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Ray Comfort: You Can't Trust a Declared Atheist With Political Authority

Evangelist Ray Comfort was discussing his new book and his recent efforts to witness to atheists with Bott Radio Network's Janet Mefferd on Tuesday when the hostess noted there has never been an atheist president, and there are currently no atheists in Congress.

"I don't know if you've heard the saying, 'Religion has caused more wars than anything.' That's a favorite of atheists, and it just isn't true," he said. "According to Encyclopedia of Wars, published in 2004, there's been 1,763 wars up until 2004. Only 8 percent were religious wars, and two-thirds were in the name of Islam, so 92 percent of all wars have been more political in nature ...

"So, while we're talking atrocities, wars and deaths, atheists have caused 110 million deaths in the last hundred years. Stalin, 60 million—he was an atheist. Mao, 40 million, and he was an atheist. Pol Pot, 1.7 million, he was an atheist. Vladimir Lenin, 5 million people slaughtered, he was an atheist. So, when people realize that, you can't trust an atheist in a position of authority, especially politically."

Comfort said atheists can certainly appear to be "nice people" when they are first met, but given power, they will "do what they want and carry out their own agendas." He said atheists "don't have any moral high ground to stand on because they're not standing on any whatsoever."

"The irony is that the polls tell us people put atheists on a par with rapists," he added. "They say, 'Why is that? Don't people realize how intellectual we are?'

"If you study it and think about it, there are certain things Americans hold dear to them ... Atheists are suing Christians for things they hold dear to them. A judge has the Ten Commandments on the wall in his courtroom, he gets sued. A sheriff, if he has 'In God We Trust'—which is our national motto—on a sticker on his car, he gets taken to court. Bible verses on government sites, they get sued."

Mefferd also noted that millennials who are just now joining the American electorate are less likely to see atheism as repugnant, a point Comfort brought up in his book, as well. She wondered how that might impact the political landscape in the future, perhaps leading to an atheist president or member of Congress.

"Well, the irony is that even those millennials prefer to vote for a Christian than an atheist," he said. "It's a call to Christians to say, 'Hey, let's stop sitting in our pews and relaxing. We've got to get out there.' Jesus would go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature and not wait for people to come into the church. You've got as much chance of an atheist or young person visiting a church as you have a criminal visiting the police station. It's the last place they want to go."

Comfort said there is need for "fire in our pulpits." Pastors who don't preach about sin, righteousness and judgment are filling their churches with false converts.

"Government should come to the church for moral guidance," he added. "We should be salt on this earth. Yet, when salt has lost its flavor, Jesus said it would be trampled under the foot of men. That's exactly what has happened to the church."

Comfort's latest book is titled Fat Chance: Why Pigs Will Fly Before America has an Atheist President.

Ray Comfort, Charisma News 31 Comments [7/21/2016 3:28:49 AM]
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Mister Spak

" So, when people realize that, you can't trust an atheist in a position of authority, especially politically." "

Just scare them away with a banana.

7/21/2016 4:06:00 AM

Grey Rook

While I disagree with his premise, I cannot help but agree that America will not have an Atheist president within our lifetimes - the population is too heavily indoctrinated with Christian ideology, which says that Atheists are either brainless retards or evil incarnate.

7/21/2016 4:12:25 AM

Darkevilme

why do i suspect that there is some kind of bullshit handwaving involved as to why hitler wasn't religious and why the FUCKING CRUSADES didn't count as religious wars.

Or what about the spanish armada, sent by catholics to depose a protestant monarch and believed to be doing the will of god?

hell that's just what I a layman at history can come up with. I'm sure there's someone here who can keep talking about religious wars until pigs DO fly.

7/21/2016 4:59:46 AM

Churchy LaFemme

"Comfort said atheists can certainly appear to be "nice people" when they are first met, but given power, they will "do what they want and carry out their own agendas.""

Well, I guess we should be glad that Christians, especially evangelists, would never do that.

" 'In God We Trust'—which is our national motto"

No, our national motto is E Pluribus Unum. In God We Trust has only been around since the 1950s Red Scare.

7/21/2016 5:06:44 AM

Norman

I see Ray farted out another book.

7/21/2016 5:07:19 AM

Doubting Thomas

I guess Ray's going to overlook WWII, which was started by a Christian guy who hated another religious group, and sought not only to take over the world, but to rid the world of that particular religious group.

Comfort's latest book is titled Fat Chance: Why Pigs Will Fly Before America has an Atheist President.

Never say never, because the "nones" (people with no declared religious affiliation) are about 25% of the population now, and Christianity is shrinking. It may not happen in my lifetime, but give it another 100 years and who knows what will happen.

7/21/2016 5:24:48 AM

ChakatBlackstar

Salt on this earth? I'm sorry...maybe I misunderstood but didn't people once salt the fields of their enemies so that no more food would grow (before that kinda thing became a war crime)? "We should be salt on this earth", while appropriate probably wasn't what he meant to say, had he bothered to rub two brain cells together to think first.

7/21/2016 5:34:48 AM



Every war can be linked to religion or religious differences Ray. It is one of the biggest things that divide us.

7/21/2016 5:39:29 AM

Mikgof

Comfort's latest book is titled Fat Chance: Why Pigs Will Fly Before America has an Atheist President.


I have a sneaky feeling that you already have an Atheist president, but he can't openly admit it. And if Trump wins in November then you will have an Atheist president.

7/21/2016 6:08:11 AM



No problem with internet, thought, and Bill Gates

7/21/2016 6:41:17 AM

Dr. Razark

"We should be salt on this earth. Yet, when salt has lost its flavor, Jesus said it would be trampled under the foot of men."

But salt is salt. It can't be not salty. Jesus was obviously an idiot and should be disregarded.



@Darkevilme
"why do i suspect that there is some kind of bullshit handwaving involved as to... why the FUCKING CRUSADES didn't count as religious wars."

Oh, I'm guessing that Bananaman would consider the Crusades as religious wars. They would fall under the "Islam" category, of course, since they were between Muslims and Catholics. See, there were no "real Christians" involved in those. Same with the Armada. It was those nasty Catholics again, starting another war against "real Christians".

7/21/2016 6:44:29 AM

Philbert MacAdamia

"We should be salt on this earth.

And kill the grass? What?

7/21/2016 7:34:57 AM

The Crimson Ghost

Ray, after reading this pile of rubbish, I've concluded that you are one of the stupidest bastards to have ever lived. You, along with your boyfriend Kirk Cameron, will never, EVER win anyone over to your team. I'd also like to point out that Millenials are increasingly irreligious, which means that they are more likely to see religion as repugnant.

I also like his nonsense towards the end about "false converts". WTF is that supposed to mean? Since when did any of these self serving charlatans masquerading as christians give a shit about what the other zombies in their congregation secretly think, as long as they continue to show up & even more importantly, cough up 10% of their income?

7/21/2016 8:46:28 AM

Demon Duck of Doom

Any self-proclaimed atheist would be a better ruler than you, Bananaman.

7/21/2016 9:56:32 AM

Alencon

America already has had both a gay (Buchanan) and an atheist (Jefferson) president. I sort of suspect Obama is an atheist as well.

7/21/2016 10:08:20 AM

Darkevilme

@Dr. Razark:

For your proposed argument to work ray would have to believe that muslims and catholics are atheists...

oh fuck he really is that stupid isn't he?

7/21/2016 10:27:41 AM

JohnTheAtheist

None of the atheists you mention killed in the name of atheism. No society has ever been ravaged by violence due to an excess of reason. Ever. Not one.

These wars that are "political in nature" can almost all be reduced to a difference in politics due to different unfounded belief systems, usually religion.

Fuck you, Ray.

7/21/2016 11:15:47 AM

Potato-tan

@ ChakatBlackstar

If I had to hazard a guess -- and that's all this is, a guess -- I think it might have to do with the fact that salt used to be comparatively hard-to-get, and therefor sought-after and valuable.

7/21/2016 11:44:02 AM

BLAMigator

Ray Comfort: You know, I think there will be an atheist president... when pigs fly!



Kirk Cameron: So will you be voting for an atheist?

Ray Comfort: No, I'd still prefer not.

7/21/2016 11:54:21 AM

Yossarian Lives

Why should anyone outside of fundamentalist Christianity trust anything you have to say, Ray?

Somehow I get the impression that many American Christians wouldn't trust an atheist. Not because what you say is true, but because they often form ludicrous stereotypes of atheists just as you do.

"Government should come to the church for moral guidance," he added. "We should be salt on this earth. Yet, when salt has lost its flavor, Jesus said it would be trampled under the foot of men. That's exactly what has happened to the church."

Tell me again about the atheists and their inherent agendas in power.

7/21/2016 12:32:01 PM

freako104

Lying for the lord again Ray?

7/21/2016 3:21:34 PM

TimeToTurn

People killed in the name of atheism made a tiny fraction of people killed under Lenin, Stalin, or Mao, so I hardly see why the faith of certain dictators should ever matter.

Oh, what about Francisco Franco's regime, which was 100% Christian? I'll also give you Romanian Holocaust perpetrator Ion Antonescu and Hungarian leader Ferenc Szálasi and the Arrow Cross Party, who in less than 5 months killed over 15,000 people and deported 80,000-plus more to Nazi death camps. All were Christian, or do Catholics and Orthodox not count as real Christians?

7/21/2016 3:30:21 PM

Old Viking

During the Middle Ages, huge atheist armies waged war against one another to determine which side disbelieved in the proper manner.

7/21/2016 4:00:12 PM

Anon-e-moose

Prior to the last general election here in the UK, David Cameron had to rely upon the support - and MP numbers - of a certain Liberal Demiocrat leader to maintain his position as Prime Minister.

That LibDem leader? Nick Clegg.

An Atheist.

Now you go and shove a banana up your arse, Ray Cumfart, the adults are talking.

7/21/2016 5:25:42 PM

pyro

> Every war can be linked to religion or religious differences Ray. It is one of the biggest things that divide us.

I wouldn't link the Soviet Union to religion (Communism isn't a religion for the same reason that Christianity is a religion: common sense).

7/21/2016 8:31:22 PM

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