Youtube Of The Day – Ray Comfort And The Atheist’s Nightmare
February 11, 2016 11:11am CST
This unintentionally hilarious Youtube is the stuff of legends, as possibly one of the most jaw droppingly inept Creationist arguments ever presented. It has been criticised, ridiculed and parodied a great deal and even most other Creationists distance themselves from it as much as possible. Ray Comfort declares that the banana is the perfect God-created fruit for the ease with which it fits the human hand, the ease of peeling it, etc. He also bizarrely talks of how the banana peels easily in this way so it doesn’t squirt its contents in our faces but bananas are solid enough not to liquidize or squirt like that. The parodies make much use of the banana’s phallic look in their skits on this. The basic problem for him is that the banana we find in shops is not proof of God’s intelligent design as he tries to convince us – the banana we know and love is 100% cultivated by man – the natural wild banana is green, squat, rather ugly, square shaped and much less easy to manipulate. Comfort’s argument also disintegrates if applied to other fruit, especially coconuts and pineapples as critics have demonstrated in numerous parodies. Fruit has evolved over millennia as a means for fruit trees to spread their seeds through the excretions of creatures eating the fruit but in cultivation by man bananas have become seedless and also vulnerable to so much blight that human engineered chemical treatments are used to treat them with. Also, many atheists, myself included, enjoy bananas immensely rather than having nightmares over them. Comfort’s claims have faced so much scorn that he himself now claims unconvincingly that he was only joking. Comfort’s argument is shared in its original presentation with Kirk Cameron, who was a leading child actor in the US sitcom Growing Pains before becoming an active Creationist. He makes no effort in the video to question Comfort’s preposterous notions. He simply agrees with every ludicrous word. Arthur Chappell
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21 Feb 16
Oh I remember this. I always used to think, you know, even if the banana was naturally shaped in such a manner, according to his presentation, I don't think it would be an atheists nightmare at all because all his statements, at their most basic levels, are conjecture and interpretation. Sometimes conjecture and interpretation may be accurate, but such big ones, are, dangerous to make...and the arrogance which which some argue certain ideas which such large leaps of reason, well, is somewhat fitting that it be exposed for such inaccuracies, poor research, and leaps of logic. It starts with a simple statement a preacher makes, a basic statement, then becomes a bigger statement, and all of a sudden...the preacher becomes the voice of God-Christians would get angry at me for saying things like that, but in all honesty we need that.
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12 Feb 16
Considering that the Banana that we usually eat -- the Cavendish -- is the product of a lot of selective breeding and science on the farmers, I find this idea laughable. Creationism to me is a joke as it completely eschews science in favour of faith promoting rumours. I feel that trying to explain things without the math or science is nothing more than a fanciful fairy tale.