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Short version: HA-ha!

Longer version: Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis, who you may know as the carny-hawkers of creationism, inerrant Biblical literalism, and builders of that totem to ignorance known colloquially as the Creation Museum currently squatting in Kentucky, have been un-invited from two Christian homeschooling conferences. Why? AiG rhetorically asks the same question. The posted letter informing them of this decision by the organizers of "Great Homeschool Conventions" makes clear their position; that public statements by Ham attacking other invited presenters crossed a line of comfort for GHC and they felt it better for their cause to disassociate themselves.

It should be needless to say that Ham never met a disagreement he couldn't victimize himself with. If you're curious about the specifics of his defense, see the link above.

Instead, I'm going to cherry pick some phrases from AiG's response to propose an alternative opinion about why Ham and his clan were asked to stay away.

Remember that AiG is guided by Biblical literalism - that every word is divinely inspired, that every event depicted is a historical record, that every decree is an instruction from God that is to be followed to the letter. From AiG's response letter linked above, in addressing perceived deficiencies of another GHC invited speaker:
For the moment, you should be aware that Dr. Enns makes it clear that sin should not be discussed with young children because it will cause problems with their view of God. He also doesn’t believe in a literal Adam and literal Fall.
Or there's AiG's perception of themselves as the last bulwark against compromise in defense of literalism (I lost track of the number of times "compromise" was used as a derogatory):
We at AiG are burdened before the Lord that parents may choose to use the Bible curriculum from Dr. Enns, without being aware of the destructive teachings in it.[...] Someone needs to stand against the compromise that is pouring into the church from many directions.
AiG is very, very big on the "authority" of Scripture, referring to it no less than 7 times in their response:
Because we publicly exposed one of their speakers and his curriculum because his beliefs clearly undermine the authority of Scripture,...
We at Answers in Genesis are on a crusade—a mission. We continue to move ahead to call the church and culture back to the authority of God’s Word....
It is sad that a speaker and ministry, which stand boldly and uncompromisingly on the authority of God’s Word, are eliminated from a homeschool convention...
We have made this point over and over again: we recognize that Christians who believe millions of years, evolution, Adam is a metaphor, etc. are undermining the authority of God’s Word. The issue comes down to one of authority....

That's AiG's position. Uncompromising defense of the supremacy of Scripture and unquestioning practice of it's demands. Just how far does AiG think this defense should go? Not a rhetorical question at all as it turns out; AiG conveniently provides their answer to this via the words of the Book of Mark, specifically Mark 9:42(quote taken from the New International Version, other translations similar):
Our Creator and Savior, the Word, the Lord Jesus, certainly confronted compromisers publicly. He taught, “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea” (Mark 9:42).
Returning to the question of why AiG was un-invited? Perhaps it's because GHC is worried Ham and his minions plan to step up their game and start drowning other speakers.

Protip: Should Ham succeed in convincing the legislature of Kentucky to force the taxpayers to help fund his latest folly (a biblically themed amusement park named Ark Encounters), you might want to consider avoiding the dunk tank attraction lest you end up accused of negligent homicide.

Date: 2011-03-23 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antarctico.livejournal.com
Wow -- too crazy even for Christian home schoolers. Um, neat?

Date: 2011-03-23 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curvemudgeon.livejournal.com
Not really, considering:
Please know that our Board is 100% young earth and we largely share AIG's perspective from a scientific standpoint.
. I'm thinking greed. I imagine the amount of money to be made out of fleecing the ignorant is an ever shrinking pot and GHC's thinking is, "goddamn it this is our scam, not his!"

Date: 2011-03-23 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antarctico.livejournal.com
As always, follow the money. BTW, I love your cockeyed optimism that the fleecable ignoramus pot is shrinking. ;)

Date: 2011-03-23 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pastor-saturn.livejournal.com
Hmph. There is nothing scientific about that standpoint. >:/

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