By David Waters
Living Waters, an evangelical Creationist ministry fronted by former TV-sitcom star Kirk Cameron (“Growing Pains”), plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s “Origin of the Species” in November by handing out 100,000 free copies to college students across America.
If any students actually take the book and read it, they will find inside a special introduction that “exposes atheistic evolution’s many hoaxes and the unscientific belief that nothing created everything,” that links Darwin’s ideas to Hitler, and that “shares the gospel,” according to evangelist and Living Waters founder Ray Comfort, creator of the subterfuge.
At the risk of sounding like one of Spiro Agnew’s nattering nabobs of negativity, I’d guess that you couldn’t get 100,000 college students to read “Origin of the Species” if Megan Fox and Zac Efron were on campuses handing them out personally. Perhaps that’s one reason Cameron has taken his pitch to YouTube, with a video that’s even more deceptive than the book giveaway.
“Are you concerned about what’s happening to our country?” Cameron says.
I’m not sure. What’s happening, Kirk?
“One by one we’re being stripped of our God-given liberties.”
We’re being stripped one by one?
“Our kids can no longer pray in public.”
Actually, Kirk, our kids are free to pray anywhere they like, even in school. Have you read the First Amendment?
“They can no longer freely open a Bible in school.”
Actually, Kirk, they not only can open a Bible in school, they can pray while they are opening the Bible. Maybe you should read and hand out free copies of Religious Expression in Public Schools.
“The Ten Commandments are no longer allowed to be displayed in public places.”
Actually, Kirk, God’s Top Ten can be displayed in many public places, depending on the place and the display. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of a public display of the Ten Commandments last February.
“And the Gideons are not even allowed to give away Bibles in schools.”
True, Kirk, but they also can’t give away copies of the Qur’an, the Upanishads, the Bhagavhad Gita or any other religious book in our public schools.
Cameron goes on for six minutes, warning viewers of the mortal and eternal dangers of atheism, secularism and Darwinism.
I don’t question the sincerity of Cameron’s efforts to rescue us from Darwinism and eternal damnation. But why try to scare people into believing in God? Isn’t fear the opposite of faith? Couldn’t a group that calls itself “Living Waters” make a stronger case for Christ by handing out free bottles of water or loaves of bread on campus?
And if you want to challenge students to thoughtfully consider the cases for Evolution and Creation, as Cameron claims in the video, why not hand out free copies of Darwin’s unadulterated book and the Bible?
At the very least, and to be fair, give them Darwin’s book with your intro and the Bible with an intro written by Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens.