Bill Berkowitz has an excellent review of the absurd documentary being distributed by the D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries and the Worldnutdaily, Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. Drawing on such noted historians as Ann Coulter, the thesis of this documentary is simple:
In a statement, Kennedy said: “To put it simply, no Darwin, no Hitler. Hitler tried to speed up evolution, to help it along, and millions suffered and died in unspeakable ways because of it.”
As I documented here, one can just as easily trace Hitler’s final solution to the long history of Christian anti-semitism, particularly from Martin Luther, Germany’s own favorite son. Luther famously authored a little book called On the Jews and Their Lies, which contained such loving statements as this:
What then shall we Christians do with this damned, rejected race of Jews? Since they live among us and we know about their lying and blasphemy and cursing, we can not tolerate them if we do not wish to share in their lies, curses, and blasphemy. In this way we cannot quench the inextinguishable fire of divine rage nor convert the Jews. We must prayerfully and reverentially practice a merciful severity. Perhaps we may save a few from the fire and flames [of hell]. We must not seek vengeance. They are surely being punished a thousand times more than we might wish them. Let me give you my honest advice.
First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians, and that we have not wittingly tolerated or approved of such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of His Son and His Christians.
Secondly, their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed. For they perpetrate the same things there that they do in their synagogues. For this reason they ought to be put under one roof or in a stable, like gypsies, in order that they may realize that they are not masters in our land, as they boast, but miserable captives, as they complain of incessantly before God with bitter wailing.
Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer-books and Talmuds in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught.
Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under threat of death to teach any more…
Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to the Jews. For they have no business in the rural districts since they are not nobles, nor officials, nor merchants, nor the like. Let them stay at home…If you princes and nobles do not close the road legally to such exploiters, then some troop ought to ride against them, for they will learn from this pamphlet what the Jews are and how to handle them and that they ought not to be protected. You ought not, you cannot protect them, unless in the eyes of God you want to share all their abomination…
To sum up, dear princes and nobles who have Jews in your domains, if this advice of mine does not suit you, then find a better one so that you and we may all be free of this insufferable devilish burden – the Jews…
Then there are the many statements by Hitler himself justifying his vile policies by reference to Christianity. Hitler was a propagandist, a man who used any and every possible rhetorical device at his disposal to manipulate whatever audience he was speaking to. The fact that none of the “Darwin to Hitler” advocates ever bother to deal with the innumerable times Hitler invoked Christianity in defense of his attacks on Jews shows that they aren’t really interested in anything like an objective historical study; they are interested only in demonizing evolution, by any means necessary.