Even before being aired, the documentary Darwin’s Deadly Legacy from Coral Ridge Ministries is taking heat, reported World Net Daily. The criticisms, coming from Darwinists on Pharyngula and from the Anti-Defamation League, are two-fold: (1) that it trivializes the Holocaust, because “Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people,” according to ADL Director Abraham Foxman, and (2) that it incorporated footage of Human Genome Project leader Dr. Francis Collins, who did not know his comments would be used in this connection when he was interviewed by Coral Ridge about his latest book. Collins told the ADL he was “appalled at what Coral Ridge is doing,” and finds the message of the film “misguided and inflammatory.”
Coral Ridge, led by TV minister Dr. D. James Kennedy, has responded to the attacks with calls for “more history and less hysteria.” A press release Coral Ridge Ministries responded to the criticisms from the ADL, citing secular experts, like Sir Arthur Keith and evolutionist Niles Eldredge, who have made clear links from evolutionary ideas to social Darwinism and Nazism. The film, scheduled for broadcast August 26–27, contains interviews by a number of leaders of the Intelligent Design movement, and by historian Richard Weikart (UC Stanislaus), author of From Darwin to Hitler.
Notice how the critics malign D. James Kennedy’s positive, honorable organization of citizens who care deeply about the direction of this country as “Christian supremacists” (an example of name-calling and association) designed to elicit images of the KKK. Nothing could be further from the truth. Kennedy, a learned and compassionate pastor who teaches the gospel of grace, believes that Christian principles gave this country its freedom and liberty for all people and wants a return to the founding principles of our forefathers. Kennedy’s campaign to reclaim America is as far from totalitarianism as a 9/11 rescuer is from a terrorist. Let’s keep the outrage where it belongs, at the materialistic ideologies that gave us the bloodiest century in the history of the world (see next entry).
Despite the rage at Pharyngula, the Darwinists cannot escape culpability. It’s not just Kennedy and Coral Ridge who make the claim that Hitler was a convinced Darwinist and believed he was acting out the principle of the survival of the fittest. Many secular historians have attributed a great deal of the blame for the genocidal totalitarian regimes of the 20th century to the rigorous application of Darwinian beliefs. Karl Marx felt himself a kindred spirit to Darwin as he formulated his materialistic version of “scientific socialism” to the class struggle in history; at his death, he was extolled as “The Darwin of Politics.” Lenin, Stalin and Hitler each expressed Darwinian beliefs in their writings (Stalin turned from divinity student to atheist upon reading The Origin of Species). These regimes rounded up clergymen for their gulags and death camps, and turned churches into museums of atheism. The blame extends from beginning to end, from international to personal. One of the Columbine killers, as he dispassionately gunned down his fellow high school students, wore a T-shirt emblazoned with “Natural Selection.”
If the ADL and today’s evolutionists want to really distance themselves from Hitler’s applied Darwinism, let’s hear two things: (1) a complete and utter repudiation of all social Darwinist and eugenics ideologies, including neo-eugenics (see 10/12/2001, 04/22/2004) and the views of Daniel Dennett and other leading Darwinists who justify killing on evolutionary principles, and (2) a rigorous explanation of how evolutionary theory promotes equal rights, justice, freedom, reason and sanctity of life instead of statism, survival of the fittest, determinism, mass population control and the glorification of death. Good luck. Neither the history nor the philosophy of evolutionism permit other than what has already been showcased to the world as the ugly fruit of an undirected, uncaused, purposeless world that values fitness and survival above all else. This world was envisioned by Charles Darwin and put into practice by his ardent disciples. Nearly 200 million souls cry from the grave in its aftermath. The Darwinists want to tiptoe around this fact in their sneakers, but the only shoe that fits is the jackboot.