinking.

  • Robster

    Ken, Ken, Ken, were you or was anyone there when the baby jesus popped out of mary in the stable? Where were you when the baby jesus walked on water, or did the other reported (40-70 years later) miracles he’s so famous for, but about which you sprout so often and with such great confidence? What was that? No, did you say no? Yep, thought so.

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine

    But Hemant! Clearly the fact that science keeps changing its mind based upon a logical reasoning that we gain new methods by which to view and test our world shows that you can’t trust scientists when they say anything. We should clearly maintain the same initial thoughts regarding our world we made.

    Man cannot fly, you can turn straw into gold, the world is the center of the universe, and illness is caused by an imbalance of the four humors so bring on the leeches.

  • OverlappingMagisteria

    And his awful beard hasn’t changed either!

  • Tainda

    I think Hemant keeps showing him to torture me :(  His face gives me nightmares

  • Mandocommando23

    Hey Ken, how do you know all this stuff? Were YOU there?


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