Ken Ham in Wichita, October 13th

October 15, 2007 at 9:21 am | Posted in Journal of Anti-Science meetings | 1 Comment

This was easily the most bizarre meeting I’ve been to.

At the last minute, the venue was changed from Sunrise Academy to Immanuel, a truly impressive mega-church in Wichita. I have to admit, the change of venue to a church itself, and the odd way in which the meeting progressed had me raise the bar on my tolerance level before I’d say anything. Honestly, Ham has gotten rich off this for a good reason, he’s really slick about it, and the whole thing was such an odd mess that observing it was a lot to handle.

What was billed as a Christian rally for “reclaiming the culture,” was little more than a live infomercial.

Not only were all sorts of books available for sale in the lobby, which is normal, but so were DVDs, software, and a few other products like lotion made partially out of mud from the Dead Sea – which the president for Sunrise Academy claimed was for charity to benefit Myanmar.

Then, during the presentation, there were pitches for several different promotional offers during Brannon Howse’s presentation, which started with a lot of seemingly bizarre talk about current events in US politics.

As Howse was wrapping up, he introduced someone named Landon who gave a 15-minute sales pitch on Bible software, that he presented on each of the mega-church’s 2 giant screens.

Then Ham took the stage and made a series of juvenile comments, but I have to give credit where credit is due. He’s a bullshit artist like none I’ve seen. He really is funny and charming, and in his misinformation presentations in person, his delivery is of such a nature that he makes it hard to bust him in front of an audience who is there to buy what he’s selling. And I can tell that he’s scientifically literate, he’s just telling people lies that they want to hear.

After about 30-45 minutes, Ham started using the big screens to promote several of his own books and DVDs for sale in the lobby that were for sale at prices well below his claimed value.

Most of the products available had a value versus the night’s sale price. It was an infomercial. A really, really strange informercial for me, because I was actually there.

I could tell that a lot of the audience was uncomfortable as the product assault progressed, and several of them left as Ham went through product after product after product. And really, out of the crowd of, I think, about 2000, it seemed as though many of them were looking at each other puzzled as Ham spoke out against searching for objective historical truths.

This meeting gave me hope. It seemed for being an audience of die hards, they weren’t as lively or even interested as I’ve seen at most of the other meetings.

I have some audio of it which I will post soon.

KEN HAM LOCATION CHANGED

October 13, 2007 at 4:02 am | Posted in Events | Leave a comment

I received this email today:

Please note: Ken Ham and Brannon Howse are the speakers for the Wichita Code Blue Rally and the event starts at 5:30pm and will be held at:

 

Immanuel Baptist Church
1415 S. Topeka
Wichita, KS 67211

Here is a link to the rally workbook.

 

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/secure/store/adminworkbook.php?ProductID=476&OrderID=X

 

 

 

Please print this out and bring it with you. We don’t have workbooks available at the rally because of the cost of printing.

 

 

Please note that the rally starts at 5:30pm and concludes at 9:00pm and will be held at:

 

We had to move it due to the large response. Please let your friends know so no one goes to the wrong location.

Saturday, October 13, 2007. Wichita, KS

October 5, 2007 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Events | 3 Comments

What a strange day brewing for Wichita, KS.

On the same day (Louis) Leakey’s Angel Jane Goodall is speaking at Wichita State University, Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham is speaking at Sunrise Academy. One of the most visible and well-respected scientists alive today at a public university at 2PM, and one of the leaders of the anti-science movement that has made Kansas a laughing stock to the rest of the civilized world at a private school at 6PM.

Information about Jane Goodall’s visit to Wichita State.

Information about Ken Ham’s visit to Sunrise Academy. 

I’ll be attending both events.

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