Once again, Ken Ham and his group Answers in Genesis have interjected their ludicrous opinions somewhere they are not wanted, and frankly, I don’t think anyone really cares. Ken Ham, a man who needs no introduction, hates Halloween. Surprise! While Ham has been known to speak out against the holiday, this year he’s taking it a step further by targeting children.
Year after year, Ham has attacked Halloween as a satanic pagan practice that praises the devil and celebrates all that is evil. I know what you’re thinking—Ken Ham is a Christian who enthusiastically celebrates Christmas, a holiday that piggybacked off of pagan celebrations in Europe because Christians couldn’t agree on the actual date of Jesus’s birth, a holiday that was condemned in America by the Puritans and wasn’t widely celebrated in the US until the 1800s. This same man is now damning children for celebrating a holiday that he only assumes is pagan although during the 8th century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saints’ Day to honor saints and martyrs and named the night before as All Hallows’ Eve.
This year, Ham’s got a tactic that he’s sure will be the final blow to this “satanic” holiday. Answers in Genesis has created fake one million dollar bills containing some pretty rude messages on them like, “Have you lied, stolen, or used God’s name in vain? The penalty for your crimes against God is death and eternal hell.” Another bill, which randomly features a terrifying image of an angry dinosaur, covers the sins of lying to parents and theft, while also comparing “looking with lust” to committing adultery. And because Ken obviously thinks children are wretched, lying creatures, his “money” warns them that hiding from God will be of no use since “God knows your every thought.” Creepy.
This fake money is, of course, for sale. Did you think he was giving money away for free? But wait, there’s more! For Christians on a mission, you can purchase the whole “Halloween Learn and Share Kit” for just $17.99. The kit comes complete with fearmongering one million dollar bills, anti-Halloween lecture DVDs, and a book all about the evils of Halloween. It’s like the anti-Happy Meal. However, the group understands that these kits are not accessible to just anyone, so they also reminded adults to take this holiday as an opportunity to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And you thought the house that gave out fruit for Halloween was bad. Ken Ham has taken the term “party pooper” to a new level. What’s next, Ken? Filling birthday piñatas with the blood of Christ? Way to ruin childhood!
Children playing dress-up with their friends and family, walking around filling their bags with candy, and purely having fun is not evil, Ken Ham. Luring them with fake money and threatening them with eternal damnation and pain is evil. It’s wrong and it’s abusive.