Ken Ham is listed as one of three keynote speakers at the annual Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA) convention next April in Red Deer.
Ham, an Australian native, has built a thriving ministry in Kentucky. He is the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis ministry, which focuses "on providing answers to questions about the Bible — particularly the book of Genesis — regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth."
In describing itself on its website, Answers in Genesis says: "We also desire to train others to develop a biblical worldview, and seek to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas, and its bedfellow, a "millions of years old" earth (and even older universe) ... the Bible — the "history book of the universe" — provides a reliable, eyewitness account of the beginning of all things, and can be trusted to tell the truth in all areas it touches on."
The ministry also runs the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky.
Calgarian Paul Ens says he walked away from his Christian faith after reading Ham's creationist literature and started a YouTube channel dedicated to debunking Ham's teachings.
"As a citizen of Alberta and a father, I'm very concerned that Ken Ham is being brought in on multiple levels — primarily that he is a science denier. He denies evolution, he denies the age of the Earth," Ens said.
He says the fact Alberta's Home Education Association has booked Ham to speak raises questions.
"It signals to me that this homeschool group is not serious about following provincial curriculum or proper science education for their children," he said.
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