Why do I keep reading his blog2? My justification is a little contrived, but that’s unimportant. I don’t read it because I think that there may be a God, and I don’t read it because I think that I might learn something3. Rather, I read it for the same reason that I rubberneck – disasters and abominations are fun to watch. I like to cringe, though only in small doses and without prolonged exposure. There’s maybe only one post per day, which I can read in a minute, and I’m happy to spend that time for the chuckles and facepalms that ensue.
I’ll take you through a few of my ‘favourite’ bits from the last couple of months.
- The pathetic cartoon on the right, by the blog’s illustrator Richard Gunther, provokes a facepalm and proves that these people are beyond hope.
- He links to Richard Dawkins talking about “The Atheist’s Worst Nightmare [original, ‘debunking‘]”. Apparently this made Ray laugh, though I’m not sure why he considers having his own idea mocked as being funny. “The Atheist’s Worst Nightmare” was a complete failure. It attempts to disprove evolution by demonstrating intelligent ‘design’, yet the modern banana was designed!4
- The title of the next post is “For Those Who Keep Saying I don’t Know What I am Talking About…” How does Ray prove that he knows what he’s talking about? By quickly searching Google and then performing a quick copy-and-paste job with the results. You know Ray’s an idiot because he says of evolution “you have no evidence” and describes it as a “faith”. Ray honestly expects that if evolution were true, we would have found a crocoduck. Clearly someone with no understanding of evolution.
- The next post isn’t written by Ray, but instead by a “Guest Blogger”5. It’s short, so check it out. Plain awful. Take this, for example:
So why didn’t the things in the room you are in (chairs, desks, pens, TV and even planes and cars) evolve too?
Wow. The rest of the post is “Life is good; therefore God”. It’s really that bad.
- Comfort loves to quote famous thinkers to support his points6, and Charles Darwin is always a favourite: “Often a cold shudder has run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may have not devoted myself to a fantasy.” What if Darwin ended up disagreeing with evolution? It in no way invalidates the truth of evolution. He also wrote this gem:
Explain to me how 1.4 million species managed to evolve into maturity together, in our lifetime. Nothing we have in creation is half-evolved. The cow has a working udder to make drinkable milk. The bee has working apparatus to make edible honey. We don’t find a half evolved cow or bee.
He really expects to see a crocoduck. Really.
- Read some of the Amazon reviews of Ray’s version of “The Origin of Species”7. I would have liked a free copy of this book, though only to keep as a collector’s item8. Here is a end of one of my favourite reviews: “This is Christian propaganda. More lies for Jesus!”
- Ray says this with a seemingly straight face:
“Goddidit.” That solves the issue.
- This one made me laugh. It’s the old “male and female evolution” bullshit that I’ve written about before. I should have used that same title as Ray did in his post: “Here we go Again…”. Because that’s exactly what I was thinking. The second paragraph of his answer is9 written in a slightly sarcastic, exaggerated tone, yet his exaggerations are spot on. If Ray was presented with irrefutable evidence of evolution (which he probably has been), he would ‘refute’ it with “Goddidit”, per #7.
- Ray perfects the art of the “genuine” non-apology:
I sincerely apologize for misrepresenting what Darwinian evolution says about the origin of males and females. I have checked out the references you have given me as to what the theory has to say about their genesis, read them again and again, and I still don’t understand what you believe.
That confirms my suspicions about Ray’s intellect.
- A woman had her hands and face chewed off by a chimpanzee. And how does Ray view this event? Of course, as an opportunity to ‘disprove’ evolution. Humans can’t create a new face and new hands from scratch; therefore evolution is not true. I fail to see how the conclusion is linked to the premise.
- Ray’s attempt at humour:
I had a banana put into the [gift] basket [for Richard Dawkins], but I didn’t say who the gift basket was from. I will leave him to formulate a theory on its origin.
- He refers his readers to a video of Richard Dawkins, particularly the part where he is asked a question about Ray Comfort. Dawkins is not happy with either the question or the questionner, and this is clear on his face and in his voice – entirely justifiably10. This obviously pleases Ray11, and exposes him as someone merely in search of a reaction.
- Ray Comfort was interviewed by The Friendly Atheist. My favourite bit is where Ray defends his banana video with this:
I deeply regret doing the banana routine on television without a live audience. I have been doing it for live audiences for more than 20 years, and it’s never failed to get a lot of laughs.
What? Why would an audience even laugh at that, other than because it looks like Ray is holding a penis. The content of his argument certainly does not deserve any laughs as it fails to prove or disprove anything about evolution. It would be like me trying to disprove God by saying “God doesn’t exist because there are still chimpanzees” – laughs would only be deserved if I said this whilst holding a penis in my hand.
PZ Myers offered a few thoughts too, and I’m sure the comments are good.
- For reference – Ray believes that every word of the Bible is literally true.
- “I was asked recently during an interview if I thought that the Theory of Evolution was a religion. I said that I think it is.” The following post is of absolutely no value. What a load of bollocks. See for yourself.
- This final post is too long for me to re-read, but it is Ray’s response to the question “Ray, are you afraid of dying?”. It’s worth checking out just to see a picture of Ray Comfort when he was 20 in context. In short; yes, he’s afraid of the process of dying (it could be painful), but he is not afraid of being dead. That’s the answer that I’d expect, but it saddens me. I’m sure he is sadden by the rejection of salvation by atheists, and the ‘knowledge’ that they will burn in hell for eternity rather than enjoy heaven once they die. I have no reason to believe that that is true, but I can empathise. It makes me sad to know that Ray is spending his whole life – his only life – trying to convince people of an afterlife… only to discover that it isn’t real12. What a waste.
OK, you know what, after going through that list I’ve realised. Ray is a complete ignoramous13: one who can never learn, and quite obviously one who never even wants to learn. He’s just an attention seeker, and he’ll be getting no more of mine14.
I’m sorry for wasting your time, and mine.
- But definitely not Raymond, oh no. That’s what his mother calls him. ↩
- And writing. ↩
- I don’t think such things. ↩
- By man, through artificial selection. ↩
- Ooooooooooh! ↩
- Whether or not those quotations even support his point. ↩
- He thinks you should. ↩
- I already have a proper copy. ↩
- At least I think it is. ↩
- It’s just stupid. ↩
- The title of the post is “Richard Dawkins… a Little Upset”). ↩
- Expect of course it would be impossible to discover that. ↩
- Either that, or the world best trickster. ↩
- Unless he makes another banana video with Kirk. ↩