Ken Ham walked back his widely reported comments
on the search for extraterrestrial life by joking that the money should instead be spent on building more creationist museums.
The president of the Answers in Genesis ministry appeared this week on fellow creationist Ray Comfort's Comfort Zone
online program, arguing that the existence of intelligent life would undermine Christian theology.
"Understanding the Gospel that God's son became a man, became a descendent of Adam, became the God-man (and) remains the God-man - our savior - and that only humans can be saved, so obviously Jesus didn't become a God-Klingon, he became a God-man," Ham explained.
The creationist complained that critics, including scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson and talk show host Bill Maher, had falsely accused him of calling for NASA to be defunded, but he continued to call space exploration a waste of money based on non-biblical teachings.
"One of the big thrusts in the space program is to look for life in outer space, look for alien life, and of course, you know, they believe that, because they think that they came about as a product of naturalistic evolution," Ham said.