Thursday, July 09, 2009

Ray Comfort outdoes himself

And that's a bad thing if you're easily horrified, indignant or outraged at the sort of crap the oaf usually comes out with. This is about his latest post:

"My purpose for being here (and I can only speak for myself and not the other unbelievers here) is to stand up for reason and especially to try to dissuade anyone from spreading the myth of creationism, especially in public schools."

This is censorship at its worst. Those who are anti-knowledge see themselves as the intellectual saviors of poor dumb college and university students, who don’t have the ability to think for themselves. These are the book burners, who do what they do for the good of society. Their society. And they do what they do in the name of “reason” and "science," when their atheistic belief is completely unreasonable and absolutely unscientific.

Must ... not ... choke ... on ... bile ...

First of all, does this loon even know what "censorship" means? Censorship is the deliberate silencing of critical opinions or unfriendly speech. Just popping up at a blog to tell other readers, "Hey, careful, this guy's an idiot", or, "Don't listen to this fool, Creationism is a myth", does not constitute censorship. It's a critical, dissenting opinion and an expression of the guy's right to tell others that Comfort and his beliefs are stupid. He's not trying to shut anyone up, he's giving them his brand of advice. Silencing the guy, on the other hand, would be censorship. Jesus, doesn't Comfort even own a friggin' dictionary?

And that's just my reaction to the very first sentence of the bit I quoted. As for the rest ... Well, there goes another irony meter. Poor things, they break so damn often these days.

If you think atheism is scientific and reasonable, let me ask you some questions. Do you believe that nothing created everything? If you do, that's not only unscientific, it's unreasonable. This is because your "nothing" isn’t nothing. It is something because it had the amazing ability to create everything. So do you then believe that something created everything, although you are not sure what that something was? That's reasonable.

Once again, simultaneously confusing atheism (a lack of beliefs) with evolution (ie. common descent) and the study of how the world began, how the Universe was created (whatever the name of that scientific branch is). No, atheism is not scientific, for it is not a part of science. No-one claims it is. It is, however, perfectly reasonable to assume that there are no deities to rule over us if we simply do not have any shred of empirical evidence.

And again, you gotta revel in the stupidity of that quote which is Comfort's staple, claiming that "atheists believe that nothing created everything". It's just so completely incoherent, which should be a hard thing to do to a sentence that's less than ten words long. Atheists – as with anyone else – do not know what created the Universe, and they don't pretend to, whatever Comfort and his ilk of idiot may think. We can guess, we can estimate, we can theorize, but we cannot yet know. The fact that most folks (ie. atheists in general) believe it was the Big Bang that heralded the beginning of the Universe means it's the theory that, as of yet, has the least evidence contradicting it. Nothing more.

But you are not alone if you believe in God. Many of our greatest scientists believed in the existence of a Creator: Galileo, Newton, Nicholas Copernicus, Francis Bacon, Michael Faraday, Louis Pasteur and Kepler, just to name a few. Einstein (a theist who didn’t believe in a personal God) rightly said, "Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind."

Right, appeal to authority. That always works, doesn't it. Sorry Ray, but the fact that some of the brightest minds happened to believe in God or a Creator is proof of absolutely nothing, no more is it proof than the fact that a great majority of Americans – and the world in general – believe in a God/Creator.

The incredible harmony in creation proves beyond a doubt to any thinking mind that there is a Creator...don't you think?

Hmm ... no. Another tired creationist argument ... "The world is so complex, so complete, so balanced, so [insert positive word here], that it just has to have been created by God/a Creator, because my feeble little brain can't wrap itself around the concept that it might have evolved on its own through changes, mostly tiny, that occurred over millions, and billions, of years".

Poor Comfort.


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