Adnan Oktar is an author who for many years has undertaken the mission of telling society about the scientific invalidity of Darwinism and its social dimension, which is totally opposed to religious moral values. The author describes this mission as follows in the introduction to his “Social Weapon: Darwinism.”
“… the dangers of educating young people in the light of Darwinism and of the theory's wide acceptance will be shown to people unaware of, or who ignore, the threat that it poses to societies and individuals.”
The author has published a great many books, articles, documentaries and web sites all intended to reveal the extent of the danger to society of educating young people in the light of Darwinism. (1) The author’s works first spread through Turkey and then through the wider Islamic world, and he has now turned to telling Western society about the error that is Darwinism. The author has determined his strategy in the light of Darwinism having acquired a broad basis in which to spread in Western society in educational and cultural fields, and has thus written a work of unsurpassed quality in this area in order to illuminate Western societies in which that theory is so influential. In his Atlas of Creation, which contains thousands of illustrations, consists of some 700 pages and weighs approximately 7 kilograms, Mr. Oktar has again exposed the scientific invalidity of Darwinism, using the most concrete examples. In the Atlas of Creation, the author specially emphasizes the havoc Darwinism has wreaked on mankind, the most obvious manifestation of which he shows to have been the dependence on Darwinism in the slaughter perpetrated by a racist dictator such as Hitler, who caused the deaths of millions.
This giant book was sent out by its publisher free of charge, for publicity purposes, to eminent individuals in various European countries and in the USA. Western Darwinists who discovered this magnificent volume in their mailboxes, one that openly declares the scientific falsity of Darwinism, were stunned. The campaign frequently appeared in Western media headlines, which compared the situation to Darwinism being subjected to “a sudden attack” on its home ground. The author’s opposition to the one-sided teaching of Darwinism and his exposure of the link between Darwin and Hitler were frequently discussed in newspapers and on the television.
The entry into Western society by a Muslim author with a book that elicited such profound responses, set the scene for a new phase in the intellectual struggle against Darwinism. Many Western references underlined the fact that it was not only Christians who espoused the fact of Creation in their struggle against Darwinism, and that Adnan Oktar, who has published books on the subject all over the world, must be acknowledged as the leader of a very powerful movement.
It is inevitable in this new dawn that through Mr. Oktar the dangers of Darwinist education are now expressed much louder in the West and that many people will be encouraged to reconsider the whole subject, and that education policies will even be amended. The way that the subject entered the agenda in a letter written to one of the U.S. state of Florida’s educational institutions bears a striking parallel to the account given in Atlas of Creation. The letter, written to a school board in St. Petersburg, described Hitler’s dependence of Darwinism and expressed the view that it was therefore dangerous for students to be taught the theory of evolution as a supposed scientific fact.
Impact 1: Bill Foster's Letter
The letter in question entered the agenda with a report published in the 12 January, 2008, edition of the St. Petersburg Times titled “Foster links Darwin, Hitler.” The subject matter of the article was a letter written to the school board by Bill Foster, a former City Council member. In his letter, Foster noted the dangers inherent in the theory of evolution being taught as a scientific fact, and demanded that the compulsory teaching of Darwinism be prevented.
Foster described the reason for his opposition to the theory of evolution being taught as fact in these words:
"Evolution gives our kids an excuse to believe in natural selection and survival of the fittest, which leads to a belief that they are superior over the weak … This is a slippery slope."
Foster’s letter came on the eve of the state of Florida putting new science standards to the vote. These new standards regarded Charles Darwin’s theory as the pillar of modern biology. The science standards that had been in force in the state since 1996 made no reference to the word “evolution.” The state Board of Education was to vote on the issue on 19 February.
At the same time, Foster is one of the leading candidates in the elections for the post of St. Petersburg’s mayor, due to be held in 2009. In his letter, Foster goes on to stress the link between Hitler and Darwin:
“Adolf Hitler duped an entire generation using Darwin's evolution … He sought to preserve the 'favored' race in the struggle for survival."
(*) RON MATUS and DONNA WINCHESTER, "South Pinellas: Foster links Darwin, Hitler," 12 January 2008
Impact 2: School Killings Linked to Darwinism
In the letter in question, Foster cites the Columbine massacre as striking evidence of the harm resulting from the teaching of Darwinism as a scientific fact. That armed attack, carried out by two students in a school in Columbine, USA on 20 April, 1999, resulted in the deaths of 12 students and a teacher, with a further 23 students being injured. The two assailants later committed suicide. Foster stressed how one of the pair had posted the following words on his web site:
“You know what I love? Natural selection! It's the best thing that ever happened to the Earth. Getting rid of all the stupid and weak organisms.”
In the wake of the 1999 shooting, Tom DeLay, a member of the US House of Representatives, cited Darwin’s theory as a contributing factor and wrote in a letter that duly found its way into the Congressional Record that public schools “teach the children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some primordial soup of mud."
The Columbine massacre was no exceptional attack carried out by students holding Darwinist views. In Finland, Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who described himself as a social Darwinist, shot 8 people to death at the Jokela High School some 40 miles from Helsinki, before killing himself.
In a manifesto setting out his views, Auvinen used the following words, which clearly revealed the influence of Darwinist views in this massacre:
“I am prepared to fight and die for my cause. I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection. … No, the truth is that I am just an animal, a human, an individual, a dissident. … It’s time to put NATURAL SELECTION & SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST back on tracks!”
Impact 3: "Darwin's Deadly Legacy" on Show in the USA
The evangelical Christian group Coral Ridge Ministries, active in the state of Florida, produced a new TV special called “Darwin’s Deadly Legacy.” The film, aired on Christian cable networks and on some 200 TV stations in the country as a whole, described Adolf Hitler’s dependence on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution with regard to the Holocaust.
Fourteen scholars, scientists and authors contributed comments to the documentary, which was aired 26-27 August, 2007, during "Coral Ridge Hour." D. James Kennedy, the pastor of Coral Ridge Ministries, said: "To put it simply, no Darwin, no Hitler. Hitler tried to speed up evolution, to help it along, and millions suffered and died in unspeakable ways because of it." (2)
CRM spokesman John Aman said:
"Darwinism is a philosophy, it's a worldview, and one of the key things in it is that evolution advances by death, so death is a good thing. Hitler thought he was doing civilization a favor by eliminating lives that were not worth living. We of course think that is an egregious moral tragedy and a consequence of the worldview that was initiated by Darwin and popularized by his followers." (3)
The alliance between Darwin and Hitler resulted in a tragedy responsible for the deaths of some 40 million.
(1) Works on the subject by Harun Yahya include;
Social Weapon: Darwinism (Book)
The Disasters Darwinism Brought to Humanity (Book)
Fascism: The Bloody Ideology of Darwinism (Book)
The Intellectual Struggle against Darwinism (Book)
(2) "Coral Ridge Ministries new ‘documentary’ featuring Ann Coulter attributes Hitler to Charles Darwin," Bill Berkowitz, 6 September 2006, http://www.mediatransparency.org/storyprinterfriendly.php?storyID=146