In Ben Stein's recent box office splash and pro-intelligent design documentary, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," links between Darwinism and the genocidal policies of Adolf Hitler are probed and explored. That link, according to Coral Ridge Ministries, has been historically proven time and time again.
In 2006, Coral Ridge Ministries, one of the largest Christian media ministries in the nation, produced its own documentary on the subject titled, "Darwin's Deadly Legacy."
Jerry Newcombe, co-producer of the film, said "Expelled" brought up a fresh examination of the facts – namely that Darwinism, and later, through its racially charged forms of social Darwinism advocating the extermination of "inferior" races, provided Hitler with the springs to launch the most horrific genocide known to man.
"The ideas of Charles Darwin helped fuel the Nazi killing machine, which took the lives of some 10-15 million people," he said in a statement.
"Among German historians, there's really not much debate about whether or not Hitler was a social Darwinist. He clearly was drawing on Darwinian ideas. It drove pretty much everything that he did. It was not just a peripheral part of his ideology," commented Richard Weikart, author of From Darwin to Hitler and a featured guest on the Coral Ridge Ministries' television special.
Weikart added that Darwinism was extremely influential throughout German academia during the period and Hitler drew "on what many other scholars, biologists, and geneticists in Germany were preaching and teaching in the early twentieth century."
Coral Ridge Ministries also cited the words of their late founder and host of "Darwin's Deadly Legacy," Dr. D. James Kennedy, to illustrate their point about the enduring connection between Hitler and Darwinism.
"We have had nearly 150 years of the theory of Darwinian evolution. And what has it brought us – whether Darwin intended it or not? Millions of deaths, the destruction of those deemed 'inferior,' the devaluing of human life, and increasing hopelessness. Darwin's legacy has been deadly indeed," Kennedy said in 2006.
"Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" is a feature-length documentary film about researchers, professors, and academics who claim to have been marginalized, silenced, or threatened with academic expulsion because of their challenges to some or all parts of Darwin's theory of evolution.
A major part of the film also explores and traces the roots of Darwinism, and its relation to the genocidal policies of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and the major tyrants of the 20th century.
Since its release on April 18, the film has generated over $5.6 million, placing it among the most successful documentary films of all time.