The Worldnutdaily actually has an article up responding to PZ Myers’ criticism of D. James Kennedy’s ridiculous TV show claiming that Darwin led to Hitler. PZ had initially reacted to the involvement of Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project and a staunch defender of evolution (and a committed Christian), in the show. Kennedy has promoted Collins’ involvement to gain credibility from his credentials. But Burt Humburg contacted Collins about it and Collins was furious at being misused. He stated that he had granted an interview with Kennedy’s group, but he thought it was supposed to be about his book, not part of this Darwin/Hitler nonsense. He said that he was absolutely opposed to their claims in this regard and was taking steps to have his name and footage removed from it. When PZ saw that email, he apologized to Collins and was happy to see he hadn’t lost his mind.
There is a good deal of utter nonsense in the Worldnutdaily article, not the least of which is the silly subtitle “Bloggers try to discredit experts on evolution’s connection to bloodshed.” Among the “experts” cited in the program are such luminaries as Ann Coulter, for crying out loud. And this statement:
He (Francis Collins) calls evolution a “compelling” theory that never can be proven.
In fact, Collins has made it clear that he believes that evolutionary theory is as proven as any scientific theory can ever be, and that it is beyond all reasonable doubt. His new book in fact offers numerous lines of evidence that confirm common descent as the only reasonable explanation for the history of life on earth. And this one:
The program, according to producer Jerry Newcomb, is about the social effects of Darwinism, and the bloodshed that can be attributed to those beliefs. He said before Darwin, the basic concept was that man was made in the image of God, and was therefore valuable. But Darwin changed all that.
Well of course, because before Darwin everyone was considered valuable and there was no bloodshed. The inquisition happened because, before Darwin, everyone was “valuable”. The Israelites slaughtered all the Midianites other than the virgin females because everyone was valuable (but clearly, virgin women are more valuable yet). Do we really want to add up all the bloodshed that was committed at the alleged direct command of this God who, according to them, taught that everyone was valuable? This is sheer idiocy and ignorance, folks. That’s all it is.