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Bill Maher interviews Ken Ham

February 12, 2007

Has anyone beeen to the creation museum?  What are your thoughts? 

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Comedian Bill Maher has made a career out of mocking religion, but the founder of a Bible-based history museum in the Cincinnati area isn’t laughing.

Christian publisher Ken Ham said Maher showed up unannounced this week to videotape an interview with him at Ham’s Creation Museum. The $25 million facility, due to open in the spring, tells visitors that the earth is just a few thousand years old and that Adam and Eve lived among the dinosaurs.

Ham said a camera crew arranged a Monday visit to the museum, but he was not told the crew was connected with Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“They sneaked Bill Maher into the building while I was waiting for an interview,” Ham wrote in a blog he maintains on the Web site of his publishing company, Answers in Genesis.

Maher visited the museum for a documentary he’s been filming on religion, his publicist, Sarah Fuller, said Friday. She said he’s traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe for the project.

“He’s been all over the place,” she said. Fuller said she wasn’t familiar with how the interview with Ham was conducted.

Ham called Maher’s visit an “elaborate deception.” He said the film crew asked for a one-on-one interview with Ham after a tour of the museum. After the tour, crew members asked for permission to bring some camera equipment in through the back of the building. Ham wrote that the crew drove to the rear, then distracted an employee as Maher ducked into the building.

Ham said he was shocked, but agreed to the interview.

“Bill Maher did interview me; though respectful in one sense, most of his questions were just mocking attacks on God’s word,” Ham wrote in the blog on Wednesday.

Ham declined on Friday to comment further on Maher’s visit.

“Ken is not upset,” said Mark Looy, a spokesman for Answers in Genesis. “It’s just that the crew that came here never told us that Bill Maher was a part (of the interview).” Looy said the crew told him they were producing a documentary on international religions.

Ham said years ago he had turned down a request to appear on Maher’s former show, ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” because he said he was sure he would be mocked.

“Maher is a notorious anti-Christian,” Ham wrote in the blog.

Maher, 51, has called organized religion a “neurological disorder” in his comedy routines and on his HBO show, a round-table discussion with celebrities and political and religious figures.

The comedian’s biting statements have brought him attention and trouble. Maher has said ABC canceled “Politically Incorrect” because he made a remark in the days after Sept. 11 that characterized previous U.S. military actions as cowardly. Maher was heavily criticized for the statement, but later said he meant American politicians who authorize long-distance attacks, and not the soldiers who carry them out, are cowards.

Ham is building the Creation Museum with private donations and funding from his publishing company, which he started in the 1970s. He said the goal of the museum is to challenge scientific points of view about the origins of life.

The state-of-the-art facility will include a 180-seat special-effects theater, a 40-foot-tall recreation of Noah’s Ark and robotic dinosaurs.

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One comment

  1. No doubt Ham is a qualified defender of the logical argument that the Genesis account is correct. He certainly made good arguments in the interview, as certainly as Maher edited them out!!



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