Well I watched about half of the abominable D. James Kennedy special about Darwin and Hitler last night, about as much as I could stomach. It was every bit as bad as I imagined, perhaps even worse. The dishonesty absolutely leapt off the screen. At one point they present noted paleontological scholar Ann Coulter claiming that “all animal phyla” appeared in the Cambrian “in the blink of an eye” – yes, she actually said that. Apparently in Coulter’s world, 70 or 80 million years is “the blink of an eye”.
Most galling, I thought, was that they invoked Hitler’s book Mein Kampf as being laced with evolution, but in fact that book clearly shows that Hitler was a creationist (or at least that he used creationist arguments for his position). The full text of the book is available online and it’s not hard to find the evidence of this. To wit:
Everybody who has the right kind of feeling for his country is solemnly bound, each within his own
denomination, to see to it that he is not constantly talking about the Will of God merely from the lips but that in actual fact he fulfils the Will of God and does not allow God’s handiwork to be debased. For it was by the Will of God that men were made of a certain bodily shape, were given their natures and their faculties. Whoever destroys His work wages war against God’s Creation and God’s Will.
He explicitly says that we are made in the image of God (well, some of us, of course, by his reasoning):
And, further, they ought to be brought to realize that it is their bounden duty to give to the Almighty Creator beings such as He himself made to His own image.
He endorses the common creationist argument about change being fixed within a “kind”:
Walking about in the garden of Nature, most men have the self-conceit to think that they know everything; yet almost all are blind to one of the outstanding principles that Nature employs in her work. This principle may be called the inner isolation which characterizes each and every living species on this earth.
Even a superficial glance is sufficient to show that all the innumerable forms in which the life-urge of Nature manifests itself are subject to a fundamental law–one may call it an iron law of Nature–which compels the various species to keep within the definite limits of their own life-forms when propagating and multiplying their kind. Each animal mates only with one of its own species. The titmouse cohabits only with the titmouse, the finch with the finch, the stork with the stork, the field-mouse with the field-mouse, the house-mouse with the house-mouse, the wolf with the she-wolf, etc.
And to top it off, he says that humans did not evolve from apes:
From where do we get the right to believe, that from the very beginning Man was not what he is today? Looking at Nature tells us that in the realm of plants and animals changes and developments happen. But nowhere inside a kind shows such a development as the breadth of the jump, as Man must supposedly have made, if he has developed from an ape-like state to what he is today.
All of this, of course, is completely ignored by Kennedy and the others making this idiotic argument. Because it’s inconvenient and it contradicts their hypothesis. So they do the same thing with historical evidence that they do with scientific evidence, distort it and ignore all contrary evidence in order to make reality appear to be something other than it is.
Daniel Morgan has a post with links to all of the previous posts on this subject here and at other blogs.