Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kentucky is the Smartest State According to Ken Ham

This is just classic!

Ken Ham runs a creationist museum in Kentucky and he has managed to secure government support for tax incentives to build an Ark Encounter where they can mis-teach the masses on the authenticity of Noah's Flood, etc.  Needless to say, he had been taking a lot of flack for this, so Ken decides to respond with a blog.  The blog is "How Does Kentucky Line Up with the Rest of the States?

At one point in the bullet list of things about Kentucky, none of which are relevant to the argument, is the following gem:
  • And . . . in regard to education? Someone better tell Jay Leno and Hollywood in California that according to statistics on education (i.e., which is the smartest state?), Kentucky ranked higher than these following states (and significantly higher than California where Jay Leno lives) based on 21 factors (see
  1. Kentucky
  2. Arkansas
  3. Washington
  4. Ohio
  5. Illinois
  6. Oklahoma
  7. West Virginia
  8. Utah
  9. Michigan
  10. Oregon
  11. Georgia
  12. Hawaii
  13. New Mexico
  14. Louisiana
  15. Alabama
  16. Alaska
  17. California
  18. Mississippi
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona
Wow!  Kentucky is the smartest state!  Well, not really, but there is a certain level of dishonesty here.  His claim is that Kentucky is ranked higher than states such as California (as a dig to Leno who joked about his Ark Encounter), which is correct, but he numbered his list with Kentucky starting as number 1.  Well, if you follow the link above, you will see that Kentucky is actually ranked 31st, although his numbering is implying that Kentucky is ranked first.  Such is the subtle dishonesty of Ken Ham, who no doubts suffers from severe headaches from all the mental gymnastics his brain must go through to justify his belief.

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