Lots of people in skeptical circles have linked to this, so many of you may have seen it already. Marvellous effort from Cristina in Romania, pointing out that not only is the latest attempt by American fundagelicals to demonise Darwin full of the usual ignorance of actual science, misrepresentations of science and outright falsehoods about Darwin and science, it’s full of double standards and blatant hypocrisy as well.
Synopsis of Fundagelical agenda (featuring 80s sitcom star Kirk Cameron!): the “Origin into Schools” project –
In a video posted recently to YouTube, Cameron lays out a plan to subvert ‘Darwin Day’ on November 22, 2009 — a date marking the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species.” Cameron says that he and like-minded activists plan to deliver 50,000 copies of an altered version of Darwin’s book to students at dozens of U.S. universities.
Cameron explains that this “very special” edition of the “Origin of Species” will include an introduction explaining “Adolf Hitler’s undeniable connection” to the theory of evolution, and highlighting “Darwin’s racism” and “his disdain for women.” Cameron’s edition also exposes the “many hoaxes” of evolutionary theory, while presenting a “balanced view of Creationism.
They are presenting this as a generous act, offering students “both sides” so that they can “make their own judgement”. As Cristina says, just how inoffensive would they find it atheists were giving out free copies of the Christian bible with a “special introduction” explaining Hitler’s undeniable connection to Christianity, how Christianity has been used to justify racist slavery and sexist subjugation of women, etc etc etc?
Liss has more, including a transcript of the Cameron/Comfort video.
Lots more at Scanners, (including lots of links to background stories and similar debunkings of the Cameron/Confort claims as in Cristina’s video), and you can download Ray Comfort’s 50-page new introduction to Origin here.