What would you do with $102 million?
Wait, let’s rephrase that.
What would you do with $102 million, if you were Christian? That’s an important distinction given the way Jesus used to wash the feet of the poor, and his general belief that the needy should be taken care of.
OK, that distinction made, what would you do with $102 million?
Would you feed the poor? Clothe them? Donate the money to education, or medical research? Would you use it to build an Ark in Kentucky in order to push your scientifically unsound belief that the earth is 6,000 years old and that humans and dinosaurs lived in harmony in the Garden of Eden?
If you chose that last option, you might just be Ken Ham.
While many Christians focus on being anti-gay or anti-woman, Ken Ham has made “anti-science” his true calling. With an erection for creationism, Ken Ham focuses like a laser on lambasting truth and fighting for nonsense.
In his famous debate with Scientist Bill Nye, both Ken and Bill were asked a question at the outset: What would it take to change your mind?
Bill Nye took the sissy route: “Evidence.”
Bill showed no faith. His resolve could be swayed by truth. If presented with something undeniable and objectively true, he would change his mind.
Not so, Ken Ham. His answer was a definitive “Nothing.”
Yes, no matter what truth he would be told, shown, or explained, he would never waver in his belief. Just like Hitle… no, sorry. That’s too easy a throw, and used way too often.
Yes, no matter what truth he would be told, shown, or explained, Ken Ham said he would never waiver in his belief. Just like Charles Manson, or Donald Trump.
There, that feels better, doesn’t it?
Anyway, when in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was conflicted? Should he run? Should he hide? What a weakling Jesus was. Ken Ham has never shown such doubt. He holds a strict belief in creationism, and pushes it at every turn.
After first spending $27 million to make a Creation “Museum,” Ham spent $102 million to create a replica of Noah’s Ark.
Mind you, all this money came from donations. Donations that could have gone to homeless shelters, after-care programs for kids, or abuse shelters for women? Ha! Right. The best way to end those problems isn’t to throw money at them, it’s to make the world at large understand that creationism is right, and science is wrong.
Now, you may have noticed the word “Museum” was in quotes up there. Well caught, eagle-eyed reader. Turns out that actual museums have a bit of a problem with Ham using the moniker on his business.
Museums, you see, contain actual artifacts. Historical objects. The creation “museum?” Well, it’s more like a Disney World, only for the willfully ignorant. There’s nothing genuine in there, just replicas of what they believe certain objects looked like. Imagine taking a paper mache project from your 3rd grader, putting it on a table and designating your kitchen a “museum.” It’s kinda like that.
You know how actual churches are open to all? Sure, you’re supposed to tithe, but it isn’t required. Well, the creation “museum” is more like Scientology: we have the “truth,” and we’re charging you for it.
That’s right, it’s open to those in search of knowledge or truth, but only for a fee. Like a church, if Ham was actually interested in sharing his belief with others, he could call for donations to keep the “museum” afloat, but he’d rather charge admission. And profit.
His “museum” hasn’t been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and in fact the best quote about it is: [On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being best], I’d give [the museum] a 4 for technology”, but added he’d also give it “5 for propaganda” and “As for content, I’d give it a negative 5.” (Attributed to “Krauss,” in Wikipedia)
But, despite all the criticism, Ham states the “museum” is so a MUSEUM, and stands by everything it purports.
Kudos, Mr. Ham.
You are truly courageous.
Comedian and author Nathan Timmel writes WWJDW (What Would Jesus Do Wednesdays) here on Laughing in Disbelief. His books include Are You There, Xenu? It’s Me, Nathan and Hey Buddy…: Dubious Advice From Dad.
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