It should come to no surprise to my regular readers that religious efforts to make our children dumber is the reason I decided to become vocal about my atheism. Therefore, I feel obligated to discuss one of the leading idiots (apologists) in the world. Yes, the Banana Man himself, Ray Comfort.
You see, I came across this interesting item in a shop yesterday. It kind of looks like money, but with the picture of Charles Darwin on the front. On the back, it has two viewpoints- creationism and evolution- with the header “Win $10,000 for Scientific Proof of Evolution.” Here it is:
I have to give this thing credit, the brief argument for evolution on the right side of the back is unobjectionable as far as I can tell. It even gives a source- evolution.berkeley.edu. I can honestly say I think this passage was copied and pasted with no editorial slant. Well, never one to turn down free money, I accept! Here it is, scientific proof of evolution:
Can I get my $10,000 now?
Well, to get my $10,000, the fake money instructs me to go to this website: http://www.IntelligentDesignVersusEvolution.com. Only too happy to get a free $10,000, I go to the website. (I sound chipper, but if you didn’t catch it, sarcasm.) The website redirects to “Living Waters”, AKA Ray Comfort and crew. Don’t bother clicking on the link, I already did and clicked on every single tab and link on that page. No mention of the prize. Maybe it has already been claimed? Maybe the contest is over?
I started looking into this by googling around and found a YouTube channel that makes fun of the contest. Even in 2011, although the website was up, the email address was already worthless. Here’s the link to the video, you can read the description. Since I didn’t get to see the actual contest website, I have to take the word of AtheismTV here when they say that the contest would only accept “live” transitional forms.
On the website internationalskeptics.com, I found some additional information that used to be on the now defunct website:
The $10,000 Offer
A transitional form (or missing link) is an example of one species “evolving” into another species. Excited scientists thought they had found one when they discovered “Archaeopteryx.” The fossil led to the theory that the dinosaurs did not become extinct, but rather all turned into birds. The Field Museum in Chicago displayed what was believed to be an archaeopteryx fossil on October 4-19, 1997. It was hailed as “Archaeopteryx: The Bird That Rocked the World.” However, Dr. Alan Feduccia (evolutionary biologist at the University of North Carolina), said, “Paleontologists have tried to turn Archaeopteryx into an earth-bound, feathered dinosaur. But it’s not. It is a bird, a perching bird. And no amount of ‘paleo-babble’ is going to change that.” [Science, February 5, 1993]. So here’s my challenge: I will give $10,000 to the first person who can prove to me that they have found a genuine living transitional form (a lizard that produced a bird, or a dog that produced kittens, or a sheep that produced a chicken, or even as Archaeopteryx—a dinosaur that produced a bird). Species do not cross, no matter how long you leave them. The whole of creation is proof that evolution is truly “a fairytale for grownups.”
What. The. Fuck.
Seriously, if a lizard produced a bird tomorrow, the entire biological community would be shocked, and would have to question the veracity of evolution in it’s entirety. If a dog bore a kitten, evolution would fall apart. If a sheep produced a chicken, we would have to scratch everything we know about biology completely.
Ray motherfucking Comfort designed a contest that claimed to ask for one thing, but required another impossible thing, and didn’t even have the balls to have a working email address. Ray Comfort is a piece of shit. Ray Comfort is a worthless, lying, asshole, and he knows it. If he didn’t know it, he wouldn’t have been so careful to craft the contest in just such a way.
Shit bags like this are the ones that are trying to shove “intelligent design” into our classrooms. If Ray Comfort weren’t such a dumbass (see the bananaman incident), I would accuse him of being a foreign subversive attempting to take down western civilization by making our kids dumbasses. Yet THIS is the very fuck-tard that has his words parroted in the Christian communities all over this country and the west on any given Sunday.
Make no mistake about it. If Ray Comfort didn’t know any better, he wouldn’t have constructed the contest in such a way to conveniently sound just like he was being honest, but at the same time literally demanding something that nobody thinks is possible, most especially scientists. Fuck Ray Comfort.
And now, despite his prize being completely fake, his promotion of the prize nothing but a promotional tool, and his mechanism for accepting submissions nothing but a dead end from the start, this bullshit is still on the counter of a business on Main Street, USA just yesterday. And he’s banking on the fact that no religiotard will actually check to see if it’s real. Instead, they will flip back and forth quickly, assume that if someone is putting up a prize that there must be no scientific evidence, and cash that away in their “stupid arguments in defense of their religion” file.
Fuck you, Ray Comfort. You wish to make our children dumber. I won’t have it. I have a voice.
The Spartan Atheist