So This Is How You Make a Creationist Documentary…

Tyler Francke found Ray Comfort‘s notes:

Huh. That’s almost identical to the playbook Lee Strobel used when writing all of his “The Case for…” books.

(via Exploring Our Matrix)

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  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    The most concerning part, to me, is what happens after #4 that makes #5 possible.

    • Jett Perrobone

      Step 1: Collect underpants
      Step 2: ???
      Step 3: PROFIT!

      • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

        I already have a collection of underpants. Tell me what to do.

    • baal

      Once you start thinking up the answers you want, it’s not that hard to have easy generic questions that give those answers.
      EX
      ME: “How many years ago did Obama become president”
      YOU: “um, Jan 2013 is 9 months back and he had 4 years before that”
      ME: “so that works out too?”
      YOU: “about 4 years 9 months. So let’s say 5 years.”

      I then go film myself asking what’s your preferred age of sex partner and edit it to take out your first answer and to use the 2nd.

      • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

        What I had in mind was more about how there can be a sympathetic audience for this kind of thing. But, yeah, I agree with your post.

  • more compost

    Who is he raking in the cash from? Are these people who would even watch a legitimate documentary? Or are they people who give Ray Comfort money no matter what he does?

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      I haven’t knowingly met one, but they are legion. His tax returns show that his company pays around 100-200 thousand dollars in income to five or six employees, including himself (all family members or Kirk Cameron), and he also has just about all his expenses taken care of by said company.

      • http://godofevolution.com/ Tyler Francke

        And his nonprofit’s exchange reports on GuideStar indicate upwards of $3 million in revenue annually. I don’t know what Comfort’s take-home is, but his “work” certainly brings in a lot of cash.

        • flyb

          It’s all a front for his drugs-in-bananas smuggling operation.

          • C.L. Honeycutt

            The way that drugs fit perfectly in the human mouth and hand is evidence of God.

            And in the anus, but only in prison.

            • flyb

              You had me at “anus.”

            • baal

              The bununia goes in the anis.
              Fits perfectly.
              Therefore God.

      • more compost

        My point is, aren’t they people who will be sending him money anyway? In other words, he has legions of thoughtless people sending him money no matter what he does. Why give him free publicity?

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          The short version is that throughout history we have evidence that pretending dangerous people don’t exist allows them to more effectively gather followers and grow more extreme. They will always find someone who will believe them, but overall, they wither when opposed and prosper when others stay silent.

          This is the exact reason why public promotion of secular and atheist groups is important. It makes silent people feel more empowered with knowledge and support, and thus increases the opposition to those who malign atheists.

    • Ron

      He shills his wares on Whirled Nuts Daily and at “guaranteed minimum audience” speaking engagements which include riders to cover his travel expenses and accommodations. It’s a sweet gig.

  • flyb

    That could be the recipe for just about any documentary.

    • http://godofevolution.com/ Tyler Francke

      Perhaps, but I’m not sure there has ever lived a documentarian who has made better (or more frequent) use of the interview-of-random-person-on-the-street-as-evidence fallacy than Mr. Ray Comfort.

      • flyb

        He certainly has that market cornered.

  • http://quinesqueue.blogspot.com/ Q. Quine

    … as applied to Lying for Jesus.

  • Yoav

    2 and 3 are not fully accurate, it actually more like:
    2. Make a list of leading questions that would give the answers you want.
    3a. Tape a bunch of random people answering your questions.
    3b. Voice over different questions next to their answers to make it look like they support your predetermined conclusion.

  • Matthew Baker

    They forgot the Reductio ad Hitlerum he almost always makes at some point.

    • Ron

      Ray commits too many fallacies to list on one tiny page. And I’ve always wondered if his “would you kill someone for X dollars” question wasn’t really just a ploy to find himself a hitman. It’d be funny if someone actually responded:

      “Why, yes… yes I would. Who’d you have in mind, Ray? Your sidekick buddy, Kirk?”


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