Posted by Hemant Mehta in General, Pseudoscience, Science on September 18th, 2009
I really don’t understand how Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron can claim to be Christians — can we assume they follow the Ten Commandments? — and then proceed to lie with every breath.
It’s not just their ignorance about evolution. I think they actually have deluded themselves into think it’s some evil conspiracy.
I’m talking about knowing, purposeful lies.
To “celebrate” the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Comfort is giving away 50,000 copies of the book at colleges across the country.
The catch is that he wrote a 50-page introduction that explains how evolution has no support, brainwashes people, and has a direct connection to Adolf Hitler.
Here’s the cover (we’ll get to the introduction in a moment):
See Comfort’s name on there?
That’s because he left it off. Why? He wants to dupe people into reading his version of the book and the only way to do that is to deceive people about what he’s offering.
(I’m waiting for some atheist to try that tactic — give away free books which say “Holy Bible” on the cover but contain the entire Skeptic’s Annotated Bible on the inside.)
Comfort/Cameron even made a promotional video for the ruse:
I count four lies from Cameron in the first 22 seconds.
He doesn’t even get the name of Darwin’s book right.
And, of course, there’s this line at the 4:30 mark:
“Remember: This is America. It’s still the land of the free, the home of the brave… and this is a life and death issue.”
Like the image shows, Comfort has posted his 50-page introduction online for all to read (PDF). I’m sure some 9th grader can parse through that and debunk everything.
I’ll take the easier way out and just direct everyone here.
How do we combat this?
Not by ignoring them. That’s what they want. We can do better.
… We can amass as many of these books as possible, remove the 50 page intro, and then donate perfectly good copies of ‘Origin of Species’ to schools, libraries, and Goodwill. We can actually make this into something positive.If you are in college, then you are in a good position to help. Check your campus on November 19th, and if you see a group distributing copies of the book, then get as many as you can. Get a copy for yourself, ask if you can have extra copies for your friends, ask your friends to go ask for copies, and ask other people you see carrying the book if you can have their copy.
That’s non-intrusive and helpful. I like it! That is, if these books actually include the whole of On the Origin of Species and not some Comfort-ified selectively-edited version of it.