Here I am in the western corner of Canada and Ken Ham is in my face expressing his opinion. How I wish he’d stay in Kentucky with his Arc Park pseudo museum. But no, the ignorance oozes over the border. This was on a local church sign. “One blood, one race. Ken Hamm (sic) video” At least he’s not here in person.
Do you find it ironic that a man who believes that the world is only 6,000 years old should hold the same opinion about race as scientists? Of course he holds this opinion for an entirely different reason. His argument is that we all descended from Noah and his family after the flood. My argument would be based on the scientific evidence and DNA analysis.
Okay, full disclosure here. I am assuming that this is Ken Ham’s argument. I have no intention of subjecting myself to a video with his name on it. I know enough about his beliefs to know I can’t handle that in a public setting without yelling obscenities at the screen. I just somehow doubt that this man who claims the earth is only a few thousand years old and that Noah’s Ark is a non-fiction historical fact and that humans interacted with dinosaurs could possibly have a justification for the statement “One blood, one race.” that I could agree with. And yet I agree with the statement. Well, if you take “blood” to mean heritage. Of course there are different bloods, and we better not mix them up or the patient will die. But yes, we are of one heritage. We all originated in Africa.
Though not after stumbling off some big amateur built boat that housed two of every kind of animal on earth, including kangaroos and koalas which managed to make their way to Australia without leaving a trace of their journey in the fossil record. That’s just stupidity on steroids.
It hurts me to think that Ken Ham has an audience in the town where I live. I thought people were smarter than that here. Okay, no I didn’t. I just don’t have much to do with people who would listen to Ken Ham. And, oddly enough, I don’t think that Ken Ham’s problems, and the problems of his followers, is a lack of intelligence. I’ve met very smart people who are young earth creationists. It’s something else. Some ability to divorce logic and reason and evidence from obvious conclusions, so that they can believe something they want to believe. That, for me, is the big mystery of religion.
One last possibility, I suppose. Maybe the name on the sign is not a typo. Maybe this really is somebody named Ken Hamm, and not the actual Ken Ham of Ark Encounters fame. Somehow I don’t think so.