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"I met Bruce at Huntington Beach," Comfort says. "He was there to film for his atheist church, and he came across and heckled me, and I enjoy crossing swords with any atheist, and I particularly like Bruce."
At the same time, Comfort says, he feels sorry for atheists because "they've got nothing to live for, nothing to die for and no reason to be here"—except in Gleason's case, in which that atheist's reason to get out of bed in the morning is to battle God and those who believe in Him, Comfort says. "Bruce thinks he's a primate, as most atheists do."
Comfort claims he can make an atheist backslide in a matter of seconds by asking how "nothing" can create "everything," given that it's a scientific impossibility. "And when they're confronted with that thought, they begin to think, 'No, I don't believe that,'" Comfort says. "'That's crazy.'"
Comfort lumps Gleason in with a category of atheists that seemingly approaches non-faith with the zeal of a newly born-again saint. "Bruce is what I call a cut-and-paste atheist," Comfort says. "They go onto an atheist [website] and become an expert in seconds."
Asked about Gleason's take on the 10 Commandments, Comfort sees a similarity between what Gleason accuses God of doing and what Gleason himself does, especially with his sarcastic billboards. "That's what Bruce does," he says. "He throws his weight around."
As for the question of who has caused more evil in the world, believers or nonbelievers? "The problem isn't religion or atheism; it's the wickedness of man's heart to use it for his own agenda," Comfort says. "The Bible says we live in a fallen creation. Hurricanes, famines, tornadoes, disease: all these things are the result of a fallen creation. It doesn't shake my faith in the Scriptures. It strengthens it, that they are right."
Atheists such as Gleason mock believers for their faith at the same time they blindly place their trust in professors and others who indoctrinate them with unbelief, Comfort says. While he admires Gleason's tenacity in taking on the awesome task of trying to disprove the divine, Comfort figures his friend is going to die a disappointed man. "I would say Bruce is actually trying to fight the God he doesn't believe in," Comfort says. "And a blind, weak-kneed, anemic flea on crutches has more of a chance of defeating a herd of a thousand wild, stampeding elephants."
This article appeared in print as "Noexist: Bruce Gleason wants to kill your god, one joke at a time."