Here We Go: University Cancels Event With Ken Ham After LGBT Group Complains

Petersburg, UNITED STATES: TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MIRA OBERMAN “US-POLITICS-RELIGION-MUSEUM-CREATIONISM” Ken A. Ham President and Chief Executive Officer of Answer in Genesis stands with a mechanical Utahraptor 16 May 2007 at The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot museum will demonstrate the Bible?s authority in all matters including science is scheduled to open to the public 28 May 2007. The museum is a fully engaging, sensory experience with murals and realistic scenery, computer-generated visual effects, over fifty exotic animals, life-sized people and dinosaur animatronics, and a special-effects theater complete with misty sea breezes and rumbling seats. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Christian apologist and creationist Ken Ham has been dropped from the speaking lineup of a public university after a campus LGBT group complained to event organizers, Ham said in a Feb. 6 press release.

Ham was to speak March 5 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on “Genesis and the State of the Culture,” in an event organized by the UCO Student Association (UCOSA). But UCOSA cancelled the event when a pro-LGBT group objected, said Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) apologetics ministry that built the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky.

Instead, Ham will speak March 5 at Fairview Baptist (Independent) Church near the university as a guest of pastor Paul Blair, whose church operates the UCO campus ministry Valid Worldview (VW).

UCO’s administration supports free speech and had encouraged the event before the UCOSA’s executive committee voted to cancel under unspecified pressure, the university’s communications office told Baptist Press today.

“In a statement, the UCOSA president said there was some concern and pressure expressed to him by other students and student groups that influenced that decision,” Charlie Johnson, UCO vice president for university communications said. “In the spirit of the UCO policy on freedom of expression, the university President, Provost and the Vice President of Student Affairs supported and did not deny the proposal to bring Mr. Ham to campus to encourage conversation and debate of diverse perspectives. This was prior to UCOSA’s cancellation of the invitation to Mr. Ham.”

UCOSA President Stockton Duvall also tweeted that he takes responsibility for the cancellation, but was pressured by “a very vocal group on campus that has little tolerance for opposing viewpoints.”

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Source: Baptist Press