Yesterday, I mentioned that evangelist Ray Comfort‘s desire to train more than 1,000 Christians to proselytize to atheists at the Reason Rally was thwarted by police, who said a “protest” of that size required a permit and that the Christians would basically have to stay on the sidelines.
Plan B now will be for Comfort and his small crew of just over a dozen to chat with atheists individually.
But what about the $25,000 in Subway gift cards he was planning to give away?
Comfort had said in a press release:
“In what is so often a cruel world, we tried to show a little kindness and it didn’t work. So it now looks like we will be eating Subway sandwiches for the next 40 years.“
It was a joke, obviously, but many commenters were quick to point out that the “Christian” thing to do would be to give the cards to the homeless. (By the way, atheists: Stop using “Christian” as a synonym for “kindness.” Just say it’s the polite thing to do and leave it at that.)I wanted to let you all know that Comfort emailed me yesterday to say he heard you loud and clear:
“The $25,000 worth of Subway cards will be going to the homeless.”
He may have already been planning to do that ahead of time (despite his joke), but if he wasn’t, I think your nudging certainly helped.
It’s a classy move (even if it’s just another way to proselytize). If you see him next weekend, be sure to tell him that.
And if you’d like to pick up a copy of his new book, he’ll still be giving those away. Just be on the lookout for these six-foot-tall cutouts: