Ray Comfort’s Film Nominated for Award

Have you ever heard of an outfit called Raw Science? Neither did we, until today. They have a website, but it doesn’t tell us who they are or what they’re up to. It provides a link to something called the Raw Science Foundation, but that doesn’t tell you who’s involved either. The graphics are ghastly, leaving us to wonder what kind of audience they’re aiming for.

The reason their name came up is because we spotted this news article in the Christian Post: Ray Comfort’s ‘The Atheist Delusion’ Film Receives Science Film Festival Nomination. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Evangelist Ray Comfort’s “The Atheist Delusion” documentary, released last year with the aim to “destroy atheism with one scientific question,” has been nominated for an award at the Raw Science Film Festival.

[*Groan*] The last time we wrote about Comfort and his “documentary” was on the occasion of its premiere: Ken Ham & Ray Comfort in the Ark, Tonight. As you know, Ray Comfort is best known for his starring role in Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”.

Okay, back to the Christian Post article:

The festival, which “honors films on science and technology worldwide,” has several distinguished jurists, including past Oscar winners and MIT Board of Governors members.

They don’t name any of those “distinguished jurists.” We found a link to their film festival’s website: Raw Science Film Festival 2016, which says: “Raw Science TV invites you to the 3rd Annual Raw Science Film Festival!” They do mention a few names there, but they also say that the Festival is (or rather, was) scheduled for 10 December. So something’s very wrong here.

The Christian Post article — dated today, by the way — continues:

“We are so honored to have this film officially recognized by such an important film festival,” Comfort said in a statement on Monday. “To be recognized for our scientific approach and proofs of what is normally dismissed as simple religion is humbling. In the argument of religion versus science, we hope to show people that it’s not either/or, but that science supports the existence of the Creator, and our creator is the very author of science.”

After that they quote someone who says the film festival is a joke. If Comfort’s film was nominated, we tend to agree. Anyway, that’s all we plan to say about this — which is probably more than it deserves.

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9 responses to “Ray Comfort’s Film Nominated for Award

  1. I don’t know anything about this, but it seems that this gives us the winners of the awards:
    http://www.rawscience.tv/raw-science-film-festival-winners-announced/
    and that Ray Comfort’s film didn’t get any award. Is that all there is to be said?

  2. Interesting post. Did I miss who won in each categories? The reference seemed lengthy.
    I did notice a couple of names in the list, Paul Hynek and Joel Hynek. I did a little checking and found that they’re both sons of J. Allen Hynek, the UFO guy. J. Allen Hynek was my astronomy graduate advisor at Northwestern U. Mr. Swamp Gas. Worked on project Blue Book for the USAF.

  3. It appears the film was included in the 2016 official selection (but doesn’t appear to have won anything – no surprise there):
    http://www.rawscience.tv/raw-science-film-festival-2016-submit-films-buy-tickets/
    Not sure what the selection criteria were, but the official selection list is rather long. The page indicates the event was held December 10.

  4. Problem with claiming that something is “nominated” for an award is the reader has to know who nominated them. After all, if it was nominated by the Discovery Institute that would say something very different than if it were nominated by an independent panel of experts.

  5. Why do people like Comfort not understand what humility is? It is not “humbling” when you get nominated for an award (however contrived), it is the opposite of humbling.

  6. Ceteris Paribus

    Ray attests: “In the argument [emphasis added] of religion versus science,…”
    I think Ray is not using the the term “argument” correctly. “Argument” seems to be a verb in his context. Possibly what Ray was looking for is a simple noun. “Incongruity” comes to mind.

  7. Ceteris Paribus

    Oh, mea culpa here SC. I mangled closing the </em thinger. Please fix when convenient.

    [*Voice from above*] I think it’s fixed the way you intended it.

  8. It reminds me of a racket I encountered in the 80s called “World of Poetry”, where you’d submit a poem as a contest. Unless the poem was “Roses are Red Violets are Blue” everyone wins and gets their poem published. At which point you might wish to purchase the winner anthology or for big spenders go to the award ceremony on your dime. Yes they don’t care about your poetry they are appealing to your vanity to make a few bucks.

    The Raw Science awards are the same. $25 early entry fee. They don’t even bother to watch your movie. And the winners don’t get any prize money just a mass photo on a stage. And Ray is “humbled” ha ha ha. Yes Ray someone spending $25 to nominate something your produced should be humbling everyone knows you struggle to get people to watch your crap for FREE.