Ken Ham has cooked up a new way to increase the gross number of people coming through the turnstiles at the Creation Museum. This coming year, all children under the age of thirteen will be admitted free of charge:
As part of our 2013–2014 theme “Standing Our Ground—Rescuing Our Kids” (Galatians 1:4), we have decided to do something very special to help teach children the truth concerning the Bible:For the entire coming year, January 1 through December 31, 2014, we are going to allow all kids who are 12 years old and under to come to the Creation Museum free of charge!The only stipulation is that the children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult. (Kids have to be accompanied by an adult anyway in the museum.) I’m sure you are as excited as we are about this wonderful new outreach.
I want to encourage adults to round up as many kids as they can and bring them to the Creation Museum in 2014. One idea would be that your family could offer to pay for an adult friend’s admission and have that person bring their kids (and even their kids’ friends) for free as a way of witnessing to them—or encouraging them in the Christian faith if they are believers. I’m sure each of us can come up with all sorts of similar ideas to reach children. Let’s make 2014 the “year of the kids” at the Creation Museum!
Now Ham knows this will NOT increase the amount of income for the Creation Museum, so he is using the time-honored, guilt inducing tactic, DO IT FOR THE KIDS, to get people to give money to the Creation Museum:
Our calculations have shown that income from paid children’s tickets for ages 6–12 this past year brought in around $225,000. So, to allow all children 12 and under to visit free is going to significantly impact our bottom line for the Creation Museum.
But I believe it’s imperative that we help parents and other adults to bring as many children as possible to the Bible-proclaiming and evangelistic Creation Museum. You are aware that the Bible-upholding information that AiG makes available through the museum and our other outreaches is by and large censored from the culture. The secularists don’t want children to hear the life-changing information we present. They know it will cause many of them to look seriously at God’s Word and listen to the saving message of the gospel.
The god of this world is doing all he can to capture your children! With God’s help and your support, we need to rescue them! We are burdened to see all these dear children’s hearts captured for the Lord Jesus Christ—the Creator God and the God of salvation.
Now, this is where I need your help for this great outreach to our younger generation. As we have taken this big step of faith, we are sharing this incredible museum opportunity with you as together we can help reach children through the Creation Museum. I am asking you to prayerfully consider a generous year-end gift to help AiG and allow us to offer all these children to visit the Creation Museum at no charge.
The most interesting thing about this is not Ham using kids to extract money from people. Companies, advertisers, and churches do this all the time. Kids are a sure way to get to an adults wallet and Ham knows this. What I found most interesting is how Ham marketed this on his website compared to how he marketed it on his Facebook page.
On the website, Ham wrote:
Because of my intense burden to reach this generation and the next ones with the truth of God’s Word and the gospel, we have just made a big decision at the Creation Museum. I think it will thrill you.
But on his Facebook page, which is frequented by devoted, full of the Holy Ghost creationists, Ham wrote:
Because the atheists are so aggressive in trying to capture your kids minds for the evil one, we wanted to be aggressive in helping you reach as many kids as possible with the truth of God’s Word and the gospel.
So, for the whole of 2014, all kids 12 and under will have FREE admission to the Creation Museum. Bring as many kids as you can (kids must be accompanied by an adult). Let’s reach the coming generation of kids with the truth of the creation gospel message.
Do you see the difference? When it comes to stirring up the zealots on his Facebook page, he is quick to use the, atheists are out to get your kids, scare tactic. I suspect we atheists are good for Ham’s fund raising. Except for one, little detail.. I suspect a large number of the children who come through the turnstiles of the Creation Museum are homeschooled or attend a private Christian school. Unless there are members of the Clergy Project teaching these children, they are pretty much immune from having their intellect snatched by atheist brain snatchers.
According to Ham, the Creation Museum took in about $225,000.00 in child ticket income. A child ticket costs $15.95. (ages five through twelve) This means that roughly 14,000 children attended the Creation Museum last year. That’s it. There are roughly 25,000,000 children ages six through eleven in the United States. This means that .056% of children ages six through eleven in the United States paid for a ticket at the Creation Museum last year. Keep in mind that the number is probably even worse than this since the child tickets number is for ages five though twelve and the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics number is for ages six through eleven.
Ham can say what he wants… but these numbers don’t lie.