Saturday, 3 October 2009

Shock: Kirk Cameron Promotes Darwin

Has ex-teen-idol-turned-evangelist Kirk Cameron gone mad?

He and his fellow Christians are going to hand out free copies of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species!

The stupid burns brightly in this one. I’ve picked out a few choice sections just in case you can’t be bothered watching the whole thing.

Kirk starts with a lament about the loss of religious freedom.

Our kids can no longer pray in public. They can no longer freely open a bible in school. The ten commandments are no longer allowed to be displayed in public places, and the Gideons are not even allowed to give away bibles in schools.

You’ve gotta love the way he comes bursting out of the gate with four out-and-out lies in the first 22 seconds

Kirk, take it from me. Your kids can pray in public all they like. They can read their bibles in school if they want to. You are free to display the ten commandments on public property (just not government property), and the Gideons have only been stopped from distributing bibles in public schools during class time … because that’s, you know, unconstitutional. Remember your precious Constitution?

Kirk continues:

Did you know that a recent study revealed that in the top 50 universities in our country in the fields of psychology and biology, 61% of the professors described themselves as atheists or agnostics.

Obviously including academics from other fields would have reduced the number to something less shocking. But still … only 61%? That’s not that much.

You have to love his next piece of logic, though.

No wonder atheism has doubled in the last 20 years among 19 to 25 year-olds.

That’s right, because 50% of the 19 to 25-year-olds now professing atheism attended the 61% of psychology and biology classes taught by atheists and agnostics. And that’s what turned them.

Then we get to the point. Kirk lays out his plan to distribute 50,000 copies of On the Origin of Species at these universities … featuring an all-new introduction by his friend Ray Comfort The Banana Guy!

Apparently this introduction will give the reader …

… the history of evolution, a timeline of Darwin's life, Adolf Hitler's undeniable connection with the theory, Darwin's racism, his disdain for women, and Darwin's thoughts on the existence of God.

Wow. I really hope I can get a copy. It should be hilarious.

Presumably the Hitler thing has been put in for shock value, but the bits about racism and disdain for women particularly tickled me. Is Kirk unaware of his church’s stellar record in these areas?

It also lists the theory's many hoaxes. It exposes the unscientific belief that nothing created everything. It points to the incredible structure of DNA, and the absence of any species-to-species transitional forms actually found in the fossil record.

I can guess what the hoaxes will be. Comfort will trot out Piltdown man and Archaeoraptor, all the while ignoring the fact that these have no bearing on modern evolutionary theory and besides, were exposed as hoaxes by scientists, not creationists.

The remark that “nothing created everything” means Kirk ignorantly conflates “Big Bang” Theory with evolutionary biology (while misunderstanding both) and his claim of no transitional forms betrays the fact that he’s never read past his mate Ray’s 50-page introduction.

Before signing off Kirk gives a rallying cry to the faithful.

Go there as a team and get the gospel into the hands of this generation, the hands of future doctors, lawyers and politicians.

Hang on. Doctors, lawyers and politicians? I thought Kirk was worried about the biologists and psychologists. So why them? It must be important. He lists them twice.

Surely this isn’t just a thinly-veiled promotion of evangelical Christian politics? An attempt to get converts who can influence the issues of abortion, liberal court appointments and church/state separation?

Say it ain’t so!


Paul Emerson Teusner said...

Hey mate,

Thanks for adding your humour in this post. If I didn't laugh I think I would cry.

Lamentably, the Darwin-Hitler link is not there just for shock value. It is quite an old (at least twenty years or so) invention of American wowsers, that has been around just long enough for some people to regard it as a premise for the necessary link between evolution and social darwinianism. You'll find it a lot of places, not just in the Tim LaHaye section of right-wing fundamentalism.

Rob said...

I have been on quite the youtube spiral after this post. Checked out the banana post, and some other videos with Ray Comfort. Interesting stuff. (couldn't help but watch the peanut butter video again. The logic is, you must admit, impeccable.

Also I am amazed that Kirk Cameron is only 4 years older than me (it really was a thorough spiral that even took me away from youtube and back again). He was always my big brother in Growing Pains, but apparently not as old as either of my actual big brothers. His official website, by the way, has the growing pains music start up almost before the site finishes loading. Snazzy.

catherineLd said...

“There’s nothing to fear…” i beg to differ Kirk. You scare me!

Spanish Inquisitor said...

It kinda leaves you wondering why a TV star of lessor importance (the last probably being the key, here) would hitch his star to such total stupidity? Doesn't he realize he's now the laughing stock of his profession? Or is he making more money being a shill for willful ignorance than he can in his profession?

Efrique said...

Hi. As soon as I saw the name of your blog announced by mojoey, I figured you had to be another Aussie.

Matt said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Efrique and Spanish Inquisitor, welcome! And yes Efrique, sadly portello seems to be purely an Australian phenomenon.

Hi Catherine. Yes, he is scary. Although not nearly as scary as Comfort's moustache.

Hi Rob. I love that peanut butter video. It beautifully illustrates their simplistic thinking so much more effectively than calling them idiots.

Finally Paul, thanks for your kind words! And yeah, you're right about the Hitler thing. Wishful thinking on my part, I suppose.