Some rather pitiful attention seeker, using the YouTube username “HelpImSick”, has renamed his channel to “Matthew Dillahunty.” He is currently stealing and reposting ACA videos, and under several videos he has included this description:
May 1st-31st Contest for 2013:
Give a coherent explanation that God exists, that could actually almost convince me that God is true:
I will reward the person with 2500$ for the most convincing argument, and I will announce the winner on the 31st.
The 2500$ is not fake, it is for the most convincing argument, and I will announce the winner on the 31st. Opposed to the Creationist contest, I actually have an open mind.
…Then he goes on to provide all the usual ACA contact info and links.
The $2500 is absolutely fake. There is no contest. Neither Matt nor the ACA would throw that kind of money around in any case, nor would we fake a prize as a lame publicity stunt, just so we could claim that there is no winner and keep the money. Matt’s real YouTube account is SansDeity.
It is laughable when creationists put up prize money. The difference between that and the James Randi challenge is that JREF deals with concrete claims that can be verified through scientific testing with mutually agreed on conditions for victory. Similar creationist “challenges” such as Kent Hovind’s, set up some vague, unspecific condition (“prove to me that evolution is true!”) and set themselves, or close associates with no transparency, as the judge of these subjective conditions.
This “Matthew” is making a similar same offer with his imaginary money that he claims is not fake. Actually, he’s stating it is for “the most convincing argument,” which — while subjective — doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for saying that there’s no winner. So far, we’ve only received one email from some gullible person who thought the offer was real. His argument was terrible; I’d sum it up as “our perception of the world is imperfect, therefore there could be things we don’t perceive, therefore God exists.” But I guess under the stated rules he’d win. If there was any money. Which, again, there isn’t, because it would be a pointless exercise.
Now fake Matthew is responding to the charges of being fake by saying:
No morons please. Yes, I am the REAL Matt Dillahunty. It’s been a headache with illiterate people whom are saying that I do not have 2,500$ or a contest. I am happy to hear your reasoning for God, but if you call or email me about the credibility of the contest, I will remove your chance permanently. I am good at memorizing your voice, and your bad grammar, so it is quite easy to revoke your chances. Call or Email, unless you’re one of these persistent numb nut Creationists. It is the same logical reasoning used for God, that a lot of idiots use, to try and twist my established event.
Matt wouldn’t call people idiots for exercising reasonable skepticism. I wouldn’t either. This is a tone deaf parody.
The account has been reported by Matt and Atheist Experience, so hopefully it will be taken care of. In the meantime, feel free to link this post if you hear anyone claim the prize is real.
Update: The impersonator has sort of identified himself, see comments below.