Recently, televangelist D. James Kennedy has been soliciting donations for his forthcoming documentary which he says will expose the “harmful effects that evolution is still having on our nation, our children, and our world.” Whether he means evolutionary effects like the opposable thumb or he is alluding to some kind of social decay caused by learning about the scientific theory, he intends to take back “entire public school system of America.”
A new pamphlet from his Center for Reclaiming America for Christ offers a preview of Kennedy’s “harmful effects” approach. The pamphlet quotes from Mein Kampf and makes the connection: “Sounds eerily similar to Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest!’” According to Kennedy,
The great lesson of the Holocaust is what happens when man tries to decide who should live and who should die, when man tries to ‘clean up the gene pool’ from those viewed as undesirable. To put it simply, no Darwin, no Hitler. …
We have had 150 years of the theory of Darwinian evolution, and what has it brought us? Whether Darwin intended it or not, millions of deaths, the destruction of those deemed inferior, the devaluing of human life, increasing hopelessness; Darwin’s theory has been deadly, indeed. … The time has come to recognize that evolution is a bad idea and should be, frankly, discarded into the dustbin of history.