Ray Comfort and Christopher Hitchens

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We were awakened by the blaring sirens and flashing lights of our Retard-o-tron™. Instantly alert, we rushed to the computer and found it linked to the website of WorldNetDaily (WND) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. It’s in their honor that our jolly buffoon logo is displayed above this post.

The Retard-o-tron™ directed us to an article by Ray Comfort — part of his new series on “Famous Atheists.” Comfort is best known for his starring role in Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”.

The title of Comfort’s new article is Ancient religion not so stupid as modern arrogance. Modern arrogance?

Then we realized that Comfort had written an essay about Christopher Hitchens. We were elated! This was going to be a contrast of truly cosmic proportions. One of the silliest and most ignorant men in the world was discussing one of the brightest, most articulate, and most stimulating. This should be good!

Comfort begins by attempting to describe Hitchens. That is a task as far beyond Comfort’s ability as a bacterium’s attempt to describe the solar system. But let’s give Comfort credit — although an idiot, he’s got pluck. First he babbles about Hitchens’ careless appearance, and suggests (with absolutely no evidence) that the appearance of humility was a facade to conceal conceit.

Then, having painted his subject as both duplicitous and conceited, Comfort discusses Hitchens’ smoking habit. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Each of us should think of the future. Every puff on a cigarette is another tick closer to a time bomb of terrible consequences. Christopher Hitchens didn’t care about the consequences of smoking cigarettes. Tragically, he died of throat cancer in December 2011.

Comfort is suggesting that Hitchens wasn’t a thoughtful man. Well, he was careless about such things, but for Comfort to seize upon that as if it demonstrates that his intellect was low grade … well, you get the idea. Comfort’s essay continues, and now he purports to quote Hitchens. We haven’t verified the quote:

He once said, “One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody – not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms – had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think – though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one – that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.”

That sounds like Hitchens. Responding to those words, Comfort says:

In two short sentences Hitchens concluded that no one in Bible times “had the smallest idea what was going on.” Yet God gave ignorant Moses the Ten Commandments that could be summed up in two commandments, that if kept would mean that the millions of laws on the books of educated contemporary society could be deleted.

Was Hitchens willfully ignorant of those two commandments that solve almost every one of humanity’s problems? Did he ever condescend to study the Wisdom of Solomon?

This is great! We’ve already been informed that Hitchens smoked cigarettes and had other habits that Ray Comfort finds unacceptable. Now we see that he was willfully ignorant too. Wow, what a dumb guy he must have been! But hey — what else can we expect from a sloppily-dressed smoker? Comfort goes on:

He boasted that the least educated of his children knew more about the “natural order,” presumable [sic] a reference to the unobservable, unscientific, unproven natural order of atheistic evolution.

Well of course that’s what he meant! Ignorant man, ignorant kids. Comfort continues:

Such talk makes me wonder if he even explained to his children the meaning of the terms B.C. and A.D., or did he conclude that the life of Jesus of Nazareth was inconsequential? Was Jesus just another ignorant human being who didn’t have the smallest idea what was going on?

Hey, yeah! We use BC and AD dates, and if that’s not proof, we don’t know what is!

But then, in the final paragraph, we see the kindly, loving side of Ray Comfort, as he subtly warns about the horrors of the Lake of Fire where Hitchens is undoubtedly boiling:

I wonder if his offspring are living as hard and fast as their father. I hope not. I hope that they saw his life as a testimony of what happens when a person gives no thought to the future; that they take care of their health and that they live a long and happy life. Most of all, I hope that they have an open mind and plan, not only for their future, but for eternity.

On that happy note, we leave Ray Comfort and his series on Famous Atheists — until the next episode. And always remember, dear reader — don’t start believing in evolution or you’ll end up like Christopher Hitchens.

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12 responses to “Ray Comfort and Christopher Hitchens

  1. Pete Moulton

    Once again, I got sidetracked by the banana video. I’ve always wanted to watch Ray Comfort peel a coconut to show us how it and we are just made for each other.

  2. Alex Shuffell

    Reading Ray Comfort is like watching a puppy fall down some stairs. At first it seems innocent and amusing, which we involuntary laugh at the poor bloke. Then it becomes quite distressing, the puppy could be hurt and needing of help. But, again and again we watch this puppy not only fall down the stairs but sometimes leap headfirst and encourage other confused puppies to join him and give him money.

  3. Such talk makes me wonder if he even explained to his children the meaning of the terms B.C. and A.D., or did he conclude that the life of Jesus of Nazareth was inconsequential?

    Is Ray Comfort aware that we currently use BCE and CE?

  4. “Yet God gave ignorant Moses the Ten Commandments that could be summed up in two commandments, that if kept would mean that the millions of laws on the books of educated contemporary society could be deleted.”

    If those millions of laws were kept, they would never been written in the first place. This is despite the 10 commandments being around for over 2,000 years. So does Mr. Comfort propose how people would keep these two laws?

  5. Ray “Southern” Comfort, has missed the bus once again. He must have been snoozing last year when the other snake oil salesmen where courageously taking posthumous shots at Christopher.H. How does one make a living at saying such things and not develop emotional problems?

  6. While I disagreed with many, but not all, of Hitchen’s conclusions (and no doubt some of his premises,) I had the utmost respect for his intellect, and the fact that he at least used reason to arrive at his conclusions. He was a man with whom thoughtful debate was possible, and his command of language was truly awesome.

    He even wrote a biography of Thomas Jefferson, and admired him.

    Comfort, OTOH, seems to display a level of intellect more comparable to Hitchens’ cigarette butts rather than Hitchens. He is like a clown at a third rate circus.

  7. Odd that Comfort and others like him needed to wait until AFTER Mr. Hitchens’ death to write garbage like this. While sad, I think it’s a testament to how he struck fear in those who had such shaky foundations for their beliefs.

  8. I’m not sure that Comfort is taking advantage of the fact that Hitchens is already dead. His body of work is quite alive in books as well as youtube and the internet making him a fair target. Of course there is also the fact that Ray Comfort makes his living writing the same book over and over again, he won’t let mere death rob him of his recycled fodder.
    The article to me is baffling. Hitchens appearance while casual was never wearing “messy hair”, and “unkempt clothes”. While smoking is certainly not a wise decision it is not necessarily a sign of low intelligence.
    The entire article has a very sophomoric feel belying Comfort’s limited education and narrow world view.

  9. The Physical Sciences have never used the BCE/CE or BC/AD notation. All dates are BP or Before Present:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_present

    So, the Discoveroids and their ilk aren’t even in the park.

  10. I would prefer to use A.U.C. as in ab urbe conditia which refers to the legendary foundation of Rome. No one else uses it though so it would just complicate things.

  11. One could make the case that mankind has evolved to be religious, in that non-believers and independent thinkers were regularly put to death.

    The fact that so many people are so willing to accept religious teachings that have not a shred of evidence is in itself strong evidence of evolution.

  12. If you’re correct then we’ll slowly reintroduce “non-belief” back into the gene pool. It may take a long time to sort it, but we’ll get there.