According to the Christian Broadcasting Network:
Before the debate began, [Ray] Comfort was pleasantly surprised by his challengers’ parents.
“The mother of one of the atheists we debated [Kelly] contacted me. She said ‘I am a Christian. I watch your television program twice a week, and I am earnestly praying for you guys, and thank you for befriending my son,'” said Comfort.
“The female atheist – the other one who was debating us – her mother is a Christian,” added Comfort. “She was sitting in the front row of the church. She came up and said she was earnestly praying for us and thanked us for doing the debate.”
It’s not surprising that Kelly’s mother is religious. Many atheists come from very religious families. Comfort says this as if Kelly’s story is an anomaly, which is not the case.
When asked what the audience could expect as they tune in to Wednesday’s segment of Nightline, Comfort described the setting.
“We felt like two goldfish in a bowl of piranhas. There were 100 people allowed in the church, 50 percent atheists and 50 percent believers,” said Comfort. “The believers were polite and quiet. The atheists were rude and loud.”
Yep, he’s resorting to name calling. Having seen the Rational Response Squad’s preview video, the atheists in the audience simply clap when they hear a good point. It’s not like they’re hurling profanities while Kirk Cameron is speaking…
At the conclusion of our interview Comfort encouraged viewers to “Watch the debate and it will educate you on how to witness to atheists, how to make them backslide.”
Comfort added, “Please pray that God uses this to reach the lost, because that’s our aim. It’s not to win an argument, it’s to reach the lost.”
It’s not his aim to win an argument? The original press release quoted this line from Comfort:
“… I am amazed at how many people think that God’s existence is a matter of faith. It’s not, and I will prove it at the debate – once and for all. This is not a joke. I will present undeniable scientific proof that God exists.
Sounds like he intended to win an argument, failed miserably, and is already backtracking before the debate airs.
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