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Special Attie Award!!! Special Attie Award!!!!!

September 18, 2009

attie_1x600 Oh man, sometimes, this Attie award business is just too easy. And, these guys have had it coming for a long time.

I hate bait and switch tactics when it comes to evangelism. I hate telling students to come get pizza when they are actually going to hear an hour sermon. I think it’s dishonest, disingenous, and disstupid (yes, i made that up).  Or, saying, hey, we have the cutest chicks/ guys on campus, come check them out and then you find that you have to stare at a praise and worship band for forty five minutes before you can talk to said hot people.

Along those lines, we have Ray Comfort/Kirk Cameron. They have come up with what they think is a brilliant idea:

So, yeah, let’s take the Origin of Species, accuse Darwin of being responsible for the holocust, etc and so on, then get a mindless essay from Ray Comfort giving the gospel while “refuting” Darwin in a fifty page essay. So, I’m assuming he will engage all the scholarly publications, scientific proof in that essay? Yeah, good luck with that Ray. The problem is, most of the arguments you will most likely offer are so wrong, I don’t even know where to begin.

Plus, the smug sneakiness about the whole thing just makes me want to vomit. Jesus doesn’t need your help by taking someone’s intellectual property (yes, I know its public domain, but still), and then give it to people thinking they are getting something else. Shame on both of you. It’s this kind of crap that makes my job so much harder and pretty much destroys atheist/christian dialogue.

So, Ray and Kirk, step up to get your Attie for sheer dishonest evangelism. Not many people have deserved it as much as you.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. ferret wrangler permalink
    September 18, 2009 1:15 pm

    The Dipshit Duo

    ‘Nana Man and Polyp Boy

    PeeWee Kiwi and , umm, what was he in again?

  2. Matheus permalink
    September 18, 2009 3:45 pm

    And yet the biggest fail from their part is to think that kids will read it.
    Cmon, wake up! Young people barely read anything, much less a 150 year old biology book, in victorian english, with an old geezer in the cover.

    By the way, how much success have they had with their previous books? Can’t find anything official.

  3. Alex permalink
    September 19, 2009 12:37 am

    My girlfriend just walked by as Kirk said “Hitler’s undeniable connection to the theory of evolution, Darwin’s racism, and his disdain for women,” and accidentally spit a mouthful of Texas Toast in my hair.

    Thanks, Thomas Society. Thanks a lot.

  4. Cubist permalink
    September 19, 2009 5:05 am

    It’s worth noting that C&C have excised a few chapters from this edition of ORIGIN OF SPECIES; it is not yet clear what other alterations they’ve inflicted on the innocent text. Given the Creationist propensity for quote-mining and outright fabrication of fictitious “quotes”, it would hardly be prudent to presume that the alterations they *admit to* are the *only* ones they’ve committed…

  5. thomas2026 permalink*
    September 19, 2009 8:28 am

    Alex,
    The question is, did she have the courtesy to spit spaghetti in your hair to go with that Texas toast. 🙂

  6. ferret wrangler permalink
    September 19, 2009 1:07 pm

    “PeeWee Kiwi and , umm, what was he in again?”

    Oh, yeah, it was some sitcom where his best friend was his boner and…wait…that didn’t come out right…

  7. September 20, 2009 10:43 pm

    The Disstupidest! That deserves something special. 🙂

  8. Richard Eis permalink
    September 21, 2009 3:35 am

    Now perhaps you understand why as soon as anyone says “darwinism” in a pharyngulite blog post, we all suddenly get very rude. We have been putting up with this kind of “would be underhanded if it wasn’t blatently obvious” lying for years.

  9. September 21, 2009 7:59 am

    Disstupid indeed! This calls for something special.

  10. Andrew permalink
    September 24, 2009 11:52 pm

    Coyne rips apart the introduction here, though the PDF of the introduction itself seems to have been taken down since then (it was on the publisher’s site, not Coyne’s or the HuffPo’s).

  11. Tony permalink
    September 28, 2009 10:53 am

    Totally agree with you on this, Jonathan. Deceivers for Christ are forgetting all about ‘let your yes be yes, and your no be no.’ I get angry every time I find one of those fake $20 bills that turns out to be a tract. I love Jesus, but do people really think that trickery is going to inspire people to life-changing thought?

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