Kirk Cameron defends anti-Darwin stance

Kirk Cameron defends anti-Darwin stance

Former ‘Growing Pains’ actor links evolution to Nazi eugenics


He’s used to getting love letters and high-fives as a former teen heartthrob, but onetime “Growing Pains” actor Kirk Cameron isn’t letting the mockery and criticism dissuade him from promoting his controversial project to dispute evolutionary theory.

“Atheism has been on the rise for years now, and the Bible of the atheists is ‘The Origin of Species,’” Cameron tells PEOPLE. “We have a situation in our country where young people are entering college with a belief in God and exiting with that faith being stripped and shredded. What we want to do is have student make an informed, educated decision before they chuck their faith.”

So what is the plan that Cameron, 38, has hatched to supposedly save the souls of freshmen around the country?

He and other creationists have created thousands of editions of Charles Darwin’s landmark work explaining evolutionary theory, with a 50-page introduction that picks apart aspects of Darwin’s work and try to link it to everything from Nazi eugenics to the scientist’s alleged “disdain for women.”

On Nov. 19, three days before the 150th anniversary of the original publication of “Origin of Species,” Cameron and other religious activists will distribute their books at “the top 50” universities around the country.

An online video of Cameron describing his theory — and his controversial beliefs — has been circulated wildly across the Internet, where it has also inspired many, many counterarguments and spoof videos.

But then, speaking out about his faith is nothing new for Cameron, who has been doing it since finding God 20 years ago during the height of his fame as wise-cracking Mike Seaver on the long-running ABC sitcom “Growing Pains.” Cameron has made a cottage industry out of starring in films that cater to evangelicals, such as the “Left Behind” series and “Fireproof.”

Fiery reactions
But never has he ruffled so many feathers, especially among academics, as he has this week, slamming evolutionary theory as untrue, inherently un-Christian and the driving force behind some of the most horrendous catastrophes of the 20th century, including Adolf Hitler’s plan to destroy “inferior races.”

“You can see where (Hitler) clearly takes Darwin’s ideas to some of their logical conclusions and compares certain races of people to lower evolutionary life forms,” Cameron says. “If you take Darwin’s theory and extend it to its logical end, it can be used to justify all number of very horrendous things.”

But academics dismiss such arguments as ludicrous.

“This has been refuted many, many times. The anti-evolutionist fearmongers have to link Darwin to every perceived evil from mankind,” says Kevin Padian, professor of paleontology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Berkeley. “The two kinds people who believe that religion and evolution can not coexist are extreme atheists and extreme religious fundamentalists. Everyone else doesn’t really have a problem. (A majority) of Americans believe that a belief in god is compatible with evolution.”

Cameron, who lives outside of Los Angeles with his wife of 20 years, Chelsea Noble, and their six children, realizes that he is making himself a target by being so outspoken, but is willing to do so for a cause that he believes so strongly in.

“I am proud to bring this to people’s attention,” he says. “You see things in the world that are truly distressing and you think, ‘What can I do?’ Well this is something I can do.”

And if his own kids ended up believing in evolution? “Could I accept it? Yeah sure,” he says. “I accepted a lot of things that are not true before I was able to sit down and listen to more than one side and think things through the issues. I would sit them down and tell them that I was happy that they were thinking about this stuff, now let’s look at all of the information and see if we don’t come to a better conclusion. If after that, they still come to the same conclusion, so be it.”


URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33010755/

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Comment by Stefftastic on September 25, 2009 at 5:38am
That is such bullshit. He says "so be it" because he's in the spotlight, but he's saying that extremism is the "better conclusion" so he'd obviously do more than sit the kid down and "look at all the information." He'd preach to the kid endlessly.. I mean, we can watch his video once and walk away, but the kid would be hounded to abandon evolution- that is, if they ever got the chance to believe ANYTHING other that extreme Christianity.
Comment by Reggie on September 25, 2009 at 8:14am
“I accepted a lot of things that are not true before I was able to sit down and listen to more than one side and think things through the issues.

Except nowadays he doesn't listen to the other side, or else he would know his assertions are utter crap.

says Kevin Padian, professor of paleontology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Berkeley. “The two kinds people who believe that religion and evolution can not coexist are extreme atheists and extreme religious fundamentalists. Everyone else doesn’t really have a problem. (A majority) of Americans believe that a belief in god is compatible with evolution.”

Well, sure evolution can co-exist with religion. As long as Christians do not follow their holy book as if it were the gospel, then they'll get along fine. Read a more literal view like Cameron? Well, then there are problems. So I'm not sure what this professor of paleontology is talking about. He seems to offer up that as long as people host a cognitive dissonance about the matter, then they both can co-exist. Well, no shit, Sherlock.
Comment by Gaytor on September 25, 2009 at 11:09am
He's so focused on Evolution and attacking it. Why doesn't he attack Geology, Astronomy, Physics, and other sciences that when compared to his literalist reading don't mesh with the existence of God? He and Ray Comfort were handled on TV by Atheists at least one time. All of these points were addressed. So let's talk to him about the Doppler Effect on light and how that establishes the universe as 13.7 billion years old. Let's talk about the geology of Pangea, The Grand Canyon, Sedona, Mt Everest and other Old Earth certainties. Fine, you reject the logic of Evolution. What about these other points Mr. Cameron? It's not just evolution that converts students, it's the whole of education which points to causations not possible with the groundwork laid out by your Bible.
Comment by Reggie on September 25, 2009 at 11:22am
Well, Gaytor, isn't denying all science the domain of the Ken Hamm's and Kent Hovind's of the world? Well, denying it unless they think it supports their claims, that is.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on September 26, 2009 at 9:16am
@Reggie.
If these guys were following their holy book as gospel, we'd have way more problems than rejection evolution and all the medical findings that go with it.
We'd be stoning anyone that works on the sabbath (Including EMT workers, Doctors, ect.)
Divorce would be impossible. Domestic abuse would be acceptable, and child killings would be just fine. Selling our daughters into slavery would pay off credit debt, and I'd totally have a Canadian slave.
Cotton/polyester blends, shellfish and pork would be an abomination...killing gays would be a necessity.........
Well, the list goes on and on.
Comment by Prazzie on September 26, 2009 at 9:36am
“Atheism has been on the rise for years now, and the Bible of the atheists is ‘The Origin of Species,’” Cameron tells PEOPLE. “We have a situation in our country where young people are entering college with a belief in God and exiting with that faith being stripped and shredded. What we want to do is have student make an informed, educated decision before they chuck their faith.”

Wikipedia tells me that Kirk Cameron started acting at the age of nine and he "went to school on the set of Growing Pains, as opposed to a normal school."

What qualifies him to attempt to inform and educate people who, with a tertiary education, are already one step ahead? If he really thinks Origin is the atheist Bible, the extent of his ignorance stretches beyond what you would expect from a literate person.
Comment by Reggie on September 26, 2009 at 10:39am
@ Misty - Oh, I agree. Thanks goodness for modernity! It is concrete proof that Christians do not derive their morals from the Bible. Most today would find them sickening.

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