Criss from Romania tags Kirk and Ray...
Yes it's true Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort are involved in a project to destroy the The Origin Of Species. As Criss notes in the above video, Kirk is still arguing that there aren't any transitional fossils. If you recall in the Nightline debate against the Rational Response Squad, Kirk and Ray were told that every fossil ever found is a transitional fossil. In fact Kirk and Ray were invited to visit the the Hall of Human Origins courtesy of Brian Sapient and they never took him up on the offer. In fact after being schooled in that debate (and we do mean schooled, literally), they continued to parrot the same misinformation over and over. They never for a second stopped arguing the extremely inaccurate case that there are no transitional fossils... and they likely never will. And with good reason, they are liars who must lie to support their idealogical agenda in which they are making a fortune off of you.
It just so happens that Eugenie C. Scott has uncovered some more of the scandalous dishonesty from the Way of the Master team. Although she writes about it so pleasantly...
Unfortunately, it will be hard to thoroughly read the version that Comfort will be distributing on college campuses in November. The copy his publisher sent me is missing no fewer than four crucial chapters, as well as Darwin's introduction. Two of the omitted chapters, Chapters 11 and 12, showcase biogeography, some of Darwin's strongest evidence for evolution. Which is a better explanation for the distribution of plants and animals around the planet: common ancestry or special creation? Which better explains why island species are more similar to species on the mainland closest to them, rather than to more distant species that share a similar environment? The answer clearly is common ancestry. Today, scientists continue to develop the science of biogeography, confirming, refining, and extending Darwin's conclusions.
Likewise missing from Comfort's bowdlerized version of the Origin is Chapter 13, where Darwin explained how evolution makes sense of classification, morphology, and embryology. To take a simple example, why do all land vertebrates (amphibians, mammals, and reptiles and birds) have four limbs? Not because four limbs are necessarily a superior design for land locomotion: insects have six, arachnids have eight, and millipedes have, well, lots. It's because all land vertebrates descended with modification from a four-legged ("tetrapod") ancestor. Since Darwin's era, scientists have repeatedly confirmed that the more recently two species have shared a common ancestor, the more similar are their anatomy, their biochemistry, their embryology, and their genetics.
You can read her entire article How Creationist 'Origin' Distorts Darwin here.
Here is a letter previously written by one of our associates, sent to the National Center for Science Education:
I'm unsure if you're already aware of this or not, but the 'Way of the Master' organization has decided to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of The Origin of Species by distributing an altered version of the original work to students on various campus grounds *without* giving proper attribution of what is original in the book and what is not. You may hear the words right from the horse's own mouth right here.
Public domain or not, there' no way that this sort of perverse plagiarism and libel can possibly be legal. Do you know anything that can be done about this atrocious alteration of such a wonderful piece of work? I would love nothing more than to finally see Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort shelling-out lawsuit fees until they cry like the snake oil salesmen that they are, but I'm not a resident of the U.S. and do not know what legal channels I could possibly turn to.
This is simply a bridge too far. These recent antics deserve swift and terse consequences.
Thank you very much for reading this.
Kevin R Brown