My Comments on the Proteas at the CWC 2015

Allow me to digress for a moment from my usual lunatic bashing, to jot down some thoughts on the performance of the South African cricket team at the recent World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand. It’s part of the grieving process after yet another early exit from yet another tournament.

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Ray Comfort – Proving Gandhi right

Ray Comfort, possibly the dumbest man alive not called Kirk Cameron, and certainly one of the poster boys of everything that is awful about evangelical Christianity, is pissed at Mahatma Gandhi. Because, it seems that Gandhi wasn’t as big a fan boy of Jesus, as Ray is. (Spoiler – Gandhi was a Hindu, so no real surprise there.)

Ray turned to his loyal echo chamber on Facebook, with the following post:

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mahatma Gandhi

Mr. Gandhi, did you ever say that you were God in human form, or did you still a storm with your voice, walk on water, raise the dead, and perfectly predict the future? Were you morally perfect–in thought, in word, and in deed? Did you warn that you would raise all humanity from the dead and judge them? Did you raise your body three days after your death, and ascend into Heaven?

Unless I’m dreadfully mistaken, you did not. Then you too, sir, were so unlike our Jesus. You too were a sinner, desperately needing God’s mercy. I hope you were trusting in Jesus on that fateful day when death suddenly came to you. We will find out on Judgment Day.

Now, there is so much wrong with this, that I barely know where to begin. Needless to say, I tend to be very skeptical about random quotes tossed around on the internet – especially by people as well known for their quote-mining, and general dishonesty, as Ray, so I turned to Google to see if I could verify the quote.

Imagine my surprise when I found that it is very likely that Gandhi said no such thing. Wikiquote lists it under their “Disputed quotes” section, attributing it to a missionary, called Jones, who used the quotation in his book “Gandhi, an Interpretation.” If Gandhi said anything at all along those lines, it would have been, “I know of no one who has done more for humanity than Jesus. In fact, there is nothing wrong with Christianity… The trouble is with you Christians. You do not begin to live up to your own teachings.” (attributed to one James E. McEldowney)

And therein lies the greatest difference between what Comfort says Gandhi said, and what Gandhi most likely said. In fact, looking at some of Gandhi’s other quotes he probably wasn’t a big fan of Christianity, mostly because he’d witnessed what was being done in its name both in South Africa and India. Here’s two examples:

  • It is impossible for me to reconcile myself to the idea of conversion after the style that goes on in India and elsewhere today. It is an error which is perhaps the greatest impediment to the world’s progress toward peace … Why should a Christian want to convert a Hindu to Christianity? Why should he not be satisfied if the Hindu is a good or godly man? (Harijan – 30 January 1937)
  • “Hate the sin and not the sinner” is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world. (from An Autobiography, 1927)

The second point is especially prescient, given Comfort’s mocking ending to his post, where he’s basically gloating over the fact that in his mind Gandhi is burning in hell, because he wasn’t a Christian. Yeah, one of the holiest men around, who took on an Empire armed with a loin cloth, a spinning wheel and some salt-making equipment (ok, that’s a very simplistic view) – and a dribbling moron like Comfort is virtually gloating over the fact that somebody – whom Comfort isn’t worthy of groveling in front of – is suffering eternal torment because he doesn’t share the same twisted worldview as Comfort.

Then again, I’m sure Ray spends many night masturbating furiously stroking a banana and thinking about how all those horrible people who keep pointing out his endless bullshit are going to end up in hell. Because that’s the kind of person he is.

Now, let’s ignore Comfort’s fantastic “oh-yeah-well-you-didn’t-raise-anybody-from-the-dead-either-so-you’re-also-not-like-Christ” missing the point response, because it is so childish that is doesn’t deserve further comment. Let us focus instead on what Gandhi most likely said: “You do not begin to live up to your own teachings.” Let’s have a quick look at some of those teachings:

  • “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
  • “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven”
  • “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
  • “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven.”
  • “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.”
  • The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • “Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.”
  • “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

 Now, there’s some great teachings that I honestly feel that people can get behind. Don’t be a dick, don’t be a show-off, look after those less fortunate and hey, just accept people for who they are. Just imagine how much better the world would be if people actually did this?

Just a shame that Comfort and so many other Christians don’t follow these teachings, but prefer to act like vile bigots, tending their own persecution complex with made-up quotes.

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Maybe I’m Comparing Apples and Oranges Here…

…but Gallop recently issued their survey on the most and least religious states in the good ol’ US of A, based on the frequency of church attendance. I wasn’t surprised to see Utah top the list (because Brigham Young will personally fly down from Kolob and punch you in the face if you don’t attend Temple), but I was surprised to see that the highest percentage was only 51%.

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A Teabagger guide to the Civil War…

…or something

So, to alleviate the pain of watching the Proteas getting thrashed by the Indians, I turned to my browser, and because I have a very strange definition of “alleviate pain,” I decided to browse that hive of wing-nuttery known as the Tea Party Community. For those of you not in the know, this is the Facebook-esque clone/rip-off/what-not those Americans that are slightly to the left of Hitler, and who think that Obama is the anti-Christ, coming to take away their guns and herd them into FEMA death any day now.

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The Plural of Anecdotes is not Data

I’ve had run-ins with anti-vaxxers before – ironically, the first big argument was with people I’d considered acquaintances, if not friends. We’d been to parties together, had drinks together, then suddenly, they lost their shit over a Facebook post of mine and that was that. I had attacked their sense of privilege and their smug ignorance (ok, I’d also called them idiots and that their little disease vectors were potentially infecting innocent people), but they clicked the “unfriend” button on Facebook and stomped off into the sunset.

Because if there’s one thing more intolerant, or resistant to pesky facts, or completely out of touch with reality, than a creationist, it’s an anti-vaxxer. And let’s face it, you can spread Creationism around Disneyland, and nobody gets hurt. These people, however, are a fucking menace to society.

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Ray Comfort’s World of Wonder

Either Ray Comfort really is a complete ignoramus, with absolutely no understanding of how the world around him actually works, or he is a first-class fraud, happily pissing on the pig-ignorance of his flock and treating them with the contempt they deserve. Sadly, I feel the latter the true, because I find it hard to believe that somebody can be so consistently, fantastically stupid, as still manage to get where Comfort has. Then again, Louie Gohmert is in Congress, and might even be the next Speaker of the House, so who the hell knows?

I haven’t followed Comfort that closely of late, because, let’s face it, there’s only only so much stupid a person can face, and after his last “movie” turned out to be an almost exact replica of every other “movie” he’s ever done, it’s clear the man is a one-trick-pony, whose sole interest is fleecing his gullible flock for money, and has no interest in converting the non-believer. The only way Comfort could really become interesting, is if he followed in his little partner Kirk’s footsteps and started making “proper” movies. I’m sure Ray would have no problem pushing Kirk’s last effort off the top (or bottom, as it were) of the worst movies of all time. Surely, 2 hours of Ray pushing a phallic microphone up to random people’s mouths would be worse than “Saving Christmas,” right? Right?!

Still, one of Ray’s recent posts turned up on my timeline, that displays this apparent complete lack of understanding wonderfully. Not to mention the complete inability to actually make a point. Then again, having seen how his flock respond to whatever Comfort posts on his Facebook page, dribbling and simpering wildly, without ever once going “Hang on…” – then again, any dissent to Ray’s Word is most likely a banable offence these days. One thing Comfort doesn’t like his having his Word questioned:

RayIt’s hard – nay, impossible – to actually derive any sort of meaning from what he said. Starting off from the implication that having faith means happily ignoring the “look left, look right, then look left again” rule we had hammered into us from childhood, to the fact that we might all be insane and so shouldn’t trust ourselves… just a book written by Bronze Age goat herders. Or Ray Comfort, which is an even scarier proposition.

However, it’s his second paragraph that I want to focus on, where he displays yet more ignorance about the world and its workings (stepping up from his “gravity doesn’t exist in space” post from 2014). I find it hard to believe that Comfort and see that familiar “water” mirage on a hot road and firstly not know it’s a mirage and secondly, not know that it has to do with the refractive index of hot air, and the “water” is actually a reflection of the sky, because the hot air at the surface of the road is bending the rays of light reaching it, far more than they would be bent by the cooler air they pass through. Then again – just re-reading that explanation, I can see what passes for Comfort’s brain oozing out of his ears.

Likewise, his idea that the sky being blue is somehow our eyes “fooling” us, whereas, anybody with half a rain knows that it’s because molecules in the air scatter blue light from the sun more than they scatter red light, and so that’s what reaches our retinas. Of course, when the sun is close to the horizon, the blue light is scattered too much, hence we see red and orange sunsets and sunrises.

And as for the bit about Australians standing upside-down… well, like I said at the start, there’s only so much stupid you can take.

It’s not magic, it’s not our eyes playing tricks on us, it’s not a sign of dodgy faith and it’s certainly not a sign of insanity.

However, posting shit like this, is a sign of insanity (not to mention Ray’s target audience):

how-do-you-explain-a-sunset-if-there-is-not-god-2Also, THERE!! THERE!!

Oh good grief, I give up.

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2015 – what the frauds see in their crystal balls

No, I’m not making any more promises about cranking this blog back into life. If it happens, it happens… although the Republican Party likely to wheel out another clown car of idiots ahead of the 2016 elections, I’m sure there will be slightly more material to blog about.

In the meantime, I thought I’d draw up a short list of some of the predictions being made by various frauds, who call themselves psychics, for 2015. I might make a few comments alongside them, but mainly it’s going to serve as something I can come back to at the end of the year and see just how far from the mark these hucksters were. I’ve chosen three for no more scientific reason than they’re the ones Google threw at me, when I typed in “psychic predictions for 2015.” I’m posting the predictions as they appeared, with any of my own comments appended thus.

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