Mike Huckabee and Christian blogger Matt Walsh aren’t the only ones defending fallen TLC star Josh Duggar — now two prominent creationists have added their voices to the chorus, as well.
Creationists Ray Comfort and Eric Hovind have stepped up to the plate to defend Duggar from well-earned criticisms; and while Huckabee’s “regrettable” defense of Duggar was cringe-worthy at best, Comfort’s defense is at once totally predictable but still makes one want to beat their head against their desk.
Ray “Bananaman” Comfort
Ray Comfort is a New Zealand native known for his repeated (and failed) attempts to disprove evolution. He’s perhaps most famous — among atheists, anyway– for his use of bananas to argue in favor of creationism, claiming that the banana is proof of intelligent design because it fits so well in a person’s hand.
Of course, the banana is proof of intelligent design — human intelligent design, as humans have bred and altered the modern banana to such a degree it can no longer survive in the wild. The sheer volume of mocking that Comfort received forced him to abandon the argument and go so far as to claim it was an atheist hoax, but it was too late: by that time, the appellation “Bananaman” was already firmly affixed.
Riding to Josh Duggar’s rescue
The religious right has been frantically circling the wagons to defend Josh Duggar, so it would only make sense that Comfort, himself an evangelical minister, would jump in.
And jump in he did; paying the No True Christian™ card in the process:
As The Friendly Atheist noted:
Bear in mind that Josh Duggar was brought up in a family that’s known primarily for how seriously they interpret their faith. It’s not like Josh Duggar was molesting kids only until someone told him about Jesus, at which point he said “No way! I’m *not* supposed to touch little girls’ vaginas?”
If Josh Duggar wasn’t a Christian, then nobody‘s a Christian.
Joining Comfort is Eric Hovind, another creationists who took a similar approach in his defense of Duggar — and somehow managed to include evolution in his bizarre rant, as well:
If evolution is true, then there is no absolute right and wrong. If evolution is true Josh should not have admitted his faults over a decade ago because what one evolved bag of molecules does to another bag of molecules just doesn’t really matter. If evolution is true there is no ultimate Judge on the bench who will hold every man, woman, and child responsible for their actions. And if evolution is true you will not give an account for every idle word you speak.
That rhesus and capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, orangutans, dolphins, and dogs all understand concepts like “fairness,” “justice,” and have something that rhymes with “morality,” is, of course, a moot point to Hovind.
One thing is certain, however: all the great apes, cetaceans, and monkeys are certainly more moral and upright than anyone defending the Duggars, and that includes Bananaman Comfort, Eric Hovind, and Mike Huckabee.
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