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Monday, March 31, 2008

Movie's Darwin-to-Hitler theme and the ADL

There is a lot of controversy on the Internet now about the "Expelled" movie's Darwin-to-Hitler theme. To me, the best thing about this Darwin-to-Hitler stuff -- regardless of how true it is -- is that it is a nice slap in the big fat face (in the words of Kansas U. Prof. Paul Mirecki) of the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL regards criticisms of Darwinism as extremely anti-semitic. I have not yet seen any ADL reaction to the movie.

The ADL has --
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(1) -- called the Kitzmiller v. Dover decision a "victory for students." [1]

(2) -- had that crackpot Judge Jones as a guest speaker at a national executive committee meeting.[2]

(3) -- submitted an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs/appellees in the Selman v. Cobb County evolution-disclaimer textbook sticker case and gave an "Unsung Hero Award" to lead plaintiff Jeffrey Selman.[3]

(4) -- called students "the real winners" in the Great Cobb County Cop-out, where the Cobb County school board took a dive by settling out of court with the plaintiffs even though the school board was ahead (the district court decision was vacated and remanded because of missing evidence and the appeals court judges indicated at an oral hearing that they were leaning towards reversal).[4]

(5) -- condemned the Darwin-to-Hitler "Darwin's Deadly Legacy" TV show produced by Coral Ridge Ministries.[5]

(6) -- While condemning linkage of Social Darwinism to the holocaust, the hypocritical ADL has no qualms about linking "Christian antisemitic ideology" to the holocaust.[6]

(7) -- filed an amicus brief in Edwards v. Aguillard 482 U.S. 578, 580 (1987), showing that ADL opposition to criticisms of Darwinism is not new (the American Jewish Congress filed a separate amicus brief).[7]

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What in the hell does the evolution controversy got to do with anti-semitism? Ironically, orthodox Jews tend to be some of the biggest supporters of creationism and Intelligent Design.[8][9][10][11]
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Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

So is David Berlinski, who is a "secular Jew" and an agnostic, anti-semitic, according to the ADL? He's long been one of the most prominent Darwin-skeptics or anti-Darwinists. I don't see how the ADL can take that position.

Monday, March 31, 2008 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> To me, the best thing about this Darwin-to-Hitler stuff -- regardless of how true it is -- is that it is a nice slap in the big fat face (in the words of Kansas U. Prof. Paul Mirecki) of the Anti-Defamation League. <

How can the brayings of a jackass be a slap in the face to anyone?

> called the Kitzmiller v. Dover decision a "victory for students." <

As it no doubt is. Science classes will not be diluted with religious mumbo jumbo

> had that crackpot Judge Jones as a guest speaker at a national executive committee meeting. <

What crackpot judge? The only Judge Jones that they had there is the honored Judge Jones. The creationists seem to have a monopoly on crackpots.

> submitted an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs/appellees in the Selman v. Cobb County evolution-disclaimer textbook sticker case and gave an "Unsung Hero Award" to lead plaintiff Jeffrey Selman. <

That is certainly in their favor.

> called students "the real winners" in the Great Cobb County Cop-out <

As they were.

> condemned the Darwin-to-Hitler "Darwin's Deadly Legacy" TV show produced by Coral Ridge Ministries. <

The ADL is sounding better and better!

> While condemning linkage of Social Darwinism to the holocaust, the hypocritical ADL has no qualms about linking "Christian antisemitic ideology" to the holocaust. <

What you are saying is that pointing out a false connection bars them from then making a legitimate one.

> filed an amicus brief in Edwards v. Aguillard 482 U.S. 578, 580 (1987), showing that ADL opposition to criticisms of Darwinism is not new (the American Jewish Congress filed a separate amicus brief). <

So they are consistent.

> What in the hell does the evolution controversy got to do with anti-semitism? <

Why are you making a connection? The ADL is free to take up anything that they feel is worthwhile. Jews are harmed just as much as other faiths by the teaching of mythology as science.

Monday, March 31, 2008 3:47:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

ViU driveled,
>>>>>> What in the hell does the evolution controversy got to do with anti-semitism? <

Why are you making a connection? <<<<<

I didn't make that connection. The ADL did.

>>>>> Jews are harmed just as much as other faiths by the teaching of mythology as science. <<<<<

A lot of Jews -- particularly orthodox Jews -- think they are harmed by the teaching of Darwinism.

Monday, March 31, 2008 5:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> I didn't make that connection. The ADL did. <

Just because they back two different things, doesn't mean that they make a connection. You will have to explain, or be disregarded as usual.

>>>>> Jews are harmed just as much as other faiths by the teaching of mythology as science. <<<<<

> A lot of Jews -- particularly orthodox Jews -- think they are harmed by the teaching of Darwinism. <

There are irrational fundy Jews just as there are irrational fundy Christians. I am talking about reality, not their superstitions.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 8:13:00 AM  

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