I’ll Give You $1,000,000 if This Creationist Plan Works

Here comes Halloween, and in the USA that means giving out candy to neighborhood kids who come to your door dressed as Elsa. The radical creationists at Answers in Genesis have offered their fundamentalist friends a way to spread the gospel among trick-or-treaters. Can we put aside our differences about creationism and evolution for a second just to consider this simple question: Would any child REALLY prefer a creationist tract to a candy bar?

First, a little background: Like a lot of super-conservative Christians, the folks at Answers in Genesis are nervous about Halloween. They warn that this holiday can turn children’s heads and embroil them in the very real dangers of witchcraft and Satanism.

AIG money treats

Want some candy? How about these tracts instead?

What can Christian parents do? AIG suggests giving out tracts featuring dinosaurs and fake million-dollar bills. As AIG leader Ken Ham enthuses,

Kids love these, and it’s a fun way to share the gospel—something worth far more than a million dollars!—with children and their families.

Ken Ham and I disagree on a lot of things, but this just might be the simplest, starkest disagreement we’ve had.

“Kids love these”? Really? I can’t imagine many kids being excited to receive a fake million dollar bill instead of a Kit Kat or Twix. If I were a creation-evangelist, the last thing I would do is replace candy with fake money and creationist propaganda. I can’t imagine a better way to turn kids AWAY from the radical-creationist message.

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  1. LisaM

     /  October 8, 2019

    I used to work for a Pediatric Dentist. His Halloween treats were toothbrushes with his name and phone #. Every Nov 1st he would find the toothbrushes thrown on his yard and throughout the neighborhood. It took him a few years, but he finally decided to just give out a candy goody bag with his business card inside because the kids would skip coming to his house at all.

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    • Ha! That’s just what I mean. Although I am in favor of good dental health and not in favor of converting kids to radical creationism, I can’t help but think that the strategy ought to be the same. In general, you don’t get kids to embrace your message if you disappoint them on Halloween.

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