Christian evangelist Ray Comfort, whose Living Waters ministry projects include “God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists,” “Nothing Created Everything” and “Einstein, God and the Bible,” as well as many man-in-the-street interview movies, has decided to let comedian and atheist Penn Jillette have his way.
Comfort announced on Tuesday he will cut from his new movie, “The Banana Man Story,” an interview between the two recorded while the movie was in production.
The decision came after Jillette’s representatives threatened to sue over the 10-minuted video of Jillette approaching Comfort after he had finished an interview with well-known atheist and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss for the movie.
Comfort explained Jillette “asked me who made God and a stack of other questions.”
“During that time I gave him irrefutable evidence for God’s existence, something he had stated on CNN that no one could have.”
The interview was scheduled to go into the movie before the lawsuit threat.
The film explains how the world’s most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins, made Comfort an instant “idiot-celebrity” among atheists worldwide by christening him “Banana Man” and mocking him on international television and in universities.
Comfort said his lawyers encouraged him to include the full clip, because there was good legal standing for it, but he decided instead to honor Jillette’s wishes.
“We are still telling the whole amazing story of how Penn unexpectedly showed up at my interview with Lawrence Krauss, and how he was almost killed moments after we spoke on the sidewalk,” Comfort said.
After Comfort and Jillette had finished talking, Jillette was talking with someone else then walked into traffic and nearly got hit by a car.
He later spoke about the incident on a podcast.
Comfort noted that Jillette had defended a New York artist’s right to put a crucifix in a jar of urine.
The comedian said: “I was a freedom of speech nut, and I thought that they absolutely should have the right to do whatever art they wanted.”
Comfort also pointed out that without getting permission, Jillette tweeted a photograph of the two of them and discussed the interview on his radio program.
— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) June 7, 2016
Jillette wrote: “I met @RayComfort in D.C. I watched @LKrauss1 answer all his questions and then Ray tried to show me Jesus.”
Jillette later said in an interview with Smashing Interviews, “I only hung out with Ray for 45 minutes or an hour, and he was passionate, honest, straightforward and polite.”
The interview was on a public sidewalk in Washington in 2016, and Comfort pointed out other atheists have been pleased to be included.
“When high-profile atheist Jaclyn Glenn found she had made the cut, she said tongue-in-cheek, ‘You know that you’ve made it when you’re in a Ray Comfort film,'” he said.
“I think Penn protesteth too much. The fact that the existence of God can be proven isn’t something that should be hidden or censored,” Comfort said.
Jillette, according to his IMDB profile, has claimed, “Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around.”
He also said: “Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything. Atheism is not a religion. It’s the absence of religion, and that’s a wonderful thing.”