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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Matt Taibbi and the WoTM

In his book The Great Derangement, A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, & Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire, Matt Taibbi describes in hilarious detail his experience with the Way of the Master and Ray Comfort. Matt has joined the Cornerstone Church in Texas and is participating in his first evangelizing encounter, which of course is based on the teachings of Ray Comfort. Here is a short excerpt:

"Meanwhile, Joe had turned on his giant-screen television and popped in a DVD. Next thing I knew, I was looking at the preposterous face of former television sitcom star Kirk Cameron. I slumped in my chair. The church had been steadily force-feeding us lessons from a video evangelism series called The Way of the Master, starring the aforementioned Cameron and another like-minded Christian lunatic, a demented Sonny Bono clone with a Fuller-brush mustache and a British accent named Ray Comfort.
The series is a sort of Beavis and Butt-head-style PG-rated love story in which the two earnest, constrictively dressed Christians go out into the world and regale happy pedestrians with threats of Hell until they lumber away from the cameras looking confused and miserable."

Make an effort to get a hold of a copy and read chapter 11, starting at page 209. There are more antics of Kirk and Cameron to make you laugh.


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  2. Just ordered it through my library - this oughta be good.

  3. So, kiwis have a British accent now? Oh, journalism isn't getting better (or at least Taibbi's accent recognition skills are low-grade).

  4. Ray's flagging down mentally unstable people, like Earla, so he can play Jesus-for-a-day. Easy victories from people who will do just about anything for some spare change or a free lunch.

    What a train wreck.

  5. Felix,

    Interestingly (or not) enough, I was asked yesterday if I was a Kiwi. I replied that I was, in fact, English and they apologized and said it was the funny accent that threw them off! I tell you, some North Americans have no ear for accent at all.

    And to clarify, I do not have a funny accent; Queen's English all the way for me, what-what!

  6. I've been asked if I was Canadian by some Americans I met once. My English surely has a slight Euro pinch.
    Have you seen the 'League of Gentlemen' (British comedy series) character Dean Tavalouris played by Reece Shearsmith? He's a Brit who imagines that he's a talented American show magician, so he tries to sound as American as possible. The outcome is such a dreadful accent that it's nearly unbearable to listen to.

  7. League of Gentlemen is amazing! I love showing it to guys over on this side of the Pond who think they know comedy (Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier...) and it totally blows their minds.

    Same reaction when I play the Mighty Boosh or Spaced; I honestly think there's been a renaissance in British sit-coms in the last 10 years that is totally unrivaled by anything else in the world (except Curb Your Enthusiasm; Larry David rocks!)

    Has everyone seen the fake dino-human footprint fossil over on PZ Myers' blog? Too funny...

  8. ExPatMatt sez

    Has everyone seen the fake dino-human footprint fossil over on PZ Myers' blog? Too funny...

    *Seen* it? I posted on it! c^_^ɔ

  9. Tripmaster Monkey said:

    "*Seen* it? I posted on it! c^_^ɔ"

    expatmatt said (adopting true, creationist, excuse-making prose):

    I see no fossil, where's your evidence? Sure, anyone can 'post' a 'picture' but where's the hard facts? Why doesn't your post explain the BIG BANG?

    PILTDOWN MAN PILTDOWN MAN, evilution's on it's deathbed!!!!!1oneone11!!!


    [hey Ranting, how do you do it without feeling dirty all over afterward - I feel like I've been to the houseboat bbq from hell! ]


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