Mike Seaver is out there pushing an absurd video attacking Charles Darwin:
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.
And, of course, Cameron resorts to the same silly arguments that every other creationist uses:
[The video slams] 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.”
Yes, folks Mike Seaver is all grown up now. He’s gone from being a guy best known for making weird noises with his armpits to a full-blown Evangelical nutcase.
Here’s the video:
And there’s also an earlier one where Cameron talks to a guy who claims that bananas disprove not only evolutionary theory, but everything we know about the formation of the universe.
And here’s one of the better counterarguments:
And the girl’s hotter too.