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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