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One day After Evolution vs. Creation Debate, Aussies and Christians Line Up to Distance Themselves from Ken Ham

One day after the evolution vs. creationism debate held at the Creation Museum, the internet has lit up with folks that want you to know that even if they are Australian or Christian, they are nothing like the Australian-born creationist debater Ken Ham.

“Well this is embarrassing,” Australian writer John Birmingham wrote in the Brisbane Times. “For God’s sake, how did he get out?”

 The tongue-in-cheek article continued by explaining the Gitmo-like facility where they ‘store’ the biblically insane. “I’m sorry, Kentucky. We could have kept him here, you know. We have a large containment facility where we store all of our Ken Hams.”

Birmingham continued by stressing he and his fellow Aussies winced and suffered along with the rest of the world as Ham pontificated on a 6,000 year old earth. “If it helps we cringed a lot as the cheerful creationist debated your popular scientist Mr. Bill Nye, wherein by debate I meant faithfully repeat things that couldn’t possibly be true.”

 Yet, while Birmingham’s sarcastic apology might be dismissed as a product of liberal media bias aimed at a conservative voice, even evangelical Christians, those Ham claimed to represent, distanced themselves from the creationist post-debate.

 “I am an evangelical Christian. I believe God created the world, that all mankind needs a savior, that hell is real, that Jesus really rose from the dead, and that he’s coming back someday,” Brad Kramer wrote for the Daily Beast. “I believe the Bible is all the word of God, and that it is truth from cover to cover. And I am tired of Ken Ham and others like him, defining what it means to believe the things I do.”

The biggest blow to Ham, though, may have come from conservative Christian stalwart and televangelist Pat Robertson who took to his talk show this morning to announce that people like Ham simply make evangelical Christianity look bad.

“Let’s face it, there was a bishop [Ussher] who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years,” Robertson said. “There ain’t no way that’s possible.”

 He continued by calling the idea of a 6,000 year-old earth as “just nonsense,” and pointed out that the idea “just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”

 He concluded by telling Ham and other creationists have turned Christianity into a laughing-stock. “Let’s be real,” Robertson said. “let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”

Photo Credit: Youtube/Nye vs. Ham Debate-ASL edition

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