Right-wingers do not like evolution; they’d rather think they came from a pile of dirt God sneezed into (bless you?). As a result of this, they craft all sorts of wild and absurd stories in failed attempts to disprove evolution.
The more cerebral of them will try to tie evolution to the Nazis, claiming it spurred the Holocaust — while ignoring the Nazis weren’t the biggest fans of Darwin.
The less cerebral of them, however, go right for the Devil — as Ben Carson demonstrated during a 2011 speech about creationism verses evolution.
The Devil made him do it
While speaking on the “flaws in evolutionary theory,” Carson said that Darwin was influenced by “the adversary,” a literal translation of Satan’s name:
According to the creation model, in which we have an adversary, it’s very easy to explain why people act that way. It’s because they have choice and because there is an adversary out there.
He went on to accuse evolution of somehow being “politically correct,” confirming my suspicion that conservatives don’t speak English, they just string scare words together in a sentence and hope something sticks:
I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary and it has become what is scientifically politically correct.
Political correctness exists as a concept today courtesy of the Daily Fail, a conservative British tabloid that ran with the “political correctness gone wild” trope in the early 90s. Before that, in the 1970s, the it was used as an in-joke by liberal professors, and before that, it was used to describe dogmatic application of Stalin’s principles.
I’m sure Darwin was concerned with what Stalin would think, especially since Stalin wasn’t anymore a fan of Darwin than the Nazis were.
This isn’t the first time Carson has said something stupid about established science: during a 2012 debate, he called Big Bang theory “fairy tales” pushed by “highfalutin scientists” who apparently observe data and record it rather than making it up as they go based on a book many centuries old.
Watch Carson’s ridiculous comments about evolution:
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