Ray Comfort Isn’t Stupid — You Are!

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You know how these things start — the blaring sirens and flashing lights of our Retard-o-tron™, the blinking letters of the wall display that say WorldNetDaily (described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page), and a mad dash to our computer which we find linked to an article by Ray Comfort, who is best known for his starring role in Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”. Yes, dear reader, here we go again.

Comfort’s new article is Not ‘intelligent’ enough to be an atheist? Above the headline is this banner: “ATHEISTS ASK.” The column deals with questions Comfort claims he receives. Today he answers three questions, but we’ll only deal with two of them.

This is how it begins — someone allegedly bothered to write and ask this question, and the bold font was added by us:

Can you please explain to me how ‘Darwinian evolution’ is different than ‘evolution and speciation via the laws of natural selection.

And here is the great man’s answer:

We all believe in speciation and adaptation. Darwin often spoke if it, and we can see it all around us. Animals, insects, fish and even human beings adapt to their surroundings.

You know what he’s going to say next, don’t you? Sure you do — it’s the micro-macro mambo, which we’ve described here: Common Creationist Claims Confuted. All right, Ray, baby — give it to us in your own brilliant style:

However, he [Darwin] also spoke of a change of “kinds,” or what he called change of “families.” He couldn’t find any observable and testable evidence for a change of kinds in nature or the fossil record, and neither can you.

This is even worse than we imagined. But it’s fun, huh? Let’s read on:

Darwinian evolution – a change of kinds – dinosaurs to chickens, whales to walking amphibians, etc., rests on nothing but blind faith, because it can’t be observed (it supposedly happened over millions of years).

Whales to amphibians! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s his understanding of Tiktaalik. This is shockingly stupid, even for Ray Comfort. His answer continues:

If you disagree, give me one example of observable evidence for it (the Scientific Method). Not hundreds of rabbit-trail links, not videos to watch – just one example that can be observed here and now – not over millions of years.

Lordy, lordy. He doesn’t want to see evidence that something happened gradually over millions of years — he wants to see it happen now, right before his eyes. Show it to him now, or buzz off!

Okay, that was the first question. We’re going to skip the second — it’s stupid, but boringly so — and now we come to the third and final question in Comfort’s column, which is this:

Ray, you are not intelligent enough to be an atheist. It requires reason, logic and an understanding of facts and the ability to see through logical fallacies. You possess none of those skills.

It’s always fun to watch how people like Comfort deal with things like that. Here comes the response:

At the moment I am in a plane, 33,000 feet in the air, somewhere between Miami and Los Angeles. As I look around I see ordered seating, breath in air-conditioned air, see multiple TV screens, lighting, carpet and windows. Beyond my sight is a complexity of wiring that defies the imagination.

And what does a mind like Ray Comfort’s think about such things? A dog wouldn’t worry about it at all — they have the intelligence to accept that we do things like that, but Comfort’s powerful intellect goes deeper — much deeper:

What sort of fool would I be to believe that this plane had no maker; that it fell together from nothing, into a massive contraption that had the capability to supersede gravity and fly across the sky filled with human beings? I would be a candidate for the psychologist.

The airplane supersedes gravity? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Anyway, we know what’s coming next because we’ve all seen this kind of argument before: “Men make things, therefore … what? — oh yeah, some magic force made us, and uh … Oogity Boogity!” That’s usually how the argument goes. Comfort unloads it all on us with one big paragraph — fortunately it’s the end of his column:

Now multiply that insanity a million times as you consider the earth’s air, its lighting, the birds, flowers, trees, giraffes, horses, cats, cows, dogs, frogs and hogs, all with male and female, all reproducing after their own kind. Think of the complexity of eyes, flies and guys, then consider the complexities of life that you can’t see, and you will get a glimpse of something you can see … that those who say that they are atheists and that they are intelligent atheists are delusional, in the truest sense of the word.

There you have it: No sane person can be an airline passenger and also be an atheist. Now please, dear reader, take some time to ponder all of this. It may save you from the Lake of Fire.

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9 responses to “Ray Comfort Isn’t Stupid — You Are!

  1. docbill1351

    Sounds like a flight of fancy to me.

  2. Every now and then in talk.origins, someone brings up the parody of creationist arguments: Airplanes can violate the law of gravity because they’re intelligently designed.

  3. The supposed writer says Ray, you are not intelligent enough to be an atheist. It requires reason, logic and an understanding of facts and the ability to see through logical fallacies. You possess none of those skills.

    Ray then proceeds to prove the writer correct, on every point.

  4. Ray Comfort: “[C]onsider the earth’s air, its lighting, the birds, flowers, trees, giraffes, horses, cats, cows, dogs, frogs and hogs, all with male and female, all reproducing after their own kind…”

    Air and lighting come in male and female forms? Air and lighting reproduce after their own kind?

    Gee, I think I learnt something new today!

  5. Ray Comfort is the perfect example of willful ignorance. He chooses to ignore all the evidence supporting evolution because to accept evolution would be to violate his religious beliefs. Same thing for Ken Ham and all the rest at AiG, ICR, DI, Southern Baptists, etc., etc.

    No matter how convincing the evidence is, it is no matter — none of these fundamentalists will ever consider it. They will themselves to remain ignorant because they fear their god. They will not change, and unfortunately, they are indoctrinating their young (and any others, if we let them) to believe the same.

  6. docbill1351

    Comfort isn’t willfully ignorant. He’s a deliberate con man playing the same con for decades. I can’t imagine how he makes money other than hopping from church to church giving lectures. Can’t be very much. Comfort doesn’t ignore evidence, he carefully steers around it. The willfully ignorant are the people who listen to him!

  7. The thing that nags me the most about Ray Comfort is that he makes a very comfortable living for himself and his family doing this stuff. I suppose talking people out of their money is a legitimate, though less than honorable enterprise. While stupidity and ignorance is his hallmark there is considerable cunning there. With very few talking points he is quite handy in a debate with no need for reflective thought just regurgitation of a cascade of nonsense.

  8. docbill observes, “Comfort isn’t willfully ignorant. He’s a deliberate con man playing the same con for decades.”

    You’re right. I was giving him way too much benefit of the doubt. He’s Elmer Gantry incarnate — along with clones Ken Ham, Casey Luskin, and every preacher man railing against “evilution”.

  9. docbill1351

    Yeah, but they’re all pikers compared to the pros! Cons like Joel Osteen and his bleached blonde wife, harpy and American Airlines evictee, Victoria, fleece their flock of 20 thousand or so out of millions of dollars. And they gladly give. People at and below the poverty line give what money they have so Osteen can live in his River Oaks mansion and live a First Class life. Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson, Rick Warren – they’re like the Carnegy’s of fraud.

    Poor old Comfort, by comparison, works his ass off on the sidewalk and probably pulls in 100 grand if he’s lucky, probably a lot less. Old Hambo lacks the critical mass that Osteen has. Hambo doesn’t have a flock, just sightseers, gawkers, tourists. They don’t come to be saved or learn how the Lord wants them to be Wealthy, they come to be entertained. It’s wham, bam, thank you ma’am, fee paid and out the door.

    But, each to their own kind has evolved to occupy a financial niche, a little creationist ecosystem where they thrive in their own way: fish with scales, birds with wings, Tutes with gerbils, just like the Designer meant it to be.