Twitter Loves Ken Ham’s #DarwinWasWrongDay

Thanks to Ken Ham, #DarwinWasWrongDay is trending on Twitter. Then, perhaps it might be more accurate to say that the hashtag is trending thanks to Ham’s detractors — though there are a few serious posts scattered about, the majority are mocking the Creation Museum’s denial of evolution. The hashtag arose after Ham opposed a motion in Congress to declare February 12 as “Darwin Day,” and said that, instead, it should be called ” ‘Darwin Was Wrong’ Day.”

On his Answers In Genesis website, Ken Ham declared on Monday that February 12, Darwin’s birthday, should be used to prove that Darwin messed up.

“This year, on February 12, instead of celebrating Darwin’s anti-God religion, we can take this opportunity to show the world that Darwin’s ideas about our supposed evolutionary origins were wrong, and that God’s Word is true, from the very beginning. Let’s make February 12 Darwin Was Wrong Day and point people to the truth of God’s Word.”

In response, #DarwinWasWrongDay began to trend on Twitter, making fun of the idea. It began with Zack Kopplin, who became known as a student activist when he began campaigning, during high school, to keep creationism out of public school classrooms. He’s now a political activist, who has worked with science groups and politicians to promote separation of church and state.

He opened the discussion on Twitter, inviting people to tell how “Darwin Was Wrong Day” might be celebrated.

As Kopplin continued to promote the hashtag throughout the day, responses rolled in. There were references to Ken Ham’s big debate with Bill Nye, evolution, the fact that gravity is a ‘theory’ in the same sense that evolution is (more accurately, gravity is explained by Einstein’s theory of relativity, according to the Happy Scientist), an understanding of evolution as a basis for vaccines, and more.

Then, there are these two tweets that sum up a scientific view of Ken Ham’s “Darwin Was Wrong Day.”

Ken Ham inadvertently set #DarwinWasWrongDay into motion — but it looks like the idea has evolved far from what he may have intended.

[Photo credit: John Scalzi]