Christian evangelist Ray Comfort famously posted a YouTube video proclaiming bananas to be an atheist’s nightmare. On March 1, Comfort insinuated on his Facebook page that the word “banana” has become his nightmare.
Comfort, along with his sidekick Kirk Cameron, has made a career of evangelizing a strict literalist interpretation of the Bible. Often times on his television show, “The Way of the Master,” he will go after unsuspecting people with misleading tactics and his signature Ten Commandments quiz. His two movies, “The 180 Movie” and “Genius: The Movie” also rely on the same bag of tricks.
He also loves to antagonize atheists. It was his attempt to antagonize atheists that led him to make his infamous video, “The Banana Argument.” His argument was so bad and full of errors that lots of atheists started making response and parody videos. Comfort’s video became so popular among atheists that Comfort earned the nickname, “The Banana Man,” which seems to have stuck.
Despite his embarrassingly bad argument, Comfort continues to try to antagonize and taunt atheists on his Facebook page. He often directs comments to atheists. He does however moderate his page and frequently bans some atheists who use language he considers “blasphemy” or “cussing.”
The status update from March 1, reads:
“Below is a brand new video for you to spread around (for Christians only) http://goo.gl/rVR2i
For Atheists Only: We have permanently banned more than 700 atheists for cussing and blasphemy. I’m honored to have you here and would love it if I never have to ban anyone ever again. So please tell your atheist friends that burst onto the scene with a potty-mouth–never to be seen again–that what they consider to be “mild” words like “cr-p,” “OMG,” “Jebus,” “d-mn,” “BS,” etc., qualify as banning material. Oh…and there’s one other word that for some reason I don’t like: “banana.” :)”
Here, Comfort implies that he would ban atheists from his page if they even mention the fruit. While he of course has the right to ban whoever he wishes from his page without explanation, it is a little ironic that he has such a strong reaction to the thing that he claimed was an atheist’s nightmare.
To be fair, he might have been joking about that part of the comment (as indicated by the smiley face). But the face may have been referring to the “for some reason” part. What’s your opinion? Do you think Ray Comfort will ban atheists from his Facebook page over the word, “banana?” Do you care?
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