You all watch the Answers in Genesis news show, right? Of course you do. They recap the news twice a week, offering their conservative, Creationist perspectives. Think of it as explanatory journalism but without either of those things.
Reader Kerri was watching yesterday’s episode when she noticed a couple of things worth sharing.
At 5:15, Ken Ham mentions that “we actually have a lot of jobs that we can’t fill here at the Creation Museum.” He says that applies to Ark Encounter, too. And he’s right; just look at the part-time, full-time, and seasonal job openings.
That’s quite the statement, though, considering that one of the main selling points to build Ark Encounter in the city of Williamstown was that local residents would get first crack at all the new jobs that would be created. They needed work; Ken Ham was creating jobs. That should’ve worked out perfectly.
So what gives?
Well, as critics predicted (but as Grant County residents learned too late), all of those jobs are only available to people who share Ken Ham’s beliefs.
For example, if you want to apply for the full-time job of Master Plumber, you must include in your application your “salvation testimony” (that you’ve been saved by Jesus), your “Creation belief statement” (that evolution as we know it is a lie and the Earth is only a few thousand years old) and “Confirmation of your agreement with the AiG Statement of Faith” (which, among other things, says the “only legitimate marriage” is between opposite sex couples and implies that transgender people don’t really exist).
Why do you need to be an anti-LGBTQ Young Earth Creationist when you’re applying to be a plumber? You don’t. But those are the rules Ham enforces. As a result, there are a ton of job openings and presumably a lot of local people who can’t get a job because they accept science, don’t have a problem with LGBTQ people, or believe in Jesus but not the right way.
It’s not that Ham’s restrictions are illegal. They’re just dumb.
At the 25:00 mark, Avery Foley brings up the story of how Kennesaw State University in Georgia supposed required some students to “confess” their white privilege as part of their grades. (The story comes from FOX News’ Todd Starnes, though, which means you shouldn’t accept a word of it until you see more context from the original source.)
In any case, that led the Creationists to talk about how white privilege doesn’t exist because race isn’t real.
Ham, as he so often does, dismissed the idea that race is a thing: “We’re all the same skin color; it’s just a matter of how much of the pigment you have or don’t have.” I know what he’s trying to say — and Ham has never been guilty of being racist — but he’s completely oblivious to the realities faced by people of color. Saying race shouldn’t matter doesn’t mean race doesn’t matter.
And then, like clockwork, they began discussing how Christians were the ones who had it really hard in society.
Here’s Foley at 27:53:
… Now they’re saying that not only is there white privilege, now there’s Christian privilege, too. But Christians are the most persecuted group around the world… There’s no such thing as that. Christians are being increasingly persecuted.
As we wrote earlier on this site, Christian privilege is real. Christianity is basically treated as the “default” religion in this country — and those who follow it benefit from that. To ignore what non-Christians have to deal with is to be willfully ignorant.
So… par for the course at the Creation Museum.