Ray Comfort: Darwin and Hitler

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Here we go again — the blaring sirens and flashing lights of our Retard-o-tron™, the blinking letters of the wall display that say WorldNetDaily (described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page), and our computer already linked to an article by Ray Comfort, best known for his starring role in Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”.

Comfort’s new article is Can you prove creation has a Creator? Above the headline is this banner: “ATHEISTS ASK.” The column deals with questions Comfort claims he receives. Today he answers four questions, but we’ll only deal with two of them. This is how it begins, with bold font added by us for emphasis. Someone allegedly wrote to Comfort and asked this question:

I can prove a painting has a painter. Can you prove ‘creation’ has a “creator”?

Good question! But Ray Comfort shows that his creationist brain is equal to the challenge. He says:

Why would anyone try and prove that a painting had a painter? It is axiomatic. Even a child knows that a painting couldn’t paint itself. It is for that reason we don’t need to try and prove that creation had a Creator. Every human being knows intuitively that the Creator is evident because of creation.

That’s it. You’ve just read the entirety of his answer. Nothing more needs to be said. If you’re not convinced, then you’re a fool! Let’s get to the next question:

Hitler banned Darwinian evolution! Hitler banned ‘The Origin of Species’! Please learn actual history! It’s important.

Another good question. It’s about the common creationist lie that Hitler was Darwin’s intellectual heir. We covered the topic here: Hitler and Darwin, and we supplemented that later by pointing out that although Hitler never even mentioned Darwin, Churchill actually read Origin of Species. Here’s how Comfort deals with the topic:

In his book “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler said, “If Nature does not wish that weaker individuals should mate with the stronger, she wishes even less that a superior race should intermingle with an inferior one.”

Maybe that’s an accurate quote, but it has nothing to do with anything Darwin said. Mein Kampf mentions a great number of people that Hitler admired. Somehow Darwin didn’t make the list. Comfort’s answer continues:

Here is his [Hitler’s] list of the fittest to survive: Nordic – close to pure Aryan; Germanic – predominantly Aryan; Mediterranean – slightly Aryan; Slavic – close to half-Aryan, half-ape; Oriental – slight ape preponderance; Black African – predominantly ape; Jewish (fiendish skull) – close to pure ape.

That has absolutely nothing to do with Darwin’s work. Here’s the rest of Comfort’s answer:

It doesn’t appear that in his own thinking he “abandoned” Darwinian evolution.

Aaaargh!! But what else did we expect? Comfort knows even less about evolution than Hitler did. Hey, Ray: Did you know that Jack the Ripper was a creationist? Of course he was! We have just as much proof for that as you do for your claims about Hitler being influenced by Darwin.

We’ll skip the last two questions — they’re about sin and forgiveness. If you’re a Ray Comfort fan, click over there to read what he has to say. We have to quit here so we can re-set the Retard-o-tron™. Comfort’s article sent all the dials zooming to “Maximum.” If it finds something else out there before we re-set it, the thing will blow itself up.

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12 responses to “Ray Comfort: Darwin and Hitler

  1. anevilmeme

    Ray is getting more and more delusional, soon he will reach that Poe’s Law event horizon where he won’t matter if he publishes his blather at WND or the Onion.

  2. Ceteris Paribus

    Hitler says: ““If Nature does not wish that weaker individuals should mate with the stronger, she wishes even less that a superior race should intermingle with an inferior one.”

    Wishes – smishes. Ray and Adolph probably were never invited to any keggers where the Kappa Delta frat boys were quite willing to mate with anything that couldn’t out run them.

  3. Hitler’s Table Talk, July 25, l942: ‘From where do we get the right to believe, that from the very beginning Man was not what he is today? Looking at Nature tells us, that in the realm of plants and animals changes and developments happen. But nowhere inside a kind shows such a development as the breadth of the jump, as Man must supposedly have made, if he has developed from an ape-like state to what he is today.’

    See also Wikipedia AH religious views: for multiple religious statements by AH, including this gem:

    “Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith.”

  4. Paul Braterman quotes Hitler’s Table Talk:

    From where do we get the right to believe, that from the very beginning Man was not what he is today?

    You mean — gasp! — Hitler wasn’t a Darwinist?

  5. Not only that, the Nazis burned “Schriften weltanschaulichen und lebenskundlichen Charakters, deren Inhalt die falsche naturwissenschaftliche Aufkl�rung eines primitiven Darwinismus und Monismus ist (H�ckel).” [Writings of a philosophical and social nature whose content deals with the false scientific enlightenment of primitive Darwinism and Monism (H�ckel).]


  6. Re Paul Braterman
    Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) was a German evolutionary biologist who mixed biological evolution with materialism. Besides supporting Darwin’s views on central role natural selection and the absence of cosmic guidance in evolution, Haeckel subscribed to Monism, a type of pantheism that interpreted so-called spiritual qualities as poorly understood aspects of matter and energy.
    The guardians of Nazi ideology despised Haeckel’s and Darwin’s “primitive evolution” because it contradicted their racist doctrine that peoples were created distinct, and different in essence, by a teleological (spiritual) force and that Natural Law (as defined by Nazi pseudo-science) provided transcendentally authorized standards for public policy. Nazism can be seen as the implementation of a fallacious ‘appeal to nature,’ an imagined nature conjured from their perversely distorted world view.

  7. If there were anything about the acceptance of evolution that leads to those social/political movements of the early 20th century, it would have been about evolution within “mankind”. Nothing about “macro”evolution. Only microevolution, evolution within the “kind”.

    And, of course, many of the creationists of various stripes – from YECs to IDs – insist on telling us that they fully accept microevolution. There is full-blown meme about “baraminology”.

    So, if there were any connection between evolution and evil consequences, creationism would not have a claim to innocence in that regard. There is no such connection, so I am not making such a vicious charge against the creationists.

    I’d also point out that eugenics and things like so-called “social darwinism” are often based on the idea that things left on their own would tend to deteriorate, so that “natural selection” has to be augmented by purposeful action – one might might say that “intelligent design” is needed in order to preserve or improve things. Of course, the whole thing is garbage, so that doesn’t mean anything. But if the creationists try to bring up the issue, they have to explain why they are not even more tainted by the manufactured association than are the scientists.

  8. And FWIW the heyday of eugenics in the first quarter of the last century coincided with the “eclipse of Darwinism”. But mere accuracy has nothing to do with the creationists’ arguments anyway.

  9. Page 562 of Ralph Manheim’s translation of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf: “For God’s will gave men their form, their essence, and their abilities. Anyone who destroys His work is declaring war on the Lord’s creation, the divine will.”

    Take from that what you will, but in my opinion, whether or not Hitler was a practicing Catholic, he was definitely a creationist.

  10. If Ray had never started working with Kirk Cameron would we even know who he is? I’m just curious was he on the scene before they joined forces?

  11. Whether or not Hitler was a Christian or a creationist, what about the people who supported him and actually did the dirty work?

  12. waldteufel

    Good point, Tom. Most of them were Lutherans or Catholics, and all of them wore belt buckles with “Gott mit uns” on them.