Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Appearance in a Way of the Master Video

In September of last year, I did a YouTube video about Ray Comfort's heinous publication of a 150th anniversary edition of The Origin of Species with a 50-page introduction of his own authorship, as well as several missing passages from the original content of the book, testified to by numerous sources. Now it looks like my video caught the attention of Ray, because it has been brought to my attention that the newest video from the Way of the Master channel on YouTube features a clip from my video. Go watch my 5 seconds of "fame", which can be found at about 1 minute in. A few of my subscribers have emailed me with congratulations of sorts.

What do I think of it? I'm not exactly sure. I don't know whether to feel complimented or insulted, though I'm certainly leaning toward the latter. The whole point of the Way of the Master video is to brag about the exposure that Ray's deceptive little plot received. He did seem to miss the fact that the entire incident has elicited mockery and laughter from most people, but Ray strikes me as a man who thinks any publicity is good publicity. And maybe it is for Christian fundamentalist whackjobs like himself. They must have some audience to still be in business. For that reason, I'm not too happy to be part of his lying propaganda in any manner.

To me, Ray Comfort is the perfect example of how Christian ministers compare to used car salesmen. They both dress cheap products like essential wonders, employing sleazy smooth-talk to distract from the many serious problems under the hood. In the new video, you see Ray and Kirk handing out their books on college campuses, shouting out "free Origin of Species, free Darwin book!" Then just a few seconds later, the video narration explains how great it is that the gospel was shared with those students. Funny that Kirk and Ray never mentioned that while handing out the books. Good thing there's not a commandment about bearing false testimony, right? Ray loves using the Ten Commandments everywhere in his ministry, so if there were such a commandment, that would be pretty embarrassing!