Good idea or not? I say publicity stunt from Ham.
Ken Ham, of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, challenged Bill Nye to a public debate and Nye accepted! It will take place February 4th at the museum and is titled. “Is Creation A Viable Model of Origins?”
Ken Ham writes:
Because our ministry theme for 2013 and for 2014 is “Standing Our Ground, Rescuing Our Kids,” our staff thought that a debate on creation vs. evolution with a man who has influenced so many children to believe in evolution would be a good idea. Now, those of you who know me realize that I don’t relish public debates, so please pray for me. But this debate will help highlight the fact that so many young people are dismissing the Bible because of evolution, and even many young people who had grown up in the church decided to leave the church because they saw evolution as showing the Bible could not be trusted.
Ham isn’t fond of debates? Kids are dismissing the Bible because of evolution? Uh…
I am not a fan of debates either because they are hardly about facts, they are about showmanship. And the absurd idea of Biblical literalism does not deserve a place on stage with a rock solid explanation of nature. At least Nye has the ability to be charming and say the right things. I can’t say I feel the same for Ham for whom I have no respect. I don’t think he’s an idiot as Dangerous Minds called him; he knows what he’s doing. He’s just a denialist. Nye may very well know what he’s up against and will prepare for it. But debates like this aren’t for winning, they are for grandstanding.
So, “Is Creation A Viable Model of Origins?” GOD, no! But notice already how convoluted this is – origins is something different than evolution. Is this another in a long line of gimmicks Ham has been using to drum up needed interest in the failing museum? He’s tried billboards, dinosaurs, dragons, zip lines, a $10K challenge… And his ark park is sinking as well.
I’d say it’s another desperate attempt at credibility and cash – tickets are $25.
Best of luck, Bill.
More background on this. Bill Nye speaks the truth about creationism, gets slammed.