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Ken Ham: Atheists Are Fighting Not Against Christians, but Jesus and His Message

Ken Ham: Atheists Are Fighting Not Against Christians, but Jesus and His Message

Ken Ham, president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, an organization that argues in favor of a literal reading of the Genesis account of Creation. Photo from 2008. | (Photo: courtesy Answers in Genesis)

Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham is arguing that secular legal groups working against Christians are fighting against Jesus and his counter-cultural message.

Ham writes on his AiG blog that the Freedom from Religion Foundation is attempting to remove Christianity from the public sphere, such as a recent case where the FFRF pressured a school in Colorado to stop allowing Bibles to be distributed to students, or be forced to allow Satanic material to be handed out as well.

"The FFRF leaders claim to want 'the school to stop allowing the distribution of religious material altogether,' but they are willing to allow Satanic material to be given out to accomplish this — anything, as long as it's not the Bible," Ham wrote, accusing secular groups of trying to push their "religion of secularism and atheism" on people.

"Now their anti-Christian rhetoric shouldn't surprise us. The message of Christianity and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is countercultural. Our culture does not like the message that there is only one way of salvation, that they are sinners deserving of punishment, and that they must repent and trust in Christ to be saved," he continued.

"This message has made people angry from the days of Jesus right up until now, and people will not stop fighting it until Jesus returns."

The creationist claimed that ultimately groups like the FFRF aren't "fighting against us, but against Jesus and His message."

He suggested that such groups are "made up of lost individuals who — like everyone — desperately need the forgiveness and hope that Jesus offers."

For its part, FFRF has argued that the reason why it often speaks out against public schools allowing Bibles to be handed out is because "we do not think schools should be a battleground for religious ideas."

"But when schools allow the Gideons to prey on children, their message of eternal damnation for any who don't believe in their god must be countered," FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew L. Seidel argued.

Ham has spoken out about a number of stories in which he says Christians are being targeted in Western society, including a case surrounding a prison chaplain in the U.K. who was forced to resign from his position after authorities warned him to stop preaching Bible passages that talked about homosexuality.

"This is an alarming example of how quickly Christians are losing religious freedom across the West. In this case, it wasn't even acceptable for this chaplain to use God's Word during a chapel service — a completely voluntary service where those attending would expect to hear from God's Word. It won't be long before we see this happening in other countries, including America," Ham wrote back in March.

"And really, the authorities are saying the Bible itself is not suitable for people! How long before it will be outlawed?" he asked.

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