And he doesn’t even appreciate how deranged it all is! He just published some fan mail titled “Overheard in a locker room” (it’s a fundagelical locker room, apparently, so don’t expect anything crude: the strongest word used is “crap”, and even that gets edited out.) But wow, does this letter ever highlight a bunch of the under-appreciated tropes of the modern creationist movement.
I wanted to offer a word of encouragement. I recently returned from visiting the Creation Museum. I was at the gym, in the locker room, telling a pastor how great the museum was. Pastor Jack asked me, “You believe in a literal 6 days?”
“Absolutely!” I replied.
Then out of nowhere, a man came around the corner who overheard our conversation said, “Ken Ham is a piece of c—.”
This man went on to tell me that he has four degrees, studies fossils, bends light, is a Christian, and is a follower of Reasons to Believe and its president Hugh Ross.
[1. Notice that this is a conflict between a young earth creationist and a slightly more liberal Christian (very slightly, if he's giving Hugh Ross any credibility). They don't care much about atheists except as boogiemen, like Satan, and see the real battle as one between slightly different Christian sects.]
But out of his same mouth he called a fellow Christian a piece of c—. There was no sign of the humble heart of a Christian.
I thought: You have got to be kidding me, right!?
I stood in my underwear arguing with this man (possibly a professor) about God being big enough to do what He said in Genesis.
[2. "We're sooooo humble, but our god is so much bigger than their god."]
I can’t believe that I have fellow brothers and sisters wanting to side with “scientists”.
[3. On the one hand, the creationists desperately desire to don the mantle of the "True Scientist"; on the other, they deeply distrust and despise scientists. We are their "other"…but weirdly, we are the "other" that they wish they were.]
This has been a real eye-opener for me.
I lead a men’s morning study and I am very excited to take the men down this road. Thank you for the resources, and thank you for being willing to stand on God’s Word while we have brothers and sisters scoffing at us. May our God strengthen you in your work.
[4. Two things: this is an evangelical young earth creationism. The reason creationism is so widespread in the US is that they have effectively coupled what was once a fringe belief in the Christian community, that the earth is only 6000 years old, to proper beliefs in god and morality. And they are damn sure going to make their neighbors follow the straight and narrow, which now includes creationism. The other thing to notice is the reinforcement of sex roles in these churches. Why should there be male and female guidance in understanding the Bible? Why do men and women need separate Bible study sessions? Because they're reinforcing boundaries.]
I am one of the millions of young people who was struggling with the idea of millions of years. But Ken spoke at my church in Boise, Idaho, 8 years ago, and God really used this AiG ministry to strengthen my faith.
In Christ’s grip,
[I'm sorry, but I have never received a letter that closes with "In Christ's grip", and I'm so jealous. I'm also thinking that these are the first words appropriate to a locker room conversation.]
– J.C., Boise, Idaho
Ken ham is a demented ideologue with scientific and religious beliefs that ought to be way out on the fringe, but never forget — and this is the scary part — he has equally deranged minions threaded through every community in the country. They’re here in Morris, Minnesota, and they’re there in your town. And they are dedicated: they are running church groups to spread that nonsense further, they are running for school boards to destroy public education, and they are effectively collaborating to elect their candidates to the city council, to state representative, to governor and senator.
The shit-house rats are cunning and organized. And they’re trying to take over the country.