Like the Worldnutdaily, Agape Press has been frantically trying to defend D. James Kennedy’s absurd documentary claiming that Darwin led directly to Hitler. Their latest attempt has the producer of the documentary, Jerry Newcombe, trying to defend it. Predictably, he falls flat on his face in the attempt.
The documentary’s producer, Jerry Newcombe, says it is important for Christians in particular to understand the social impact of Darwin’s theory. “”Ideas have consequences,” he explains, “and evolution lays at the root of so many different factors of our culture. We deal with some of those in the special, such as the school violence and the hopelessness among some young people today.”
I love this argument that violence in schools and violence in society in general are to be blamed on evolution. Survey after survey around the world shows that the United States has the lowest acceptance of evolutionary theory in the western industrialized world by a huge margin and the highest degree of religious belief by a huge margin. Yet it is the United States that leads the way in violent crimes, again by a very large margin, and where events like Columbine take place most frequently.
If there were any correlation between lack of religious belief or acceptance of evolution and such things, we should see them happen far more often in Europe, Canada, Japan and our other allies than we do here. Iceland, Denmark, and Sweden, for example, show rates of acceptance of the validity of evolution over 80%. Japan is at 78%. That’s double the number of Americans who accept evolution. Why, then, do all of those nations have rates of violent crime many times lower than us? If evolution is to blame for such things, the evidence is impossible to explain.
And taking the realm of contemporary law and policy as another example, Newcombe notes, “Right now we’re in a fight, in a battle over the judiciary. Even in the Supreme Court itself, you have a conflict between those who believe and accept unguided evolution versus those who believe in God.”
This is an absolutely bizarre statement. How on earth does Newcombe know which judges believe in “unguided evolution” and which ones believe in God? The only possible cases where it would even come up are generally presided over by judges who do, in fact, believe in God. Judge Jones, who presided over the Dover trial, is a Christian just like Newcombe is, and a conservative Republican to boot. I would love to see what actual evidence Newcombe has for the religious and/or scientific beliefs of anyone on the Supreme Court. There are only two sitting justices who have ever dealt with an evolution case (Scalia and Stevens), and while we know that Scalia is a conservative Catholic, we don’t have any idea what Stevens thinks about evolution. Newcombe is simply talking out his posterior.
Darwin’s Deadly Legacy even connects evolutionary theory to Adolph Hitler’s policies during his Third Reich. The documentary makes the case that the Holocaust can be linked to efforts by the German dictator to speed up the evolutionary process, as he understood it.
Here’s what absolutely jumps out at me: in all of the defenses that have been writen of this program over the last week, including statements directly from Kennedy and Newcombe, not a single one of them has even mentioned the hundreds of statements from Hitler tying the final solution directly to Christianity. I’ve listed many of them, as have others. They are widely available all over the web and in any number of scholarly books and articles on the Nazi ideology, yet these people pretend as though they do not exist.
It’s perfectly obvious why that is, of course; they cannot admit they exist without completely undermining the propaganda they are putting out. Even if one does not take the position that Christianity is to blame for Hitler (and that is my position), the fact that Hitler repeatedly and explicitly justified his plans by reference to Christian history and theology proves, at the very least, that Hitler used whatever ideological means he had at his disposal to defend and justify his actions. And that clearly undermines the argument that Darwinism led to Hitler and supports instead the idea that Hitler simply used scientific language when speaking to one audience and religious language when speaking to another. But Newcombe and Kennedy have to cover all of that up in order to protect their propaganda piece from the facts that obviously destroy the logic of their argument.