The Year in Christian Right Weirdness

Raw Story has a rundown of some of the most bizarre statements made by preachers and other Christian righters in 2014, many of whom were reported here throughout the year as well. But it’s worth a look back so we can laugh yet again at what some of these people actually believe (or claim to, at least). Of course Gordon Klingenschmitt was at the top of the list:

Disgraced Navy chaplain turned Republican lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt is one of the nuttier crazy Christians of 2014. In August, he warned that Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), an openly gay U.S. congressman, would soon start beheading Christians in the name of sodomy.

“The open persecution of Christians is underway. Democrats like Polis want to bankrupt Christians who refuse to worship and endorse his sodomy. Next he’ll join ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America,” he warned.

It’s important to note that this guy got elected. Ray Comfort makes the list too:

Creationist Ray Comfort believes that the Bible is the literal word of God, and is best known for his belief that that atheists have scary dreams about bananas — but the evangelist showed in 2014 that he also has an inkling for attacking astrophysicists and cosmologists.

Not only has he claimed that the Bible says Stephen Hawking is a fool, but he thinks that Lawrence Krauss sounds like Adolf Hitler. Comfort also insists that Neil deGrasse Tyson is wrong to claim that the Bible isn’t scientific.

“(The Bible) gives us the basis for all creation, and it passes the scientific method,” he explained. “It’s observable – Genesis – and testable. Evolution is not. You can’t observe something 60 million years old, but you can observe what Genesis says.”

I can’t wait to hear what these dolts have to say in 2015. Thanks to them, I’ll never run out of things to write about.

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  • lldayo

    Ray Comfort is right in that you can observe what Genesis says. Whether what it says is true or not is a totally different issue.

  • Mr Ed

    Maybe Ray Comfort should do his own version of Mythbusters. Nothing will bring in converts faster than being able to show that parts of the bible can past scientific scrutiny.

    Today the build team will attempt to part the water in a Tupperware container before going full scale at the community center pool. Meanwhile Ray and Kurt will see how many people they can feed with half a dozen trout and a bag of wonder bread.

  • ehmm

    Am I the only one that thinks Ray Comfort is loosing whatever significance he may have had?

  • Loqi

    How could one possibly pick a “best of” list for these people? It would be like trying to pick the worst catsup milkshake. They all make me gag, and by the second one I just want to go home and cry.

  • raven

    So many fundie xian atrocities, so little space.

    Graphic: New details released in near-beheading murder of …

    kfor. com /…/police-investigate-near-beheading-murder-of-stillwater-teen-…

    Oct 30, 2014 – Graphic: New details released in near-beheading murder of Stillwater … class at Northern Oklahoma College, but was planning to transfer to OSU. … Jesse, “were practicing witchcraft and Isaiah had strong Christian beliefs.”.

    I’d put the devout xian in Oklahoma who beheaded his friend for supposedly practicing witchcraft on the list. This is right out of the Dark Ages.

    And predictably, this barely made the local news and never made the national news. A clear case of media bias.

  • Sastra

    ehmm wrote:

    Am I the only one that thinks Ray Comfort is loosing whatever significance he may have had?

    I don’t know.

    And I constantly have to remind myself that I don’t know. I get most of my information on who’s hot and who’s not in religion from atheist sources and what passes for religious news reporting in my tiny little local paper. This is not necessarily going to be reliable — not because of deliberate lying, but because the focus may not reflect what’s really going on with the huge swaths of religious believers in America and the world.

    For all I know Ray Comfort has never been more popular — or powerful. We get tired of the same old schtick and will move on. The faithful often find it comforting and reassuring.

    But I suspect you might be right. I don’t see his demographic leaning towards the young adult.

  • blf

    I can’t wait to hear what these dolts have to say in 2015.

    Roughly, the same things as in 2014. BCE.

  • Holms

    “(The Bible) gives us the basis for all creation, and it passes the scientific method,” he explained. “It’s observable – Genesis – and testable. Evolution is not. You can’t observe something 60 million years old, but you can observe what Genesis says.”

    Amazing. Evolution, geology etc. are wrong because we never witnessed the events and thus can only read of them in papers and the like, but genesis is totes real because we can read of it. What a dishonest shitstain.

  • John Pieret

    Holms:

    What a dishonest shitstain.

    Oh, I don’t know … all the available evidence is that Banana Man is quite stupid enough to think he is making a valid point, not intentionally lying.

  • ehmm

    #6 Sastra,

    I agree. I don’t have a very good feel for this stuff either. I’m probably wrong, but it just seems to me that Ray Comfort’s public profile kind of peaked around the time he published his version of Origin of the species.

    Kirk Cameron basically becomes Daily Show fodder every time he goes on TV.

  • StevoR

    Three .. Two .. One .. Lift off ..er .. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 😀

    Welcome to the Year of Pluto & Ceres :

    http://www.universetoday.com/117291/2015-nasas-year-of-the-dwarf-planet/

    Best wishes for Ed Brayton and y’all. Here’s to 2015 being an astronomically great year with clear skies and smooth sailing ahead! 😀

    (Off topic I know but still.)

  • dingojack

    Stevo – OT and rather belated…. :)

    Dingo

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Dinjojack : Well depends what timezone you’re talking about here.

  • dingojack

    Personally, I’m sixteen hours into Ed future…. (spooooky) 😀

    Dingo

  • eric

    Ray Comfort is right in that you can observe what Genesis says.

    And thanks to the internet, you don’t even have to leave your own home or pay money to watch all those begats!