PETERSBURG, Kentucky -- Looking to boost the theory of evolution, Darwinists have declared 2009 the Year of Darwin. They are using the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and 150th anniversary of his work, The Origin of Species, to nail down once and for all that his theory -- and his alone -- should be accepted as fact.
Biologist Jonathan Wells, an intelligent design advocate, said, "The people who are promoting Darwin Day right now are the humanist and atheist organizations. Some atheists have suggested Darwin Day be established as a secular alternative to Christmas."
But what's disturbing many creationists like those here at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, is not how hard Darwinists are pushing for acceptance of their theories, but how actively those Darwinists are trying to rip down those who believe in a Creator.
Ken Ham founded the Creation Museum, which along with many dinosaurs and fossils, has whole exhibits poking holes in Darwin's theories. Ham told CBN News, "We see the secularists really coming against those who have any belief in not just Christianity, but just a belief in an intelligence behind the universe, a belief in God. They don't even care what God you believe in. You can't believe in any God."
Wells explained that hard line is spreading to the classroom. "Teachers at the high school level and at universities, scientists who dare to challenge Darwin's theory, find themselves ostracized, their character is assassinated, they sometimes lose their jobs, they lose their funding. This is very serious professionally."
Ham added, "And they'll be fired from their positions. They will not be allowed to be in certain academic institutions."
Ben Stein's documentary "Expelled" documents some of these cases, such as that of astronomy professor Guillermo Gonzalez who argued in one book the universe is intelligently-designed. Stein's narration in the film said of Gonzalez, "Despite a stellar research record that has led to the discovery of several planets, his application for tenure was denied, putting his career in jeopardy."
Gonzalez's superiors at Iowa State University said he "did not show the trajectory of excellence that we expect," which Gonzalez says his record clearly shows wasn't true. In "Expelled," he warned his colleagues, "If they value their careers, they should keep quiet about their intelligent design views."
Darwinists even accuse their opponents, like those at the Creation Museum, of a form of child abuse. Ham said, "We can see them already indoctrinating the public that people like us, we're mentally abusing children, and this is bad for them, and this is bad socially for them, and that we're indoctrinating them in a particular way."
In Stein's "Expelled," he runs back-to-back Darwinist after Darwinist lashing out at teaching students intelligent design. A sample: "To present intelligent design stunts their educational growth. It stunts their intellectual growth." "Intelligent design people are not genuine scientists." "Intelligent design is a racket." "It's just propaganda." "It's really very stupid as well." "Intelligent design is a set of excuses to squeeze creationism into the classroom." "Get intelligent design into the schools today and you can have school prayers tomorrow."
And so the Darwinists seek to squash their opponents. Wells stated, "This is exactly what happened under Marxism. Once it's in power, dissent is suppressed."
Ham said of hard-core Darwinists, "They're already laying the foundation to persecute Christians."
The Creation Museum founder recently talked with a young man who wanted to go to medical school. "One of the questions they asked him was 'what do you believe about a creator?' And he was a Christian, and he told them what he believed. And he said he now is sure he will not be approved to go into medical college. In fact, the person interviewing him got very angry at his answer because he said he believed in the God of the Bible, believed in the God of creation."
Wells said his very presence can endanger other scientists' jobs. "When I travel to universities to do my research, I on occasion have had to go in disguise because the people I was visiting stood to lose their jobs if they were seen with me."
Intelligent design advocate Stephen Meyer, author of "Darwinism, Design and Public Education," saw such persecution up close when magazine editor Stephen Von Sternberg was punished for publishing one of Meyer's articles in a magazine affiliated with the Smithsonian. In "Expelled," Sternberg told Stein, "I was viewed as an intellectual terrorist." Stein replied, "Terrorist?" Sternberg went on, "Because of giving the topic of intelligent design some modicum of credibility."
Along with getting pressure to resign, Meyer said of Sternberg, "He was really persecuted. His office was taken from him, and his keys and his access to samples. He was transferred from under a friendly supervisor to under somebody who was known to be hostile. His political and religious affiliations and points of view were investigated and questioned. And there was a whole disinformation campaign against the guy. So it was a really nasty experience he had."
All this to enforce support for a theory that many scientists quietly tell men like Meyer they doubt. Meyer told CBN News, "When you start looking just beneath the surface of the supposed consensus, you find there's a tremendous amount of dissent and dissatisfaction with the theory."
Why do Darwinists cling so to their belief? Some see it as a way to create a reality free of God and morality. Meyer said their universe is, "One where people have perfect moral freedom to do exactly what they want because there's no higher purpose to which they're accountable."
Ham added, "If you're just an animal, the result of natural selection, there is no God, then who decides right and wrong? You do. That's the bottom line."
But Ham sees that as a very dangerous reality. "If I'm just the result of natural processes, natural selection, for instance, then who am I? Where do I come from? What is my purpose and meaning in life? You remember the Columbine shootings? Harris, one of the shooters, under his trench coat the police report said he had on a t-shirt that said 'Natural Selection.'"
Ham concluded, "And that's really the legacy of Darwin."