Creationists Furious Over Carnival Cruise Lines’ Superbowl Ad

Ken Ham and his fellow Creationists are very upset about a Carnival Cruise Lines ad that aired during the Superbowl, featuring a particularly lovely part of a 1962 speech by John F. Kennedy.

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea — and it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.”

I have actually always loved this quote. Maybe because I grew up by the sea and it still feels strange to be so far from it. I don’t believe in mystical crap, but I do know what it is to feel tied to the ocean. However, Ken Ham and friends are still not quite ready for the modern scientific ideas of 1962, and were deeply offended by JFK suggesting that we came from the ocean. Which, you know, we did.

Ham responded to the ad on his “Answers in Genesis” website.

Don’t you just feel this “personal connection?” After all, your ancestor came out of the sea and evolved by natural processes to produce you. Don’t you feel the connection? Don’t you just want to go on one of their cruises so you can stand on the deck of a big cruise ship, look at the sea, and contemplate your accidental beginnings—and perhaps worship the sea, because it gave birth to you!

Oh—and really, you can spend a lot of money on such a cruise, but because you evolved from the sea and are just an evolved animal, and when you die you won’t even know you existed—so you won’t even remember the cruise—so what’s the point anyway? You just evolved to have an ultimately meaningless existence!

So we have Neil deGrasse Tyson in his cosmos series telling us we are all stardust—we are children of the stars.

And the Carnival Cruise Corporation telling us we all came from the sea.

So—worship the stars and worship the sea! That’s the increasing state of our culture as it abandons the truth of God’s Word.

I don’t think anyone is suggesting anyone worship the sea or the stars. I don’t think worship is even being brought into anything here. I mean, shit, people say liberals are always looking for things to get mad at? Who gets mad at a JFK quote from over half a century ago because it doesn’t align with their religious views on evolution? Who gets retroactively mad that John F. Kennedy does not share their religious beliefs?

Kennedy, by the way, was a Catholic. The Catholic Church had officially accepted the theory of evolution twelve years before this speech, so there was no religious conflict for him there. Are Ken Ham and friends mad that John F. Kennedy was Catholic? Is that not allowed? I mean, he’s quite dead so there’s not much they can do about it now.

Still, some creationists on Twitter were 100% sure that Carnival Cruise lines were advertising atheism, and being deliberately mean to people who don’t believe in evolution.

Allow me to point out here–Ayn Rand was an atheist, John F. Kennedy was not.

Way to be myopic, lady. Pretty much only evangelicals and born-agains believe in Creationism. There are lots and lots of people who believe in both god and evolution. Also, even if every single person working at Carnival Cruise Lines were an atheist (I’ll guarantee you that is not the case),  why on earth would you worship a god that would cause a disaster over that? Talk about insecure and cruel.

This man is correct. He, personally, did not crawl out of the ocean. He crawled out of his mom.

Ugh, I hate it when other Robyns are not awesome. I take it as a personal slight.

Really? It’s a pretty famous quote. Also, I am going to say that it is probably more absurd and ignorant to be unaware of the fact that Kennedy was a Catholic.

Technically, it’s 104 million that don’t believe in evolution–33% of the country believes in Creationism and there are 317 million people here. Still, it’s not what you’d call a mainstream belief, and I’m pretty sure a cruise line has no obligation to be an Evangelical Christian organization.

I don’t understand why these people can’t understand the difference between their own personal religious beliefs and literal facts. I mean, you can believe the whole Adam and Eve thing, but you can’t insist that people who are not part of your religion have to accept it as fact. People believe all kinds of things! If we had to pretend, in the public sphere, that all religions were literal facts, our heads would explode from all the cognitive dissonance.

The scientific consensus is that evolution happened, which is why we teach it in schools. If you want to pretend that it didn’t happen, you can chat about that at your church. You don’t get to be “offended” by the fact that neither John F. Kennedy and whoever made the Carnival Cruise commercial don’t share your religious beliefs.

In the words of another president, Teddy Roosevelt, let me just say– “Any faith sufficiently robust to stand the—surely very slight—strain of admitting that the world is not flat and moves round the sun need have no apprehensions on the score of evolution.”

[The New Civil Rights Movement]

[Answers In Genesis]