Here it is (with some bold font for emphasis added by me, since Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook apparently don’t know what bold font is):
All I keep hearing from the Ham-Camp is that our kids are becoming atheists due to evolution. NOT SO!!! Kids turn away from their faith when they are forced to choose between evolution or Ham’s theory of faith. It’s ridiculous!
I grew up believing evolution and that God had chosen this method for life. It never once conflicted with my faith. Then my husband and I attended an AIG church that had me shaking in my boots that I had somehow missed something so huge and was probably never even a believer because of it. I’m so glad we are away from that.
Our kids were slightly indoctrinated by that, so I feel like I’m doing damage control. I’m thankful for sites such as this and Bio Logos to refer my kids to so they are NEVER forced to make a decision that has no impact on their faith. Ken Ham and his followers lead more people away from Jesus than any atheists I know of.
This commenter’s perspective hits home because it comes from a place of personal experience. But it also makes intuitive sense. I understand why Christian parents are afraid of the “secular” boogeyman; really, I do. And I understand the instinct that kicks in when you are afraid: to hunker down, to try and shield those whom you love from a world you’re afraid might steal from them that which is most precious.
But — and this is a big “but” (that’s why I bolded it) — this is a really, really bad idea. The gospel is not meant to be spread, nor sustained, through fear. It is the “good” news, and fear is antithetical to the spirit of God.
And it just plain makes sense that teaching anyone that they have to choose between Christianity and atheism, with no other options allowed without “compromising,” is going to force most smart people to pick atheism. Especially since, in the construct offered by Ham and those who follow him, the atheism “side” has all the evidence in favor of it, and the Christianity side has little more than fear-mongering, deceit and some embarrassingly bad cartoons.