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An organizer of a nationwide annual anti-evolution observance has picked Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham to win in his debate against popular scientist Bill Nye.
"Cowboy" Bob Sorenson, organizer of "Question Evolution Day," told The Christian Post that Ham was the "easy victor" between the two.
"[Ham] is well read, educated and knows how science works. Bill Nye has demonstrated that he does not know the difference between operational and historical science," said Sorenson.
"I hope that Ken Ham can keep Bill Nye on topic instead of letting him indulge in the fallacy of elephant hurling, changing the subject and so on."
Sorenson added he was "surprised" that Nye accepted the challenge, and said that he is "not fond of debates these days," since he believes often times it is "decided who will win even before it begins."
Earlier this month, Ken Ham and Bill Nye announced that they will hold a debate on Feb. 4 regarding the validity of creationism as a scientific theory.
Nye, who gained national fame as the host of the 1990s public television program "Bill Nye the Science Guy," believes in evolution and has denounced creationism.
"If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate," stated Nye in a September 2012 interview with The Associated Press.
Reportedly tickets for the debate, to be held at The Creation Museum's 900-seat Legacy Hall in Petersburg, Ky., sold out within minutes of being offered.
Sorenson's remarks come as he coordinates the third annual Question Evolution Day, scheduled for Feb. 12, which is Charles Darwin's birthday.
The focus of Question Evolution Day is to be a day in which individuals online and offline criticize the Theory of Evolution in print, typically online.
Sorenson told CP that even with the holidays and the new year lull, he has gotten much support from other online activists, including evangelist Eric Hovind of "Creation Today" and Ian Juby of "This Is Genesis Week," a syndicated YouTube and television program.
"I am going to be busy mailing and calling people to see if they want to do QED again, and I hope for more first-timers on the Web," said Sorenson.
Compared with the previous two years, interest in "The Question Evolution Project" has grown, including at social media outlets.
"We have people who are interested in becoming involved and promising to write articles for their blogs, sites and so forth," said Sorenson.
"The activities of individuals, Facebook pages and websites is difficult to gauge; for some time after last year's event, I found sites that were involved that I had not known about previously."