Mocking non-believers for failing to grasp the logic behind the existence of God, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) cited an exchange with the late Texas entertainer Bob Murphey to disprove atheism during a prayer rally in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.
“Bob Murphey used to say, ‘You know, I feel so bad for atheists, I do,'” Gohmert recalled at "Celebrate America,” a three-week-long revival event. “‘Think about it, no matter how smart they think they are, an atheist has to admit that he believes the equation: nobody plus nothing equals everything.’”
"How embarrassing for an intellectual to have to say 'Yeah, I believe that,'" Gohmert said, citing Murphey. "Nobody plus nothing equals everything."
Gohmert delivered his final point to a chorus of applause as he concluded, "You couldn't get everything unless there was something that was the creator of everything and that's the Lord we know.” Gohmert did not elaborate on how he leapt from something to nothing to everything to the "Lord we know" rather than to, say, a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Gohmert also neglected to explain who would have created the Lord he knows, or whether the Lord created Himself before He existed.
With a penchant for evangelizing, Gohmert even attacked Rev. Barry Lynn, the executive director for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last month over his defense of church-state separation.
“Do you believe in sharing the good news that will keep people from going to Hell, consistent with Christian beliefs?” the tea party conservative asked Lynn, who disagreed with Gohmert’s narrow perception of Hell.
When the pastor said he did not believe people would go to Hell for a specific “set of ideas,” Gohmert shot back, "Either you believe as a Christian that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life or you don’t."
(h/t Right Wing Watch)