Today seems to be the day when a bunch of right-wing fundies all
decided to make themselves look ridiculous in public, seemingly only
to entertain me.
For a while now, Ray Comfort’s weblog wasn’t accepting new comments,
because he had been hired by Examiner.com as their
and he wanted comments to be posted there.
This morning, however, I found a
on his old site, with a bunch of comments. I can only surmise that the
Examiner decided that Ray was too kooky for them, and booted him back
Then there was the kook fight: according to
(sorry, I couldn’t find a reliable source), Ray basically accused
Catholics of not being True Christians™
But the Vatican has chosen to officially
believe Darwin rather than Jesus
BillDo, recognizing in Comfort one of the rare people who could make
him look reasonable and measured by comparison,
by saying that the Catholic church’s position is that it’s okay to
accept evolution, as long as you still believe in a magic man in the sky.
response to that
basically boils down to “is not!”
But the one who had me laughing out loud all morning was Brannon
Howse, who has a show on Christian
Howse recently put in an appearance at a church in Ft. Worth.
Bud Kennedy, a reporter for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, wrote
about it, under the title “Who knew that yoga is a tool of Satan?”,
talking about Howse’s superstition, ignorance, and paranoia.
I wasn’t at the event in Texas, but Kennedy’s account is pretty much
in line with what Howse has talked about on his radio show: ZOMG teh
gays, the Earth is 6000 years old, Obama == Hitler, and so forth.
So Brannon Howse spent
an entire episode
whining about how the article made him and other True
Christians™ look foolish and extreme, at one point asking, “is
there anything extreme about saying that there’s nothing Christian
about yoga?” (Yes, Mr. Howse. Yes, there is.)
What had me laughing out loud was that Howse’s “corrections” of
Kennedy’s librul yellow journalism just made Howse look as bad as
before, if not worse. For instance, he claims that he never said yoga
is a tool of Satan. It is, however, an Indian occult practice, and
On other topics, like the notion that the stimulus package is a way of
achieving a worldwide monetary system and a one-world government, his
response was basically, “Well, yes, I said that, because it’s true.
But when Kennedy puts it in the paper, it makes us look foolish.”
Yes, it does, Brannon. As the saying goes, people who don’t want their
beliefs ridiculed shouldn’t hold such ridiculous beliefs.
And finally, to cap off a perfectly wonderful day, here’s Richard
to Ray Comfort’s challenge to debate him for $10,000.
Go read the whole thing. It’s wonderful.
$10,000 is less than the typical fee that I am
ordinarily offered for lecturing to a serious audience (I often don’t
accept it, especially in the case of a student audience, because I am
a dedicated teacher). It is not, therefore, a worthwhile inducement
for me to travel all the way across the Atlantic to debate with an
ignorant fool. You can tell him that if he donates $100,000 to the
Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (it’s a charitable
donation, tax deductible) I’ll do it. A further condition is that it
will be filmed by Josh Timonen for my website, RichardDawkins.net, and
distributed by Josh as a DVD, if he thinks it is funny enough. To this
end, it would be nice if Mr Comfort would reprise the ever popular