UPDATE: This is definitely a marketing ploy. A more-perceptive-than-I friend pointed out that the movie is probably just too lousy to release in the States. If there were money to be made, somebody would make it. Nor is this a controversial film. It describes Darwin’s ideas, but it’s completely devoid of, for example, images of two monkeys giving birth to a human. New theory? It’s gotta be a marketing ploy. And we’ll love it, after hearing for a little while how edgy it is.
Evidently a film about Charles Darwin will be banned from American theaters bc Darwin’s theory of Evolution is “too controversial” for Americans.
The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia.
However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution.
Movieguide.org, an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as “a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder”. His “half-baked theory” directly influenced Adolf Hitler and led to “atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering”, the site stated.
The film has sparked fierce debate on US Christian websites, with a typical comment dismissing evolution as “a silly theory with a serious lack of evidence to support it despite over a century of trying”.
Jeremy Thomas, the Oscar-winning producer of Creation, said he was astonished that such attitudes exist 150 years after On The Origin of Species was published.
“That’s what we’re up against. In 2009. It’s amazing,” he said.
Not to be a party pooper, but to call Darwin evil because he “influenced Hitler” totally misassigns causation. This is a little like saying that the Bible is evil because it influenced the Holy Wars and indirectly “caused” so much strife. People would have figured out that it costs a village more to raise an idiot than to raise a bridge builder with or without Darwin’s help. There’s no sine qua non.
Perhaps more importantly: Whatever happened to the First Amendment? There are many medias that I do not watch, that are downright offensive to me, but I would never want them banned from our country. Many evolutionists likely passed on Mel Gibson’s controversial Passion of the Christ. Why does this “live and let live” courtesy only go one way?
I don’t come down particularly hard on either side, but if we stop being curious then we stop being America. Who will gain from closed-circuit navel-gazing? Look out at the world, easily-offended kiddos. There’s something to be said for living with eyes open, eager to learn. To choose otherwise is just . . . devolving.
What we need are a generation of Renaissance men. We should not need to return to the Middle Ages to accomplish that.