Anyone familiar with D. James Kennedy, leader of Coral Ridge Ministries, knows that he is one of the vilest ignorance peddlers in the business. When I lived in Kansas I listened frequently to his sermons on the local Christian radio station. He managed to stand out even on a station where lies and ignorance were the norm.
So it is no surprise that they would put together a documentary called “Darwin’s Deadly Legacy,” alledging among other things that Hitler was an evolutionist, and that this in some way shaped his political views.
Of course, the idea is ridiculous on its face. It’s not as if the Final Solution was the end result of a ratiocinative process that started with Darwin.
The fact is that Hitler made quite a number of statements hostile towards atheists and supportive of Christianity. Using Kennedy’s standards of evidence, I could far more plausibly argue that Hitler was motivated by Christianity. But that would be ridiculous as well. The simple fact is that there is no legitimate scientific theory or mainstream relligious view that leads in any rational manner to the rightness of slaughtering Jews and other undesirables (no comments about Islamofascism, please). Whatever bits of science, religion and philosophy came together in Hitler’s brain were perverted by him to justify his predetermined conclusions. Surely that’s obvious.
The Anti-Defamation League made the crucial point in this press release, condemning the documentary:
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement: “This is an outrageous and shoddy attempt by D. James Kennedy to trivialize the horrors of the Holocaust. Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people. Trivializing the Holocaust comes from either ignorance at best or, at worst, a mendacious attempt to score political points in the culture war on the backs of six million Jewish victims and others who died at the hands of the Nazis.”