Darwin was unquestionably a racist, arguing that civilization would advance even at the cost of inevitable racial extermination.
“Follow the evidence wherever it leads.” It’s almost the official rallying cry of intelligent design proponents.
“Evolution” in its deepest sense is a foundational metaphysical commitment, not a scientific theory that one could test.
Whether the subject is evolution or climate change, the purpose of accusing someone of “science-denial” is to keep that person in line.
As I asked in a previous post: Why is Alfred Russel Wallace today a comparatively little known figure next to Darwin?