There’s a street preacher that I see every so often in Workington. I think he was the one that was falsely accused of breaching the peace after a homophobic outburst and subsequently won thousands of pounds in compensation. I’m sure he feels vindicated in his homophobia.
He was there again preaching outside the O2 shop as I was leaving town to collect my son and his friend for the school run. I’ve always wanted to stop and chat but the moment has never been right, just as it wasn’t that day. I had to run! I did, however, ask if I could take a photo of his sign so I could look up his website when I got home. He agreed and I took the picture before turning to leave.
“Do you believe in god?” he called after me as I left. Now I’ve been practicing the answer to this one so when I replied it came out with just the right mix of disdain and incredulity.
I carried on walking but he called after me; with his preacher voice.
“The scripture says ‘The fool says in his heart, “there is no god”’” (He was talking so wasn’t troubled by triple depth speech marks.)
I turned with a wry smile and said,
“Yes, I’ve heard that”
To which he replied, and I may not be one hundred per cent accurate here but the gist is there:
“Atheists do believe in god in their hearts, they just deny him in un-righteousness”
I carried on walking, I really was late by this time but I did spin round, give him a sarcastic wave and called back
“Well that’s just bollocks isn’t it”
Not my most eloquent statement but pithy I thought, and entirely accurate.
So that was my first exchange with Workington’s Crazy Christian. First he calls me a fool, then a liar. Nice technique there, very persuasive.
One observation. How can I both say in “in my heart” that there is no god whilst at the same time knowing “in my heart” that there is a god? I may be over thinking it.
I checked the website by the way. Apparently the second law of thermodynamics disproves evolution. Seriously. That’s what it says. It then links you on to Ken Ham’s pit of stupidity Answers in Genesis. Not persuasive. Not even interesting. Sigh.